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Denise P. - Oct 4, 2004 10:32 am (#1401 of 2977) Reply

Marie, I have found Resolve Carpet cleaner will get out almost anything, including the dreaded grape kool-aide stains. Clean the stain as well as you can with Resolve and blot it dry. Then spray a washcloth with resolve (not to the point of dripping but good and full of Resolve) and lay it on the stain. Take a dry cloth and put it on top of the wet one and then iron it, being careful to not iron the carpet, only the cloth. It should take the stain right out. Mr. P took out a stain that dated before us using this method.


Catherine - Oct 4, 2004 10:48 am (#1402 of 2977) Reply


Kaitlyn looks like such a little lady in that picture! Tea parties are so much fun. In fact, when my mom kept my girls this weekend, they had a fancy tea party complete with my grandmother's best china and those cute little sandwiches. I was almost jealous that I missed it!

Also, thanks for the cleaning advice. You can never have too many helpful tips, especially for colored juice stains.

Not to sound like a commercial, but when we finally got our rug for our family room and a new sofa, it was suggested that we get our products "Fiber-sealed." I was very skeptical, thought this was like glorified Scotch-Guard, but it really does repel stains of all kinds. In fact, the man told me if I couldn't get a stain out after the treatment, he would come and do it for me for free. Well, when I was in NYC last year, my hubby allowed our then three year-old to play with acid-green silly putty, which she then proceeded to get ALL OVER the new red and gold sofa. I could not get it off, and the sofa looked terrible. That man came to my house, spent two hours, and had the sofa looking as though nothing had ever happened. I tried to pay him for his time, and he refused to take my money. It was definitely worth it to get the rug and sofa sealed, because even with puppy accidents and the silly putty incident, I still haven't had to get anything professionally cleaned. So now I recommend this to all my friends. Everyone with dogs and kids who saw the silly putty "before and after" has gotten their furniture sealed, too.

Probably, this was very boring and too much info, but I thought I would share.

Have a good Monday!


Padfoot - Oct 4, 2004 11:47 am (#1403 of 2977) Reply

It's great to see you back Steffie! I hope your enjoy living in France. Are you living in Paris or did you just travel through the city?

Flame have fun at the Ravi Shankar concert. The only info I know about him is the stuff related to the Beatles.

Fawkes, I wish you lived a little closer to Colorado. Your posts always crack me up. You would be such a fun person to hang out with.

Have a good Monday everyone!


Accio Sirius - Oct 4, 2004 1:30 pm (#1404 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 4, 2004 1:31 pm

Barbie, I'm totally with you in that I firmly believe let sleeping babies lie. Sleep problems usually become a power issue and let's face it, kid's have more stamina! Glad your party was a success.

Mike, a Ravens fan? Oh well, I like them enough when they aren't playing my Steelers, and of course we know how that last match up turned out! : (

Mare, welcome back! It's nice to see you here again. And boy, did I get a big kick seeing Kip post too!!

Edit: Catherine, did you get to the coffee house or the ice skating rink in C-ville? Glad you had fun. I'm about good until 10 p.m., then I turn into a sleepy pumpkin.


Catherine - Oct 4, 2004 1:34 pm (#1405 of 2977) Reply

I'm just popping in very quickly to give the heads up to anyone who doesn't know that JKR updated her FAQ on her site.

Let's just say that I really look forward to seeing Lupin is Lupin on this thread. She's going to be quite pleased, I think. **waves**

Well, off to see if the speculation has begun anew, given that we have updated information.

See you all around!


Leila 2X4B - Oct 4, 2004 1:35 pm (#1406 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone. Sorry I cannot address everyone individually.

Happy Congratulations to everyone with good news.

My Condolences, pity, or empathy to people with bad news.

My wholehearted happiness to those who have returned

My resigned good will to those who must leave.

And my deepest sympathy to every football and baseball fan that do not root for the Patriots or Red Sox, because we are going all of the way and will leave the rest in the dust.


Julia, I hope you had fun.


Good Evans - Oct 4, 2004 1:45 pm (#1407 of 2977) Reply

Hi all - after the weekend I am back on line!!!!

Barbie - I am glad your party went well. I was thinking of you and you Dad.

Gina - Jenna is really cute, LOL that it is not right time to bring a baby snape into world - esp when Dad is living life so dangerously at the moment!!!!

Everyone else glad yours was good - sorry it wasnt so great (as appropriate)

congrats Kasse in moving over a weekend and getting back on line - most impressive.

Our party was good - Julia you asked what I was cooking - an international buffet (thai / indian / chinese / british / Italian etc etc) went really well but drank far too much champagne!!!

Thanks for the floo powder offer girls and guys as it happened a house elf turned up (I swear) as every time I turned round the dishes were done (well either it was Dobby or my mum - they are about the same height but my mum's not quite so green !!!!).

Hubby loved his pressie (we are going for a ride on a steam train to Stratford -upon -avon and back with champagne (again!)brunch and a three course meal. Its gonna be a scarlett engine... its gonna be a scarlett engine..... **skips off to check out post threads**


Good Evans - Oct 4, 2004 1:46 pm (#1408 of 2977) Reply

Oh - and can you all send good charms to my doggie - she has been spayed today and she is all sore - my baby needs lots of hugs.


Julia.    - Oct 4, 2004 2:44 pm (#1409 of 2977) Reply

WHAT? WHAT? JRK updated! Woo-Hoo! *dances* I'm way too excited about this...

Barbie, I'm so glad to hear that your party went well, I'm sure you and the rest of your family will remember the good time with your dad for a very long time.

Good Evans, I am also thrilled to hear that your party went well, it sounds like every one was well fed!

Thanks to everyone who told me to have a good time in the sukkah. I did indeed have a good time. I didn't freeze much either, army sleeping gear is very warm, even i it does look like a body bag. Of course, my back and shoulders paid dearly for my night of sukkah fun, but, that's why there's Motrin.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 4, 2004 3:36 pm (#1410 of 2977) Reply

I'm just popping in very quickly to give the heads up to anyone who doesn't know that JKR updated her FAQ on her site.

Let's just say that I really look forward to seeing Lupin is Lupin on this thread. She's going to be quite pleased, I think. **waves**---Catherine

YES!!! **pumps fists in air**

Hey Denise! There's a certain thread that needs to be updated/deleted.


Prefect Marcus - Oct 4, 2004 3:52 pm (#1411 of 2977) Reply

Lupin is Lupin - Hey Denise! There's a certain thread that needs to be updated/deleted

Perhaps it should be deleted, Kim. But I left one last question on it. I would like to know if it was this thread that Rowling was reading to cause her to make mention of the theory.


P.S.: Congratulations on a battle well won!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 4, 2004 5:08 pm (#1412 of 2977) Reply

Thanks Marcus. I appreciate that. But I think you should take another look at my byline.


Leprechaun Jack - Oct 4, 2004 5:11 pm (#1413 of 2977) Reply

She mentioned Steve's letter in the update, saying that she couldn't answer all of the questions but would answer some!!!

WAY TO GO STEVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Doris Crockford - Oct 4, 2004 5:23 pm (#1414 of 2977) Reply

Yay, Steve! Thanks for sending that letter! It's nice to finally know that Lupin really is Lupin. But that belongs elsewhere.

I have the best French assignment today! I have to write a letter to my favourite author. Guess who I'm writing to? But it's hard because I can't write a letter like I actually would- bugging her about all of the theories and all of the books. I have to have way too much structure, and can only talk about 1 book. Oh, well, I still get to use Harry Potter in an assignment. Hope the rest of you are having good days.


Catherine - Oct 4, 2004 5:23 pm (#1415 of 2977) Reply

Kim, you rock, girlfriend! Way to put yourself out there

Yes. I will not crow too loudly about another theory biting the dust, lest I be forced to eat dirt later, BUT......

Lupin IS, has BEEN, and I daresay, WILL BE Lupin.

'Nuff said. Until later....


Prefect Marcus - Oct 4, 2004 5:29 pm (#1416 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 4, 2004 5:30 pm

So Kim, what is your new theory targeted for elimination?


timrew - Oct 4, 2004 6:30 pm (#1417 of 2977) Reply

Hagrid's Animagus is a Blat-Ended Skrewt?


Catherine - Oct 4, 2004 7:02 pm (#1418 of 2977) Reply

Hagrid's Animagus is a Blat-Ended Skrewt? –Tim

Oh, pull--eeezzze.

Lupin is/was/will be/ Lupin wouldn't even bother with THAT theory! (No offense meant to the King of Spew, natch. **bows to Tim**)

Oh, I think she has more thoughtful, flowery theories in mind, although I could be just attributing my own thoughts to Lupin is Lupin.

'Night, all. Until Tuesday....


Padfoot - Oct 4, 2004 7:23 pm (#1419 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations Lupin is Lupin! I just hope she doesn't disprove the DIGS theory as I am counting on that being true.


The giant squid - Oct 4, 2004 11:25 pm (#1420 of 2977) Reply

In light of the happy atmosphere, I will be providing hugs to the following:

Kasse & Mare for their successful moves
Sherbie for the new(ish) job
Barbie for pulling off a successful party
Marie E. for being my sister and still liking me
Betty, just because
and, because giant squids have 10 arms, one each for the four October birthdays Betty mentioned!



Marè - Oct 5, 2004 1:04 am (#1421 of 2977) Reply

Woohooo site update, site update, we finally got the Weasleys correct ages!
Okay now that I've got that out of my system and be done with being extremely happy of knowing the fictional ages of a bunch of fictional characters... I'll continue with telling you that I'm happy to be back here too.
For those who asked: I moved to Brittany, Brest to be exact. Count on me making long walks with ocean view.
Living in my new place takes a little adapting, I'm used to a student house where all is shared, and lots of things are owned by "the house". My new accommodation has no such things. After I finally managed to find myself some pans, plates and spoons and forks and such (your normal kitchen gear), I wanted to bake an egg, only to find out I had no oil or butter...
I think I finally have my kitchen problems settled so now I move on to the next thing: how to wash without a proper washing machine... (or dry clothes unsuitable for a dryer, I never realised how much I actually have of those)
But I'm still rather enjoying myself, which is good.

And as for Paris, I was so sure I was on the safe side of the escalator problem. I looked at my changing stations before I left and when I realised I had to change from the arrival station of the Thalys (not the least method of transportation in Europe) to one of the departure stations of a TGV (train grande vitesse or high speed train) I figured I would be travelling via a much used and therefor well adapted route. Alas earwax, no such thing.

And Pinky I haven't seen any french pastries yet, but I did eat some crèpes!


Prefect Marcus - Oct 5, 2004 1:37 am (#1422 of 2977) Reply

One of my favorite heroines.


Fawkes Forever - Oct 5, 2004 2:59 am (#1423 of 2977) Reply

Yooohooo Flame *big wave* Enjoy the concert!

Bouncy bouncy joy joy.... I'm in a fabulous mood.... monday was a great day for me after all, my boss told me that I'm getting a pay raise... wayhey, the dementors are in good form this weather, should I be suspicious? It's one of the first pay raises the company has awarded in three years (yes you heard me correctly... 3 years... it's not like they can't afford it... but then they only are one of the biggest software companies in the world & they did only make about 2 or 3 billion dollars profit in the last year ) I'm still polishing up my CV however LOL!

So I'm hoping that my run of good luck will filter through the rest of the forum.... *sending out lucky vibes* Sherbie... congrats on the job.

Padfoot... you have no idea how much you made my day this morning when I read your post... I've a big cheesy grin plastered on my face now. Hee hee, it's nice to know I make someone laugh... laugh with me that is... not at me Big hug to you for making me happy!

I'd love to live in Colorado... Hmmm, I wonder does my company have an office over there... I think we have one in Denver... hmm, maybe the dementors would let me come over for a visit Actually anywhere would be better than here at the moment & our '4 seasons in one hour' weather that we're experiencing. (gosh, I really am doing my bit for the Irish Tourism Board aren't I ) Right now its sunny... but freezing cold... with gale force winds that nearly blew me off my feet when coming into work this morning... perhaps I should buy an umbrella & fly to work Mary Poppins style.. least I'd beat the traffic... but then there is the whole... would the wind blow me in the right direction problem ...

Yes indeedy... I'm a bit nuts today (to say the least). Better stop typing now before I scare all you nice people... TTFN


Marè - Oct 5, 2004 3:22 am (#1424 of 2977) Reply

'4 seasons in one hour'
Hihi Fawkes, I've only been to Ireland once but I know exactly what you mean.
If it had started to rain, by the time I finally had unfolded my umbrella , the sun was shining again. In the end I just decided to leave the umbrella to itself for it never seemed to rain for more than a few minutes anyway.

I know have a vision of Mary Poppins à la Hermione style in my head, it is rather disturbing.
Anyways congrats on the raise!


mike miller - Oct 5, 2004 4:43 am (#1425 of 2977) Reply

Congrats Fawkes! I never knew that dementors had a "soft side" and could recognize "pure talent" when they see it!

I'm still trying to recover from the Ravens loss last night on Monday Night Football. We have to move on, Redskins on Sunday - GO RAVENS!

Off to check the JKR website.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 5, 2004 5:25 am (#1426 of 2977) Reply

Lupin IS, has BEEN, and I daresay, WILL BE Lupin.—Catherine

Unless right before Voldemort showed up Sirius and Lupin switched bodies. **ducks**


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 5, 2004 5:35 am (#1427 of 2977) Reply

Good morning fellow campers! It's a beautiful day out there. I just thought I'd start the morning with this lovely quote from our own Kip Carter:

I have closed this thread down being that JKR has answered the question and moved it to the Archived Section of the Forum.

Have a great day everyone.


Catherine - Oct 5, 2004 5:36 am (#1428 of 2977) Reply

Unless right before Voldemort showed up Sirius and Lupin switched bodies. **ducks** --Loopy Lupin

Oh, that is SO yesterday's news.

Didn't you know? James and Sirius are the ones that switched! D'uh! So Sirius and James switched bodies, so Sirius is the one who really died that Halloween night. James, as Sirius, went to Azkaban and escaped to protect Harry and take vengeance on Peter. Dumbledore kept Sirius cooped up in 12 GP because he really is James, except now that Sirius, who was really James, went beyond the Veil, so he's dead, too.

Lupin, though, is still Lupin.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We're hoping for pretty weather tonight because we're going to the County Fair.

Mmmmm....funnel cakes......Cheers, everyone!

EDIT: Wonderful quote, Kim. **tips hat to Kim**


Loopy Lupin - Oct 5, 2004 5:44 am (#1429 of 2977) Reply

As Marcus, I'm a little baffled what theory Kim has in her sights next. Maybe she'll clue us in later. On a totally unrelated matter, it does occur to me that JKR could have easily shot down the Harry/Pansy 'ship theory if she wanted to, but she didn't. Alas, that's a discussion for another thread.

Anyway. I want to go to the fair with Catherine. It's nippy up here. It's starting to get dark earlier. In other words, it is the perfect time for county fairs. Alas, Northern Virginia isn't that big on such things. **pouts**


Good Evans - Oct 5, 2004 5:55 am (#1430 of 2977) Reply

I've got a day off and there is no one in the chat rooms (9lex or Richards)

OH well..... I'm doggie sitting with my little girl after her op - she seems much brighter now except that is obviously a bit sore. Hopefully she willbe up and around in no time.

I'll check back later



Accio Sirius - Oct 5, 2004 7:32 am (#1431 of 2977) Reply

Marcus, Meg is one of my daughter's favorite characters too. I love her song in the movie. In thinking about it, perhaps she shares some qualities with a certain slytherin--winning over the hero after redeeming herself????


Sherbie Lemon - Oct 5, 2004 8:51 am (#1432 of 2977) Reply

Thanks for the hug, Mike! A little slimey, but what can you expect from a squid, right? And thanks for all the congratulations on my new/old job. I had an interview today (not with my new/old job) and have a second one with the same company on Thursday. I also have another unrelated job interview on Thursday as well. It has been my experience, and listen up here ICThestrals and Padfoot, that whenever you want or need a new job, first accept a "back-burner" position, one that is with a company you don't really like or doesn't pay well, or both. Then the next thing you know, you'll recieve job offers from companies that are offering positions which are much more promising. It's the same way with men. 

Congratulations, Fawkes! The dementors are finally showing signs of change. I'm sure they'll still be terrible on occasion, but the extra money helps to make the situation more tolerable.

Yay, Kim! I'm happy to see that theory go as well, though "Ron is DD using the Time turner" is to me what the "James is really Lupin" theory was to you. Now if only JK would put that one to bed too.

Glad to hear your dog is better, Good Evans. It was horrible watching my baby after she was spayed. But now she's as wild as before, and I can let her play with other dogs without worrying about the possibility of future puppies.


VeronikaG - Oct 5, 2004 9:05 am (#1433 of 2977) Reply

Phewww, I knew Lupin was Lupin! But it's good to have it confirmed by the Oracle herself.

I've always wanted to have a picture of Lupin as my avatar, looking the way I imagine him to. But as I'm not that good at drawing, I think I still may have found a solution. I'm making a sim resembling him, and using a picture of that. I may have to do some work on getting that greyish hair right, though. Well, I have the day off. Get to work.

Happy Tuesday.


Penny Lane. - Oct 5, 2004 9:27 am (#1434 of 2977) Reply

Wow Mare! Brittney.. We were just "learning" about Bretagne in my French class. Turns out my instructor is from there, so we watched a movie on it. It looks like a lovely place to live. Have you seen any of the women with their costumes on? What about people who speak Bretagne? And are the Crepes lovely? Did you get them from a person on the street or at a resturant! *takes breath*

Happy Birthday to everyone in October, Hugs to everyone who needs one, and Good luck to everyone else.

Oh, a reminder to all of you with Cats and Kittens during this October, especially in the US. Please Please keep an eye on them Many people, throughout the US, in rural areas as well as citys lose pets during the "Halloween Season" I won't get into grahpic detail, but solid black cats are more at risk.

*Big Cheer* to JKR for finally putting the James is Lupin &*E*  to rest. I just wish she would have added a little more.. "Come on guys, get a grip" to her response.

I have a statistics test in 2 1/2 hours, so I will see yall after that. Maybe. ;-)


Elanor - Oct 5, 2004 9:37 am (#1435 of 2977) Reply

Hi everybody! I hope everyone is well today!

Marè: welcome in France! I hope you will enjoy Brittany, I love that region! If you need anything, from necessary procedures (crazy sometimes) to good recipes, I will be really happy to help you! So, don't hesitate (my e-mail is with my portrait)! BTW, "crèpes" are so good is Brittany! Try the "far breton" (custard flan with prunes): it is nice too with a bowlful of cider...


Padfoot - Oct 5, 2004 10:09 am (#1436 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 5, 2004 10:09 am

*Hugs back to Fawkes* Congratulations on the pay raise! Glad they could spare a few extra gallons to show that you are valued and needed. Hm, I think I would rather work in Dublin rather than Denver. I have always wanted to visit Ireland. That's the number one country I want to visit.

It has been my experience, (and listen up here ICThestrals and Padfoot,) that whenever you want or need a new job, first accept a "back-burner" position, one that is with a company you don't really like or doesn't pay well, or both. Then the next thing you know, you'll receive job offers from companies that are offering positions which are much more promising. It's the same way with men.

I will keep that in mind Sherbie. Thanks for the advice. Still job hunting. I am so impatient. I keep expecting tons of people to call me up and start bidding wars over me. Perhaps that is a tad bit unrealistic though.


Leila 2X4B - Oct 5, 2004 10:41 am (#1437 of 2977) Reply

Marcus, so many parallels between Meg and our little Pansy...

So, who would be Hades?



scully jones - Oct 5, 2004 11:54 am (#1438 of 2977) Reply

Thank you Penny for the advice about the kitties. My scully is Black with Orange mottled bits here and there, so she's perfect for Halloween. I shall keep her inside and guard her wisely. Or I could just have Gunar guard her. He likes following her around the house. She doesn't hiss at him anymore at least.

I'm glad Jo cleared up a few things on her site, but it must be disappointing for the people who were really having fun with that theory, eh?

Talk to you all later! Sarah


Prefect Marcus - Oct 5, 2004 12:18 pm (#1439 of 2977) Reply

So, who would be Hades?

Perhaps Draco. After all, he has two henchmen following him around, too.

I think the thing about Megara that appeals to me the most is not just her moral redemption. Her outlook changed, as well.

She started out the movie as a cynical, streetwise girl who had been badly burned by men. She ends the movie open and vulnerable, ready for love.

And you are right. There are definite parallels between her and Pansy. However, analogies can only go so far. They inevitibly breakdown at some point.

Perhaps this needs to be pushed over the Pansy thread.


Accio Sirius - Oct 5, 2004 12:38 pm (#1440 of 2977) Reply

Somebody had a great link to a drawing of the Marauders in the 1970s--Padfoot, was that you? I tried to search for it, but couldn't find it. It was within the last week on one of the many threads I haunt! Does anybody remember? Thanks.


septentrion - Oct 5, 2004 12:47 pm (#1441 of 2977) Reply

Me too Marè, I'm ready to help or give advice if you need and if I can answer. So I understand you're to stay there for quite a long time ? I want to go to Brittany now to meet you and because I've never been to this region which I believe to be really lovely.

Fawkes, congrats for the pay raise ! Having experienced it myself very recently, I just understand how you feel.

Sherbie, good luck with your interviews !

I've seen the pictures my colleague took in the US. Some places are very awesome there. I particularly liked the Great Canyon and San Francisco. I now want to visit these places myself. I think one life won't be enough to visit every place I'd like to see, plus I don't have the money for it. BTW I'm going to Israël next week for a pilgrimage and I can't wait til Monday comes (waves to Julia). I'll put the photos online after my return.

For those who wants to "eemprove" their French and have fun while doing it, the leaky cauldron exists in french : le chaudron baveur.


Prefect Marcus - Oct 5, 2004 1:22 pm (#1442 of 2977) Reply

A little better picture of Megara for my avatar.


timrew - Oct 5, 2004 3:41 pm (#1443 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Pinky Oct 5, 2004 7:27 pm

She has B-i-i-i-g hair, Marcus! Can't see her coping well with a 'bad hair day'.

AHEM, Tim! ~Pinky

Congratulations on the Dementors giving you a rise, Fawkes. Just as long as they don't want a kiss as a reward.....


VeronikaG - Oct 6, 2004 2:02 am (#1444 of 2977) Reply

Le Prince de Sang-Mêlé hm.... Thanx for the link Sept. I'll keep an eye on that site, so perhaps my French knowledge returns.

Good luck with your interview, Sherbie! (You were just joking about your husband, right?)

Congrats on your pay rise, Fawksey! Maybe they are not dementors after all, just boggarts?


The giant squid - Oct 6, 2004 3:18 am (#1445 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations on the pay raise Fawkes (or, as you silly East-of-the-Atlantic types say, pay rise)! It would be cool if you got a job in Colorado, but then we wouldn't get those great Ireland Tourism Board endorsements.

Don't worry, Sherbie, the sucker marks wear off after a day or so...

I was going to say that was the tamest post by Tim I've seen in a while...then I noticed the "ahem". Now I wonder what got "Pinkied"...



Marè - Oct 6, 2004 3:31 am (#1446 of 2977) Reply

Okay, I went to look at the french leaky cauldron site (thanks for that Septentrion, I think it is indeed a fun way to « eemprove » my french.)
Anyways I followed the link to the english facts about the halfblood prince. First I got the one with Draco, which left me wondering why the leaky would think him the HBP, but then I had to close and re_open the window and found out that there are lots of pictures. Off course I had to come over here and tell you all that the squid is one of them ! I like Trevor too, but off course as proud member of this forum I actually made some kind of surpressed w00t (did I do that right ?) when I saw the squid. I really hope book six has some small squid clues just for the fun of it.

Penny Wow Mare! Brittney.. We were just "learning" about Bretagne in my French class. Have you seen any of the women with their costumes on? What about people who speak Bretagne? And are the Crepes lovely? Did you get them from a person on the street or at a resturant! *takes breath*
So far I have spotted the costumes only on the postcards, but I don,t think I will find people wearing them in the middle of the city. And as for people speaking the local language (Breton, I think) they have signs in two languages, but I haven,t heard t spoken yet. I intend to look for it after I managed to make myself understandable in French (And I just got the crepes from a restaurant, they were great !)

Oh, a reminder to all of you with Cats and Kittens during this October, especially in the US. Please Please keep an eye on them Many people, throughout the US, in rural areas as well as citys lose pets during the "Halloween Season" I won't get into grahpic detail, but solid black cats are more at risk.
Oh please tell me people just take them and keep them, right ? Or does graphic detail mean they actually resolve to medieval methods ?

Elanor Marè: welcome in France! I hope you will enjoy Brittany, I love that region! If you need anything, from necessary procedures (crazy sometimes)
I know, I had to take so many forms and papers and just when I think I covered it all it seams I should have taken a medical statement for the place where I rent my room. Never thought I needed that. I’m thinking about using the one from my diving certificat, it has a nice big «medical statement » on it. I’m a little bit worried the large PADI logo might give me away though. And I will put « far breton » on my list !

Septentrion Me too Marè, I'm ready to help or give advice if you need and if I can answer. So I understand you're to stay there for quite a long time ? I want to go to Brittany now to meet you and because I've never been to this region which I believe to be really lovely
Oh, that would be nice ! I have yet to discover all the area’s around the city, but as you said : I’m going to be here for quite some time , so I have time to see it all.

Giant squid : Now I wonder what got "Pinkied"...
That’s the fun thing about edits, a message is left for the poster to explain and at the same time all the people who come after and read it will spend a few moments wondering what was said
I kinda like the word « Pinkied » Do you think it would be different than a kippendo ?


Catherine - Oct 6, 2004 4:48 am (#1447 of 2977) Reply

Happy Wednesday!

Congratulations on the raise, Fawkes! Mare, it's great to see you posting here. Chin up, Padfoot, I'm sure that your new job is just around the corner. Sherbie, congrats on the new old job, or the old, new job, whichever!

I think I remember what got "Pinked" from Tim's post, and if I remember correctly, it was about the *ahem* dimensions of Megara's extreme hourglass figure in Marcus' avatar....

Well, back to the real world. We went to the county fair last night, and had a wonderful time. It stayed in the low 70s with no humidity, and the whole evening was a treat. The girls especially enjoyed the petting zoo which had goats, guinea pigs, ***waves to Denise!*** piglets, rabbits, and ducklings. This was the first year that Hayley could ride most of the rides with Claire, and I loved watching them together.

Of course, I like going to the Fair to "people watch" and to eat the food. I must have missed something, but the variety of fried foods that one can indulge in has expanded (along with everyone's waistline!). Not only can you get deep-fried batter as a funnel cake, but the same establishment also offered deep-fried Twinkies and deep-fried Oreo cookies! What the heck? I am from the South, and have eaten various fried foods my entire life, and I have never heard of deep-frying Oreos. So the fair proved to be quite educational.

I have to take Hayley to the dentist this morning, and I'm not exactly looking forward to the experience. So I'll see you all around later.


mike miller - Oct 6, 2004 5:49 am (#1448 of 2977) Reply

Catherine - Sounds like you had an enjoyable trip to the fair. Eating is one of my favorite fair activities! We are planning an outing to the pumpkin farm. It's become an annual tradition. The place we go has a hay ride out to the pumpkinpatch, pick your own pumpkins, hay ride back and then fresh squeezed apple cider.

I'm about to leave for the airport, quick overnight business trip to Salt Lake City. At least when I get back I'll be working at home on Friday so I can catch up on all the posts!

Have a great couple of days everyone! Happy birthday to anyone I'll miss!


ShelterGirl - Oct 6, 2004 6:13 am (#1449 of 2977) Reply


The NC State Fair begins October 15th. Do you guys make it out here for it? I would love to meet you all and we could share a deep fried snickers bar. Smile

Fair Food....mmmmmm....*drools* I took my best friend's boyfriend to the fair 2 years ago. He had never been before. When we walked in he said, "Where do we need to go?" I said, pointing, "Well, the best roasted corn is that way. Over there they have the best sausage sandwiches. Ham biscuits are best at the Methodist's stall over there. Candy apples are that way..." He just stared at me and then said, "Anything here but food?" My answer was “heck no!”

I'm so happy for everyone that had good news again this week. It's so nice to see.

Happy Birthday to all of the October people, and hugs all around, especially to Betty.



Eponine - Oct 6, 2004 6:24 am (#1450 of 2977) Reply

Julie, I really want to go to the state fair, but my husband has flat out refused to go. I might just dump him for the day and go by myself. How long does the fair go on? Do they sell cotton candy?

I can definitely identify with everyone who is job searching as I am going through the same thing myself right now. It's no fun trying to find a job.

My sister and my niece and nephew (see my avatar) are coming to visit me next week. I'm so excited because I haven't seen them for a few months.

Well, I hope everyone is having a great day wherever you are!
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Julia.    - Oct 6, 2004 6:27 am (#1451 of 2977) Reply

Good morning everyone.

Fawkes, mazel tov on your pay raise, I'd say that deserves a butterbeer. *hands Fawkes butterbeer* By the way, do you think you could loan me some of those A-Level English notes?

Mare, sounds like you're having a great time in France, I hope you continue to have a good time for your entire stay there, and hopefuly you can meet a Forumer or two.

Well, Shakespeare is calling my name, and I don't want to keep him waiting. See you all later!


ShelterGirl - Oct 6, 2004 6:36 am (#1452 of 2977) Reply


I think the Fair usually lasts for 10 days. Maybe it's 7. Anyway, I have 2 weekdays off, so if you want to avoid the crowds and eat some very bad food and watch ducks race give me a holler.

Maybe we can finagle Catherine into attending as well. Of course, we'd need a hand-truck to haul us out of there...Smile

And yes, they do sell cotton candy. And caramel apples. And red candy apples. And funnel cake...



Chemyst - Oct 6, 2004 6:44 am (#1453 of 2977) Reply

Oh, nostalgia for the fair!   It's not fair.


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 6, 2004 6:46 am (#1454 of 2977) Reply

That fair sounds fantastic!!! We don't really have much like that here in Oz. Occasionally a local school fete thing, on a small scale & then on a larger scale we have things like the Royal Melbourne Show which runs for 10 days once a year, that's pretty huge, lots of junk food, lots of rides plus heaps of farm animals, a rodeo, and show jumping that sort of thing (I live right across the road from this one!)& then in the summer we have Moomba, which is based around am international water-skiing comp. (I love Moomba!)

Wish I was on your side of the world so I could experience your fair, so don't forget to post so I can hear all about it.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 6, 2004 8:29 am (#1455 of 2977) Reply

Deep fried batter? Mmmmm. Fried cake.


haymoni - Oct 6, 2004 10:02 am (#1456 of 2977) Reply

I can see the fried Twinkies, but what would fry on the Oreos?

Do they dip them in batter and then the creme middle melts all over when you bite into them?

Do they use regular Oreos or the Double-Stuffed kind?

My favorite way to eat them is to take a really tall glass and fill it with Oreos stacked on top of each other, leaving about an inch of the glass empty. Then I pour milk over the Oreos, filling the glass up. I wait a few seconds and mash the whole thing up with a big spoon and eat it. My brothers were always totally grossed out by this lovely concoction and called it "Cookie Mush".



Flame Alligator - Oct 6, 2004 10:03 am (#1457 of 2977) Reply

Fried cake? Fried oreos.......... LOL You guys....

Haymoni, I use to make Cookie Mush too. This also grossed my brother out but he liked to eat hot dogs and banana sandwiches.

Ravi Shankar was great last night. He is 84 now and plays better than he did 25 years ago. *levitating in lotus position remembering the concert* The second half of the concert was all improvisational......it was great.

Congrats Fawkes.

Just checking in. Thanks for all the laughs today guys.

Have a good day everybody!


Edit: Just had to say...... RAVI SHANKAR ROCKED!!!


Padfoot - Oct 6, 2004 10:06 am (#1458 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 6, 2004 10:07 am

Eponine, good luck on the job search.

Accio, yes it was me who posted a link to that fantastic watercolor of MWPP. Here is the link again. MWPP I love it so much I am using it as my computer wallpaper. I just wish I had the talent to paint it.

Mike have a safe trip and don't forget about us while you are in Salt Lake.

Edit: Deep fried snickers Julie? Bleh.


Phoenix song - Oct 6, 2004 10:13 am (#1459 of 2977) Reply

Haymoni: Your cookie desert sounds interesting! It reminds me of something that my mom likes to have as a little "desert". She likes to break up corn bread in a glass and pour milk over the top. It supposedly was a pretty traditional treat when she was little. I'm trying to diet, (again!) and the thoughts of oreos and twinkies are irresistible. Throw in a chocolate covered cream filled Krispy Kreme and I'm toast!

Catherine: I hope that your daughter's trip to the dentist goes fine. I'm sure that it won't be any fun, though.

Flame Alligator: You really remind me that I need to get back to my yoga practices. I was never more fit or healthier than when I was being faithful to my yoga. (Rodney Yee, here I come!)

Hope that everyone has a great day!



Catherine - Oct 6, 2004 11:26 am (#1460 of 2977) Reply

Thanks for the good wishes, Barbie. All went well at the dentist, and no cavities to be had. Hayley is a thumb-sucker, so we are looking at some orthodontia work in the future, but nothing icky today. So hooray!

Julie, I'd love to go to the State Fair in Raleigh, especially if Eponine decides to dump hubby for a day and join us. I don't know if I am brave enough to eat a fried candybar, though. But I will join Eponine in some cotton candy!

Loopy, nice new avatar. Lovejoy's one I haven't seen from you yet, at least that I remember.

Enjoy this fine fall afternoon...


Accio Sirius - Oct 6, 2004 12:00 pm (#1461 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot, Thanks sooo much. I was going crazy trying to find that again! Just out of curiosity, which thread did you originally post that on because I swear I looked!

The state fair sounds so fun and wholesome. The ones I have found around here tend to be more carnival, which is a distinct difference. We went to the Arlington County fair once (which was funny because it was in a big parking lot in the middle of a very urban/suburban community) and I had to tackle a llama as it was trying to trample my daughter. So much for nostalgia. Julie, please have something fried for me!

Catherine, glad the dentist visit went well. We will probably be into braces soon enough too. I take my son to get his flu shot Friday. Since he is so high risk, we actually got an appointment. My daughter didn't make the cut because there is such a shortage! Happy over the hump day to everyone!


Padfoot - Oct 6, 2004 12:41 pm (#1462 of 2977) Reply

Accio I posted that link on this thread, about 100 posts ago or so.


Missy Greene - Oct 6, 2004 2:00 pm (#1463 of 2977) Reply

Hello to everyone! I've only been visiting the forum for a few weeks now, but love it completely! I've been feeling kind of creepy reading your posts today without introducing myself first, but y'all seem like a great bunch to chat with, so I did it anyway! Accio- The Fairfax Fall Festival is this Saturday in old town Fairfax. You can check it out on the City of Fairfax's website for more details. (I obviously live in NoVA as well!)

My lovely muggle husband is taking me out to a fondue restaurant tonight, I think he figured out that eating every meal in our sukkah this past week has not been the most fun for me. I've never been to this eatery, but I'll let y'all know how it goes!


Accio Sirius - Oct 6, 2004 2:19 pm (#1464 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 6, 2004 2:20 pm

Thanks for the tip Missy and welcome to the forum! Love your avatar. Ioan Gruffudd is awfully cute. I may add him to my ever-growing wish list of actors to play a young Sirius, should they ever do flashbacks in a film version of OoP!

That figures Padfoot! I was sure it was somewhere else. Thanks again!


boop - Oct 6, 2004 2:23 pm (#1465 of 2977) Reply

Hello Everyone, I just thought I should post. I am still doing good. I wish my energy level would come back. Work has been going ok, but I leave at noon very tired. Thanks for all the hugs. They had a lunch in for us housing staff to show their appreciation for our hard work.

hugs always



Julia.    - Oct 6, 2004 3:06 pm (#1466 of 2977) Reply

Hello Missy, welcome to the forum. I see that you too have been eating in the sukkah this week. I have spent so much time in our Hillel and dining hall sukkahs that I am ready for this holiday to be over! I even slept in the sukkah Sunday night. I hope you have fun at the fondue place tonight, it'll sure be warmer than your sukkah.

Have an excellent evening everyone, and try not to freeze in the last night of sukkah eating. *hugs to Betty*


ShelterGirl - Oct 6, 2004 5:28 pm (#1467 of 2977) Reply

Julie, I'd love to go to the State Fair in Raleigh, especially if Eponine decides to dump hubby for a day and join us. I don't know if I am brave enough to eat a fried candybar, though. But I will join Eponine in some cotton candy!

Hear that Eponine?? We have to go now. I *need* a ham biscuit.

However, I am a bit mortified that Catherine requires icing on the cake in order to go....Smile

Mmmmmmmm....yes....fried cake.....


Eponine - Oct 6, 2004 5:33 pm (#1468 of 2977) Reply

I really want to go. Julie, I sent you an e-mail about it.

Catherine, Cotton candy!!! You should come too!

Anyone else? Fried cake...candy apples...mmmmmmmm How can you resist?


Madam Pince - Oct 6, 2004 5:54 pm (#1469 of 2977) Reply

Julie, I had heard of fried Snickers bars but have yet to try it. I'm having a hard time imagining how they accomplish that one. But hey, if Chi-Chi's can make fried ice cream, then I suppose anything is possible.

Phoenix, my hubby remembers corn bread with milk poured over it as a wonderful dessert, too. I like corn bread, and I like milk, but I haven't tried them together yet. Seems like it'd just be mushy corn bread. Well, don't knock it til you've tried it!

Penny, ewwwwww....statistics. Yuck. Hope you did well!

Missy, welcome to the Forum. Luuuuuuvvvvvv your avatar!

Mike, sorry about the Ravens. Join the club. Well, next game should be interesting, eh?

Edit: I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but anyway -- I just got the coolest catalog in the mail today! It has lots of "fantasy treasures" in it -- from "Lord of the Rings," etc. But the best part is the Harry Potter stuff -- we are talking seriously cool stuff here! There's a time-turner necklace! (which Mr. Pince had better get me for Christmas if he knows what's good for him), and even a replica chess set like the one from the first movie that is so exact it makes me want to learn to play chess. They have all three wands of HRH which are quite different from ones I've seen from other sources -- Hermione's is super-neat looking! There's some Gringotts coins, and a Hedwig necklace, and even a Mirror of Erised that looks exactly like the movie one! I am sooooo wanting everything on those four pages! At the risk of sounding like an ad, their website is www.noblecollection.com (I have not looked at the site, only at the catalog, so I hope the HP stuff is there also.) Really neat stuff here, guys!


Accio Sirius - Oct 6, 2004 6:30 pm (#1470 of 2977) Reply

Betty, I'm glad people outside the forum appreciate you too! Big hugs!

Thanks for the info on the collection site, Madam Pince. Can't wait to check it out.


Catherine - Oct 6, 2004 7:08 pm (#1471 of 2977) Reply

However, I am a bit mortified that Catherine requires icing on the cake in order to go....Smile

Mmm.... icing....Mmmm....


Ladybug220 - Oct 6, 2004 8:16 pm (#1472 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 6, 2004 8:18 pm

Not fair! I want to go to the fair with ShelterGirl, Catherine and Eponine, but I don't move to Hillborough for another 2 weeks (and it will be gone by then). Oh well, I guess there is next year.

Yes, only 2 weeks until I move and I have only packed about 8 boxes. I would love to say that I thrive under pressure but reality is, I am a major procrastinator. I have so much to do. I am glad that I gave myself a week off before moving to do last minute things like... packing. At least I have reserved the moving truck and the storage unit that all of my stuff will be going. I don't like moving **pouts - I need a magic wand to pack it all and move it**

Mare - glad to see you back!

Hugs to Betty!


Leila 2X4B - Oct 6, 2004 8:28 pm (#1473 of 2977) Reply

Good luck on the move.



Marie E. - Oct 6, 2004 8:34 pm (#1474 of 2977) Reply

Julia, (and others,) I saw in our paper the other day a picture of some college students at Colorado College with their Sukkah. It was a tent looking thing that actually said on the top "PopUpSukkah.com". Doesn't seem very reverent, does it?

To the Giant Squid: Of course I like you, you big silly.


Penny Lane. - Oct 6, 2004 8:43 pm (#1475 of 2977) Reply

To Julia and anyone else: My school has "Hookah with the Sukkah" posters posted everywhere - but I can't seem to find the Sukkah.

Madam Pince: I think I did well on the stats test, but at the same time I'm worried I forgot someting, as it just felt TOO easy.


Julia.    - Oct 6, 2004 9:37 pm (#1476 of 2977) Reply

LOL, hookah in the sukkah? That's too funny. Actually Marie, we have a pop up sukkah as well. The point is that it travels well, so you can bring it anywhere and try to get people to do the customs of the holiday. If memory serves there are pictures of our sukkah mobile here. Click on 'sukkah on wheels,' second colum on the bottom.


Leprechaun Jack - Oct 7, 2004 12:27 am (#1477 of 2977) Reply

Well, Fame is a fickle friend. As my partner and I had geared up with all the latest doodads,belt clips, mag lights and shiny new boots with our ambulance all washed and cleaned up for our 15 minutes of fame. The producers called and said they had changed their mind with the scene that we were to be used in and we were no longer needed but and I quote "Should we ever need to use a shot in a future production of an emergency type vehicle and/or emergency type persons we will be sure to keep your company and its employees in mind at that time"


Piss off and don't call us well call you, and be sure to hold your breath while your waiting.

Alas Earwax, but it was fun imagining seeing myself up on the big screen while it lasted.



Catherine - Oct 7, 2004 5:09 am (#1478 of 2977) Reply

Aww, Jack, I'm sorry to read that you are all spiffed up with nowhere to go. You should get someone to take your picture anyway!

Happy Thursday to the Forum. Fall seems like it's really here; I could see my breath outside when I took Daisy out at five a.m. Brrr.

Have a good day.


septentrion - Oct 7, 2004 6:59 am (#1479 of 2977) Reply

Jack, so we won't see you on big screen ? Those people suck !

Padfoot, thanks for the girlie moment.

Betty, we're all here to support you. Keep on getting better !


haymoni - Oct 7, 2004 10:43 am (#1480 of 2977) Reply

Hey guys - maybe I missed it, but over on the JKRowling.com Thread, people were talking about how great it was that JKR has the website and communicates with her fans, blah blah blah...and I wondered about that Leaky Cauldron contest where we had to answer the riddle (Time) and write something about a character.

I know there were loads of entries...did anybody ever win???


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 7, 2004 11:35 am (#1481 of 2977) Reply

Oh my goodness, i have been so wrapped up in life for the past week, i didn't expect there to be so many posts.

Well I hope you have all had a good week, and for those of you who didn't, appologies and thoughts to you all.

Things have died down with my troubles a little, Mr nasty still making threats and blowing hot air down the phone! My tongue was sharper than a basilisks fang, when he last shouted at me, and can you believe it he hung up the phone on me!! One nil to me.

The children are well and life plods on again.

Well must get to the threads, I really want to become an official potty now so I shall visit there first!

Take care all



Julia.    - Oct 7, 2004 2:26 pm (#1482 of 2977) Reply

Jack, we don't get to see you on the big screen? Sept. had it right, Those people suck (and may I also point out that they need to sort out their priorities)!

Doxy, I'm so glad to hear that things are calming down. And may I just say w00t! to you for shouting at him so badly that he actually hung up on you. *high five*

Well, I'm off for a few days. Simchas Torah begins tonight, and some friends and I are going to spend the holiday at my rabbi's house. We're going to stay there through Shabbos. I should be back on Saturday night.

So, I hope everyone has an excellent weekend, and I leave you with the following...



Acceber - Oct 7, 2004 3:47 pm (#1483 of 2977) Reply

Happy Simchat Torah Julia! My friend, who claims she's Jewish (which she is, but she doesn't act it), forgot what holiday it was today.

I love the site you linked us to, Madam Pince, THANK YOU! I too would love the Time Turner necklace, although it would probably be worth about two Chanukah presents.

Nice job Doxy. Hang in there.

Jack-noooooo...I wanted to see you on the big screen. Then I could say, "I know that guy!" and my sister would say, "You know him? Can you get me his autograph?" like she always does.

I probably won't be online until Monday or Tuesday; I'm spending the weekend with my aunt and uncle in Denver. Happy times!

And I shall leave you with this:

2-0 is better than 1-1, Julia! Go Red Sox!


VeronikaG - Oct 8, 2004 2:05 am (#1484 of 2977) Reply

Aww, poor Jack.

Happy Simchat Torah to all of our Jewish members.

Welcome to the forum, Missy. I'll second the suggestion to have Ioan Gruffud playing Sirius at Hogwarts.

Actually I'd loved it if he had played Sirius all through the films instead of Gary Oldman. He's old enough, actually. They would just have to make him a slight bit less good looking to play the post-Azkaban version. But hey, Ralph Fiennes is playing Voldemort.

Good job, Doxy. Tell the scumbag the truth! (Am I allowed to say scumbag on the forum, Kip?)

Happy Friday morning.


Fawkes Forever - Oct 8, 2004 4:21 am (#1485 of 2977) Reply

Thanks guys!

I haven't been able to access the forum since tuesday.. & have been suffering withdrawal symptoms... stupid computer **&%@$*%@!# <-- curses in a Mutley style fashion. I thought the dememtors had found a new way to make me unhappy

Julia ... whoops my A-Level english notes fell victim to the purge of my old bedroom last week... sorry! They might still be in the recycle bin however.. I'll ask my mum

Hey there Betty.. always nice to see your piccie appear on this thread

Good luck with the interview Sherbie, although.. I think you've already had it. I agree with the 'back burner' job.. that has always worked for me.

ICThestrals & Padfoot... sending more luck your way

Flame... glad to hear you enjoyed the concert... was thinking of you during my yoga class that last day. Most of the class (apart from my friend & I), complained that it was really tough... we where like.. 'umm... no, that was an easy class... didn't even break a sweat' hee hee! I was thinking.. wonder what Flame would think of their complaints

Shelter Girl.. love the new avatar, *bursts into song* '& they called him Sandy Claws'... I love that movie.

Welcome to the forum Missy... always nice to 'see' a new face... nice avatar by the way

Mike, hee hee, I never thought as myself as being ‘East of the Atlantic before’… I love how we all have different ways of saying things… another thing I love about the forum… learning all these little bits of trivia

Ladybug... good luck with the move.

Jack.. don't worry... you're still an international star... on the forum .. hey we all are

HI to all... 'bit' busy busy at work... (just took me the best part of 2 hours to finally get this post finished). Most of my team are out at one of my team members wedding today... one I didn't get invited to I may add *grumble grumble* oh well! Least I didn't have to buy them a pressie

Congrats & hugs to all who need them... Happy Friday


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 8, 2004 5:02 am (#1486 of 2977) Reply

Hi folks,

One of our tabloid newspapers in the UK has gone "EXCLUSIVE" about JK killing off one of her characters in the next book, *sigh* Old news we have heard it before.

Well local bookmakers are offering these odds for the following:

Hagrid 3-1 Dumbledore 4-1 Draco 5-1 Vernon 5-1 McGonagall 6-1 Snape 7-1 Hermione 10-1 Ron 12-1 Crookshanks 15-1 Dobbie 16-1 Harry 33-1

I have come to the conclusion, that we get the worst newspapers in the world!

Still, first news about JK and HP for many months.



mike miller - Oct 8, 2004 8:00 am (#1487 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot - Thanks for the well wishes on my trip. Everything went very well, one of the most productive meetings I've had with this customer team. The place we stayed at in Salt Lake was outstanding (www.laeuropa.com if you want to check it out). I wasn't sure what to expect from an executive bed and breakfast. The only draw back was getting home last night at 1:30AM.

Cartherine - Glad the dentist went well. Do you take your children to the same dentist you use or to a childrens dentist? My daughter goes to a highly recommended dentist who's great with kids. The only draw back is he's twice the cost of my dentist!

Missy - Welcome to the Forum! We are always glad to have people join us in our obsession! I'm about to start OotP again. I picked up a paperback copy so I can highlight and make note and dog-ear pages looking for clues.

Madame Pince - As soon as I finish this post I'm off to check out that website. I've been eyeing wands for some time on eBay. I'm looking forward to the Ravens vs. 'Skins game. I hope the Raven Offensive Coordinator has learned something about how to call plays from the KC game.

Ladybug - Good luck on the move. I've been spoiled in that my last 3 moves have been paid for by the company I work for, includes packing and everything. I was amazed the first time I saw them roll my car right into the moving van.

Jack - Fame is a fickle friend!

Julia & Acceber - I'm anticipating a very interesting exchange of emails from you two as the playoffs heat up. Remember we're all friends here!

I'll be taking 3 days off next week to go deer hunting. Before everyone "freaks out", we have a real over-population problem here in Maryland. They estimate that over 10,000 deer were killed by cars last year so it's becoming a public safety issue. I hope to be successful enough to donate to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Homeless organization. They can feed 250 people with one deer, I'm guessing chili, stew or something like that.

Everyone have a great weekend!


Phoenix song - Oct 8, 2004 8:09 am (#1488 of 2977) Reply

Doxy B, I'm surprised that they're giving Hagrid such large odds. The Leaky Cauldron had put something out a few days ago that I was reading, "Everything there is to know about the Half-blood Prince unless you're JK Rowling". At the end of it there is several snippets of her past interviews. She says in one of them that Hagrid is her favorite character out of the trio and that we'll see him in all 7 books. So that would rule him out for book 6 at least. I also think that the trio will survive at least to book 7. I won't even speculate on who I think that it will be. She really surprised me the last time by letting go of Snuffles. I'm sure that she'll surprise me again!

Fawkes Forever: I can't believe that they didn't invite you to the wedding. Maybe you can mix some dungbombs up with the rice (or bird seed) that will be tossed on the happy couple after the ceremony. That'd teach 'em.

Happy Simchat Torah to all of our Jewish members! I'm learning so much more about different religions, and it's really great! Have a great time.

I have to also agree that I thought that Sirius would be better looking. I knew that he'd be gaunt and long-haired after Azkaban, but I thought that he'd clean up to be a real eye-catcher. Of course, maybe he'll do just fine in the next one...I'll wait and see.

I can see Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort. I've heard that the devil himself was the most beautiful angel. It'll be interesting to see what they accomplish with the make-up.

Have a great weekend all! Hope that everyone's is dryer than mine will be! (80% chance of rain all throughout!)

Mike: Good luck on your hunting trip. I know what you're saying about the over population problem. If there are too many they'll begin to starve and start to look for food in suburban areas. The poor things often just wind up causing a traffic accident. Not to be too graphic, but when a deer jumps in front of a car there is every chance that there will be a lot of people killed as well. I couldn't do it myself, but I won't pelt you with dungbombs for going.



Fawkes Forever - Oct 8, 2004 8:36 am (#1489 of 2977) Reply

Hee hee Barbie... *rubs hands together like Mr Burns* Excellent!

Actually I'm beginning to think I might have some magic powers... It's been sunny here all week, bloody freezin'... but sunny. However today I was thinking about the wedding & wondering hmmm, I wonder if it will rain.. & lo & behold right at the time of the ceremony.... yup thats right.. great big downpour Actually... I hope they didn't get wet.... 'cus that would be nasty! I'm not a vindictive person honest

Mike, deer hunting... I'm picturing you in checked shirt & camoflage hat! Enjoy your trip... it's all in a good cause.. feeding the homeless...

Have a nice weekend everyone!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 8, 2004 8:42 am (#1490 of 2977) Reply

Happy Frideeeee everyone!! Hope you have a nice weekend.


Denise P. - Oct 8, 2004 10:02 am (#1491 of 2977) Reply

Mike, how funny you mentioned hunting. I just went out and bought 2 yards of bright hunter orange fleece. Next weekend we are going on a Cub Scout camp out....and muzzle loading season starts. While we are camping in a protected area and hunters are not supposed to be there, we are still having everyone wear bright orange while we are there. That is great that the shelters will accept deer. I have no clue if ours does but I doubt it since we have a roadkill law. (If you hit it, you can keep it but not if you deliberately run it down) I don't hunt but know people who do and I live in a big ole hunting area.


mike miller - Oct 8, 2004 12:49 pm (#1492 of 2977) Reply

Fawkes - During archery season I hunt in full camo and sit in a tree stand 18 to 20 feet up the tree (I always sit up in the trees). Hunter orange is always worn during both modern firearm and muzzleloader seasons.

Denise - Safety MUST always come first when any firearm is being used. It is unfortunate that not all hunters follow the rules of safety. Anything else is unacceptable.

Phoenix - Thanks for not throwing any dungbombs. It's hard enough to remove all human scent without it being complicated by dungbombs.


haymoni - Oct 8, 2004 12:53 pm (#1493 of 2977) Reply

Mike - do you get to keep a deer for yourself and donate another one or is the one-deer rule in effect?


Missy Greene - Oct 8, 2004 12:54 pm (#1494 of 2977) Reply

Ioan WOULD have been a perfect Sirius! I love the H. Hornblower books, and the films he's made with A&E have been fantastic, mainly because of his fab acting. (Of course the divinely handsome face doesn't hurt either!)

Mike- I did a 20 page research paper in my old college English class about the benefits of organized hunts. The stats for deer mortality in protected areas are very frightening, even when you don't include vehicular incidents. Glad to see you helping out not only the homeless but the deer as well. My sister in law in Bel Air, MD has found at least 3 deer near her house that died nasty 'natural' deaths in the last few seasons. Eewww...

Oh well, off to wash our foster dog in preparation for the SPCA adoption fair tomorrow. For some reason, the smell of dirty hound dog just doesn't attract the people like it used to! 



Prefect Marcus - Oct 8, 2004 1:36 pm (#1495 of 2977) Reply


That is your best avatar yet, IMHO.



Phoenix song - Oct 8, 2004 2:28 pm (#1496 of 2977) Reply

Mike: LOL about removing the human scent. I live in "Sportman's Paradise" and if I've heard men discuss using animal scents once I've heard it a hundred times. Have you ever watched Ron White's comedy "Tater Salad". He has a funny bit about hunting that you may enjoy. Have fun and be safe!



mike miller - Oct 8, 2004 3:28 pm (#1497 of 2977) Reply

Haymoni - Actually, the over population problem is so bad that I'm allowed to take 10 deer with the bow, 10 with the muzzleloader and 10 with modern firearms. I don't know anyone who has come close to those numbers, although I'm sure some people try. I'd be happy with 2 for me and any additional to the homeless. Only 2 out of each 10 can be males (bucks), they're really trying to get the population under control. There are 5 counties in central Maryland where there is no limit on female deer (doe) for archery hunters.

The combination of fewer hunters, limited access to private land and still plenty of farming (food) has resulted in an estimated 250,000 deer in Maryland. The current population is more than when the first European settlers arrived.

Missy - I actually live in Bel Air!

Phoenix - Ron White is hysterical!


Chemyst - Oct 8, 2004 5:25 pm (#1498 of 2977) Reply

Denise, that is probably good thinking to have the cub scouts wear bright orange. Hunters are supposed to get the landowner's permission to hunt on their land , but only about half of the ones that wander into our woods do. I pretty much stay out of our woods on opening day and weekend mornings during hunting season and make a lot of noise on other days. I haven't seen as many deer prints as usual this year. One area that is usually fairly dense thicket was flooded out three times last spring. I don't know if one is related to the other.

Thanks for the www.noblecollection.com Madam Pince. Even in the executive section they had a potteresque gryphon clock. It's the LOTR jewelry that tempts the wallet though.

Welcome Missy, and have fun with the dog wash.


Phoenix song - Oct 8, 2004 5:42 pm (#1499 of 2977) Reply

You're right about the LOTR jewelry Chemyst. I'm hoping that my husband remembers how much I liked Galadriel's ring for our anniversary this year. I also liked the evenstar necklace. (For Christmas maybe? LOL) Very tempting, to be sure. Of course, I'm the only one that I know that always thinks of the leaves of Lorien whenever I see a leaf. "Not idly do the leaves of Lorien fall" is my favorite LOTR quote. Now I feel like watching the Trilogy again! (But feel honor bound to watch the presidential debate instead, good citizen and all of that!)

Missy, you have my greatest wishes for the dog wash. There's absolutely nothing quite like the smell of a wet dog. I know for sure right now, as it's raining so much that our dogs don't stand a chance of staying dry. They have these nice, large, dry dog houses with water proof cushions and still prefer to sleep underneath the porch. Go figure!



Missy Greene - Oct 8, 2004 5:56 pm (#1500 of 2977) Reply

Phoenix Song: my college friends and I would go out to visit their families in Bayou Pidgeon and Lake Charles whenever we could (we went to Tulane), and always participated in nutria hunts out there, which were really more of an excuse for the old guys to get away from their wives and drink moonshine in the swamps. I must say if you are after weird looking animals and some Cajun seasoned tall tales, Louisiana is definitely a paradise!

Mike: What a small world! They are off exit 80, not 77. My brother in law is a civil engineer for Harford County's water treatment facilities, and my sister in law used to work for social services.
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mike miller - Oct 8, 2004 7:40 pm (#1501 of 2977) Reply

Missy - I'm exit 80 too! It just goes to show that JKR has created such an incredible world that it has attracted so many people.


haymoni - Oct 8, 2004 9:58 pm (#1502 of 2977) Reply

Wow Mike! That's a lot of deer.

I've only had venison a few times. I did NOT care for the venison burgers, but I did like the chops that had been marinated in Italian dressing overnight.

It is 1:00 in the AM here in Ohio. Ungrateful Son is at a sleep-over and Hubby took Daughter with him to his mom's overnight to help her with a few things at her house.

I have had the whole house to myself. Ate whatever I wanted and watched whatever I wanted. Only problem is I never know when to go to sleep when I am the only one home. Thought I'd hop on the Forum to see what's what.

Hope all is well. See ya out on the threads.


Catherine - Oct 9, 2004 6:24 am (#1503 of 2977) Reply

Happy Saturday!

We have busy weekend planned. Hubby is having a birthday tomorrow, and it is the university's Homecoming Weekend, so we have all of the usual fan-induced traffic problems plus some!

We're going out tonight to celebrate Hubby's birthday at a Cajun seafood restaurant, so I can connect with Missy's and Mike's posts.

Speaking of birthdays, I have let Hubby know that I like the "Time-Turner necklace" from the Noble collection, although many items can bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses....

Have a great weekend.


Good Evans - Oct 9, 2004 9:14 am (#1504 of 2977) Reply

Hope you had a great night Haymoni - "you time" is very important!!! Catherine- have a great weekend that sounds v busy and happy birthday to your hubby!

as for me - tomorrow I am going on a 1950's bus I have the outfit to match - fitted skirt suit, high heels, full length fur (fake), handbag, gloves and hat. Should be a hoot! we have a bus trip from London to Brighton with a champagne refreshment stop half way and a reception at the Brighton end.

This starts our institute’s conference (officially from tuesday) and is in aid of cancer research. So think of me tomorrow about noon in England, I expect we will look quite a sight!! I'll try to get a piccie to post later, or maybe redirect you to the Institute site if they post there!!

Have a great weekend all - I dont know if I will be able to post this week as I will be at the conference but have a great week if I dont catch up with you all before friday.


Penny Lane. - Oct 9, 2004 9:52 am (#1505 of 2977) Reply

Wow. Where is everyone? In the past two days there have been less than 30 new posts. Crazy.

I working on a way to get motivated enough to work out every day. It's really hard though. Also, it's been a really difficult week at school. I still feel homesick, and right now I feel like it's the middle ages in a crowded tenement. Yesterday they turned off the water, and the heat. The lack of water led to the dining hall being closed, even though I won't eat there anyway, because they dont' have cough guards on their food. Okay. TTFN


scully jones - Oct 9, 2004 11:41 am (#1506 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone! I'm dragging Brandon to a Hanson concert today in San Francisco. I had tickets to the one in Sacramento, but I'm selling them to a girl from florida whose concert was cancelled earlier because of hurricanes...

Wish me luck! I'll try to keep him from being completely evil, but that's nearly impossible. Should be fun watching him with tons of screaming college chicks... Maybe I could pass him off as a cousin of the band... Just Kidding.

Have a nice weekend everybody!


haymoni - Oct 9, 2004 5:04 pm (#1507 of 2977) Reply

Where is everyone???

It's been a beautiful fall day here in Ohio - the weather was great, the leaves are turning. I think I might buy our pumpkins tomorrow.

Hope you all had a good Saturday!

We'll be gearing up for the Browns/Steelers game tomorrow. I need to move all the breakables out of the family room.

Take care all!

Go Browns!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 9, 2004 5:08 pm (#1508 of 2977) Reply

Where is everyone???

I hope enjoying the lovely fall weather...has been raining here for four days now :-(

Hope everyone else is enjoying the weather!


Phoenix song - Oct 9, 2004 5:30 pm (#1509 of 2977) Reply

Alas, earwax, there are people enjoying lovely fall weather. TBE and I are being rained upon, and rained upon, and rained upon, and rained upon. (Does everyone get the point that I'm tired of the rain?) I don't think that I've ever experienced a good Fall. I've seen pictures of beautifully colored leaves floating down from their former trees upon lovely little puffs of wind. I've only ever experienced rain and mud.

I'm reminded of that Jetsons cartoon where their building's maintenance man could raise their apartment above the rain clouds to the sun above. (What kind of geek am I anyway, to wish for something like that?)

Oh well, I hope that everyone else is having a great weekend!

I hope that your hubby has a great birthday tomorrow Catherine. Maybe he'll be inspired by his great birthday and make sure that you get a great gift for your birthday...like a beautiful "time turner" necklace!


EDIT: Yeah, TBE, I'm afraid that I showed my age on that one!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 9, 2004 5:32 pm (#1510 of 2977) Reply

Hmm, dredging up the Jetson's? An older one, ROFL

Mud pies anyone?

Edit: Waded knee deep in water to feed my horse this morning, who is also standing knee deep in water :-( Doesn't anyone need some water, Barbie and I will be more than happy to send it your way!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 9, 2004 5:35 pm (#1511 of 2977) Reply

ROFL, and you not old yet! Although this rain is getting old in a hurry!


Phoenix song - Oct 9, 2004 5:40 pm (#1512 of 2977) Reply

Missy Greene: "my college friends and I would go out to visit their families in Bayou Pidgeon and Lake Charles whenever we could (we went to Tulane), and always participated in nutria hunts out there, which were really more of an excuse for the old guys to get away from their wives and drink moonshine in the swamps."

Yep, you're right! Most of the old men that I know who like to go hunting/fishing don't catch a thing except maybe a cold. They spend the whole time telling wild stories and drinking too much. I guess that it's easier to do this away from the wives who would interrupt their stories with a good dose of the truth.

TBE: I've boxed up my nicest, prettiest mud pie for you! Unfortunately, my owl absolutely refuses to go out in this weather! (He's worse than Errol, honestly!)

Poor Rusty! I feel so bad for him! (Or is it a her? My memory's leakier than a colander.)

It's pretty wet in my yard, not as wet as yours, though. And my dogs refuse to get into their dog house. I mean, being a porch dog is one thing, but being a porch dog when it's pouring in on you in all directions? Even a chicken would have more sense than that!



Padfoot - Oct 9, 2004 6:03 pm (#1513 of 2977) Reply

I hope everyone has a great week. I will be in the mountains until next weekend. My parents invited me up/down to Telluride. It's a mere 5 hour drive from Denver. But it's really pretty seeing the leaves change.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 9, 2004 6:10 pm (#1514 of 2977) Reply

TBE: I've boxed up my nicest, prettiest mud pie for you!

LOL, I guess we will have to resort to UPS. Not even sure neither rain, snow, sleet, or dark of night applies to this mess!

Rusty is a he by the way, or rather, was. My dog (Bellatrix)was "knocking" on the door this am too, she was tired of being wet too!

In my opinion, chickens do have more sense than some dogs, but at least they are not like turkeys and will stand in the rain, heads up, and perish!

On another note..."Most of the old men that I know who like to go hunting/fishing don't catch a thing except maybe a cold." I hunt and fish, and unless I am with a bunch of old men, there's always food to fall back on, LOL


Julia.    - Oct 9, 2004 8:48 pm (#1515 of 2977) Reply

Hey everyone! I'm back from three days at the Rabbi's, and I had an amazing time, but I'm glad to be back.

Barbie and TBE, I'm sorry to hear that you're being rained on constantly. Hope the rain passes soon. As for experiencing fall, come on up to New England! It's a bit chilly, but it's really beautiful.

I hope everyone had an excellent Thursday-Saturday, and that you all have an excellent day tomorrow.

It's all even now Becca and Leila! GO YANKEES!!!!!!!


The giant squid - Oct 9, 2004 10:56 pm (#1516 of 2977) Reply

Phoenix song & TBE, if you figure out a way to redirect some of that rainfall, toss it my direction. We're "in the middle of the biggest drought in Nevada history" (direct quote from the NV Water District). Kinda funny that there could be such extremes in the same country, isn't it? Sad funny, but funny...

Cynde, have fun at Telluride! It isn't ski season yet, is it? sees the comment about leaves changing Oh, never mind.

Julia/Becca: personally, I'm rooting for the Washington Senators...



Missy Greene - Oct 9, 2004 11:27 pm (#1517 of 2977) Reply

Julia, welcome back! How's your head after Simchat Torah? I always need a few Advil afterwards. All those happy screaming children marching in circles, OY!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 10, 2004 4:10 am (#1518 of 2977) Reply

Mike (aka the giant squid), by the way, how can a squid live in such an arid region? :-) You are more than welcome to visit us, and if you build a pipeline along the way you can have all this water you want! Storming here now and I have lost power six, oops, make that seven times in the past half hour. Thank goodness for backup battery!

Can't believe I have been here two hours this morning and nobody is posting! :-( I guess I'll have to start posting, and we all know what that can lead to! :-)

Soli, please email me before I float away down here, we have an email problem we need to figure out.

Have a great day everyone! Try and stay dry Barbie!


Phoenix song - Oct 10, 2004 7:58 am (#1519 of 2977) Reply

TBE: I'm trying to stay dry, but I don't have much hope for it anymore. It reminds me of that old Johnny Cash song, "How high's the water Momma? Three feet high and risin' "

We are totally getting slammed here. I've heard that they are predicting that Tropical Storm Matthew is going to move over the North Shore and stall. NO!! I don't need it to stall right over me! How much rain can a single storm hold anyway? And I'm suppose to load up all of the kids in their Halloween costumes and traipse over to the city for my niece's party. URGH! I don't want to go, but I had to decorate the Birthday cake (a very cute ghost) so I think that I'm stuck going out in all of this! I'm afraid of getting my car flooded in the process! Oh the joys of subtropical climate living.

Julia glad to have you back! I've been thinking of you a lot these past few days. I know that you were spending time outside in the room with three walls and no ceiling. I was hoping that you weren't getting rained on as well.

Well, I'd better go for now. I have to convince these dogs to get back into their house where it's dry. They'll insist on just sitting out in the rain and whimpering.



septentrion - Oct 10, 2004 8:17 am (#1520 of 2977) Reply

And I was complaining about how dull and grey the sky is here ! Seems Noah still have work in this world.

It's probably one of my latest post before I take off to Holy Land for a 10 days pilgrimage with my church. I'll have many thoughts and prayers for you there.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 10, 2004 8:26 am (#1521 of 2977) Reply

Well, I just got back from riding my horse out of here. A friend of mine let me put him in his barn till the water goes down. It's about a mile and a half from here and at two places he was almost swimming. In the middle of one of those places I thought of the river crossing scene with the snakes in Lonesome Dove and from that point on was seeing everything that moved or floated as a potential snake.

Anyway he's dry now. Bellatrix is in the house because her dog house has water halfway up to the roof. So she's happy.

Drive safe Barbie, it's a mess out there.

...toddles off for a nap, has been a long Sunday morning.

Edit: Had to ride him because I can't get horse trailer out of the yard.


Julia.    - Oct 10, 2004 9:07 am (#1522 of 2977) Reply

Awwww. I feel so special and thought of. Missy, My Simchas Torah was awesome. Most of the kids left around 8:30 and we didn't finish with Hakoffahs until around 10:00. It was a really good time. The women's section was pretty small, but we had way more spririt than the men. After we finished dancing around with the Torah, Rabbi's wife had a really good dinner for us. We did Hakoffahs again the next morning, and it really was the most fun I've ever had on Simchas Torah, and no Advil required.

Barbie, great to be back! Sukkot, the holiday where we spend so much time in a three walled structure with no ceiling was over on Thursday, so now we're back to normal rooms with normal ceilings. I did spend quite a bit of time in the Sukkah over the holiday, and thank G-d, it didn't rain at all and I was perfectly dry.

Mike, Washington Senators, eh? To each his own I guess, but you know what they say about Washington. First in war, first in peace, last in the American League.

Septentrion, have an amazing time in the Holy Land. I'll be thinking about you while you're there. Please be safe!


StareyedSlytherin - Oct 10, 2004 11:40 am (#1523 of 2977) Reply

Wow hope the weather gets better for everyone! It's not bad here, actually sunny outside.


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 10, 2004 11:44 am (#1524 of 2977) Reply

I can't believe that us brits are always moaning about the weather, I can't believe that you all have it so bad in the US, again. When is it ever going to give up?

Mental note *never moan about rain again* and *think of others more!*

I have just been spoilt by my mum and dad, inviting us down to the New Forest for a lovely Sunday Dinner, yum. Talking about Autumn, the new Forest looks stunning too.

Hope you all have a great next week, and hopefully drier!



legolas - Oct 10, 2004 11:49 am (#1525 of 2977) Reply

If you took away discussions about the weather lots of people would not have anything to talk about Smile.

Just to add my meterological report-There has been a cold strong wind in Brum today.

Don’t the Inuit have about 40 different words for snow. Well in Britain we have about the same for rain Very Happy


StareyedSlytherin - Oct 10, 2004 11:54 am (#1526 of 2977) Reply

Yeah those hurricanes have really hit hard this year! I'm actually surprised that it is sunny here if there's mention of a tropical storm out there somewhere, we always seem to get the left-overs up here [just a few hours north of Florida] so I can only hope it continues to be good weather outside.. It's been a very interesting season for me, hehe!


SarcasticGinny - Oct 10, 2004 12:39 pm (#1527 of 2977) Reply

Hey all. Missy, that’s awesome that you're doing a dog wash! I was a dog bather for 3 years and most of the time it was really fun. What a great way to raise money for pets.

Hope the weather gets better for everyone, hopefully TwinklingBlueEyes, you can get your dog and pony back to their respective "spots". (That's so cool that you have a horse!!)

Things are still really busy here. Thank goodness for Columbus day, I get a little time to catch up on grading and the like.

...yet here I am reading about Harry Potter instead...whoops.


Kip Carter - Oct 10, 2004 1:34 pm (#1528 of 2977) Reply

To both Josh Santilli and Mike Ball,

Welcome to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum! For those who do not know, both gentlemen are editors on the Lexicon and assist Steve in making the Lexicon better.

Josh joined the staff October 20th (the day of my last operation) and shortly afterwards joined the Forum.

Mike just joined the staff and few weeks ago and is in the process of learning the ropes. He recently joined the Forum.

Welcome to all of the other new members who have posted to the Tell About Yourself thread that I have not welcomed.


Sherbie Lemon - Oct 10, 2004 4:21 pm (#1529 of 2977) Reply

TBE and Barbie, I can relate. It's been pouring here since yesterday afternoon and probably won't let up until Wednesday. Ah well, gives me time to catch up on posts!

I love Halloween but hate the temptation of the "Seasonal" aisle at the grocery store. I've avoided that shopper's trap for three weeks, but finally caved yesterday. I now have two enormous (half-eaten) bags of Milk Duds and Kit Kats in my possession. At least the dementors will stay away!

Have fun on your trip, Padfoot! At least one benefit of unemployment is not having to ask for time off work to go on a vacation.

Well, I didn't get job #2, but there are a couple more in the running that I've yet to hear back from, so you never know. In the meantime I've found that I'm actually enjoying my new/old job more than I expected. It's insanely easy and I'm back under my old manager who is hysterically funny.

Celebrity is as celebrity does, Jack. I'm sorry you were robbed of your big break.

Will those dementors never stop, Fawkes? I'm glad to see you managed to get online finally! Have a Kit-Kat and a box of Milk Duds, just in case.


Accio Sirius - Oct 10, 2004 5:35 pm (#1530 of 2977) Reply

Doxy, your post made me laugh. You sound like Bridget Jones' diary. *10 units of laughter today!*

Sherbie, I hear you. I am trying to hold off buying Halloween candy just yet, especially since we usually give the big bars of Hershey's chocolate. We live on a very short street with very few houses facing the street, so at first we didn't get many trick or treaters, so we had to lure them our way. BK (before kids) we would have a neighborhood party, and now, legend has grown and they come by the minivan full. Halloween is huge at our house!

Welcome Mike and Josh! Glad you are part of the forum!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 10, 2004 6:35 pm (#1531 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone! I'm dragging Brandon to a Hanson concert today in San Francisco-- scully jones

Sarah, this must be true love.

Well, hello everyone. Happy Sunday and welcome new Forum.


Catherine - Oct 10, 2004 6:48 pm (#1532 of 2977) Reply

Happy Sunday, and Happy Birthday Mr. Catherine! At least he is older than I am! Woo hoo!

I'm really full of very bad food now, and checking into the forum at last. He asked for, and received, the Star Wars DVD set, so it has been a George Lucas kind of day. All day, in fact.

Hope that everyone had a great weekend, although I understand that our Gulf Coast friends are having a rough time. Many drought charms and good wishes that way....

Loopy, good to see ya, and hope you enjoyed your weekend. I only wish we could get a picture of those cute doggies!

To everyone, I hope the week starts well, and good night.


The giant squid - Oct 11, 2004 12:28 am (#1533 of 2977) Reply

TBE, if I could figure out a way to pipeline the water out here, I'd make us both rich! Hope you don't float away!

I agree with Loopy--for Brandon to actually agree to go to a Hanson concert, it must be love.

Catherine, many happy returns to your hubby. You can't go wrong with a George Lucas kind of day!



Fawkes Forever - Oct 11, 2004 4:09 am (#1534 of 2977) Reply

Welcome to the forum Josh & Mike *waves*

Happy Monday to you all! I am in sleepy form today... got very little sleep last night... some morons in the neighbourhood decided it would be a laugh to let off fireworks last night at 2am.... then 3.30 am & then 5am.... I was not amused!

Yes indeedy, Hallowe'en is in the air (only 3 weeks to go ) & the nation is gripped once again by Hallowe'en fever. I swear, the shops are making it into a mini christmas! So the local kids have taken to smashing pumpkins in the road... whilst others (probably adults) have sourced some illegal fireworks to 'entertain' the neighbourhood!

Enough procrastination.... *slumps off to get some coffee & two match sticks for eyes* Thanks for the kit kat Sherbie... not sure what milk duds are... but if they're made of chocolate... I'm not complaining

Hope those on the east coast of the US are ok. Have a good monday everyone.


Chemyst - Oct 11, 2004 5:23 am (#1535 of 2977) Reply

A New Monday! My calendar indicates that this is Canadian Thanksgiving -- any Canadians out there: How do you celebrate?

'Another day of rain-threatening overcast here. The dogwood trees turned bronze over the weekend, but most other trees are still that "olive-ing" pre-change green.


Sherbie Lemon - Oct 11, 2004 5:37 am (#1536 of 2977) Reply

Accio, during my childhood your house was the elusive Holy Grail of trick-or-treating. How we longed to find someone who passed out WHOLE candy bars! Rumors would abound, of course, and we would travel from neighborhood to neighborhood, forcing my parents to take us all over the city, but alas, earwax, I never was lucky enough to find a house like yours.

Fawkes, Milk Duds are delicious little bite-size chocolate-covered caramels. They look like smaller versions of the miracle pill Miracle Max gives to Wesley in Princess Bride.

Argh! It's still raining here. The weathermen are promising we will finally see sun on Wednesday, but they never really know, do they?

Happy Monday, all!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 11, 2004 6:26 am (#1537 of 2977) Reply

Happy Monday to all. It is a holiday to many in the States today, but not to poor Loopy who is toiling away.  Anyway, have a nice week.


Julia.    - Oct 11, 2004 6:56 am (#1538 of 2977) Reply

Heh, it's not a holiday for me either. I go to a public school! Banks are closed, the post office is closed, public high schools and elementary schools are closed, why isn't college!? *grumble grumble*

Accio, you give out whole candy bars for trick or treat?! You rock! Like Sherbie, my friends and I always went around our neighborhood looking for houses that gave out whole candy bars. Although unllike Sherbie, my parents would never take us outside our neighborhood, we had like a six block radius we had to stay inside. Fortuinatly, there was one house about a block down from ours that always gave out whole candy bars.

Happy Monday to everyone, and Happy Columbus Day to everyone lucky enough to have the day off of work/school.


haymoni - Oct 11, 2004 7:03 am (#1539 of 2977) Reply

An older couple on our street gives out whole candy bars. Ungrateful Son always tries to go there twice. They also have a wide assortment and let the kids choose. If you go there late enough in the Trick-or-Treating session, they'll let you take two!!

I'm off today - I get to clean! - and take Daughter to the doctor - nothing serious.

Enjoy the day!


Catherine - Oct 11, 2004 7:07 am (#1540 of 2977) Reply

Happy Monday!

Well, we're all at school/work here in Eastern N.C., despite the holiday. **waves to Julia and Loopy**

It's just as well, as we have a sick doggie. Poor Daisy decided to get very ill around 5 a.m., and I think everyone else in the house was happy to escape. I know she's not feeling well because she didn't even beg for my breakfast. Poor puppy.

Love the new avatars, Chemyst and Loopy Lupin. They are so seasonally appropriate.

I'm jealous of Chemyst's seasonal color. Here, a few trees are showing just the merest blush of fall color. Our dogwood trees haven't even begun to color up, not even the berries. **pouts** The only thing in our neighborhood that is really looking like fall are the pyracanthas. I keep meaning to ask the lady down the street if I can take the girls' picture in front of hers. It's the biggest one I've ever seen, and it has loads of orange berries on it. If she says yes, I think I will do the girls in their Halloween costumes--very festive!

Have a great week, and see you all around.


ShelterGirl - Oct 11, 2004 7:24 am (#1541 of 2977) Reply

Good morning all.

I woke up to the news that Christopher Reeve had passed away. Being in my mid-30s, this hits me hard. The Man of Steel will be missed.

It's a gorgeous day here, with a painfully blue sky. I will send this sunshine to the Louisiana folks if I can.

Catherine- I am very sorry Daisy is unwell. Give her behind the ear scritches for me.

I'm very happy that Halloween is almost here. Every year I hit the store the day after and stock up on 50%-75% off candy. I live in a neighborhood with almost no children, and 2 years ago I had one trick-or-treater at 8pm. He got the whole bowl. Last year there were none.

In the years when I was married my ex-husband and I would have an open-house feast every Halloween. I would roast a turkey, and we would have tons of side dishes and everything was served buffet style. We preferred costumes, but they weren't necessary to attend. My favorite from one of those nights was a vegetarian stew that I served in a giant hollowed-out pumpkin.

I hope everyone has a good week.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 11, 2004 7:29 am (#1542 of 2977) Reply

Doesn't UConn have a "Fall Break" Julia? I don't think UVa ever had Columbus Day off per se but we had a couple days off in October thereabouts.

Thanks Catherine. I know we're not half through October yet, but in the spirit of things, I thought I'd put up my Hallowe'en avatar already. At least this way, I don't have to worry over it for the rest of the month. Of course, there have been numerous Hallowe'en specials on The Simpsons . Mmmmm.

EDIT-- Hey Shelter! Nice Avatar.


ShelterGirl - Oct 11, 2004 7:35 am (#1543 of 2977) Reply

Loopy, Thank you. I must say I have been admiring yours as well. I love The Treehouse of Horror. My absolute favorite was a certain dolphin screaming, "They've got nets! It's a trap!" *slap-slap*


Julia.    - Oct 11, 2004 7:38 am (#1544 of 2977) Reply

Loopy, we do have a fall break, it's called Thanksgiving. We don't get any days off in October, but we do get a week for Thanksgiving, which is nice b/c it means that we don't have to worry about getting home on the biggest travel day of the year.

Catherine, I'm sorry to hear that Daisy isn't feeling well. I'll see about sending you some doggy pepper up potion.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 11, 2004 8:01 am (#1545 of 2977) Reply

Well, frankly, I wish the powers that be would have thought of that in C-ville many years ago, because we had an odd Monday and Tuesday off in October, again not necessarily Columbus day and did have to travel on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. In fact, it was always a pain to determine which profs were or were not going to cancel on that particular Wednesday. Woe unto the prof who decided to hold the 3:30 seminar!!!

Thanks Shelter. Smile "The Raven" is my absolute favorite closely followed by "The Devil in Homer Simpson."


Flame Alligator - Oct 11, 2004 8:06 am (#1546 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone,

My sympathy for those of you getting so much rain.

I have been having computer problems........ *sigh*.... again. I did an upgrade a week ago and caught a trojan virus accompanied by pop-ups galore. Lucky for me, I can access the forum and my e-mail. Those are the most important right? I am NEVER upgrading again.

Have a pleasant Monday.



VeronikaG - Oct 11, 2004 9:22 am (#1547 of 2977) Reply

Don't say that Flame! I'm going to try to upgrade my computer. (If any of you read the rant that was voluntary to to read you know why.)

I'm having this week off school to study for mid term in network management. At least it's a topic I understand pretty well. I just don't like having tests. (Anybody do?)

Last night I started really longing for book 6, knowing it will be here in not so long (looking at it in a big perspective.) This will be the first HP book that I read (since PS) that I don't know thae outcome of. I didn'ty think I'd read all the books, so when I found the Lex shortly after the release of OotP, I wasn't too worried about spoilers, if you know what I mean. But I wish I could have been surprised to find out Lupin was a werewolf, shocked that Scabbers was an evil person, grieved over Sirius and been in suspense about how the books would end. I want this book to come out so much.

*goes off to look for new theories*


Catherine - Oct 11, 2004 4:36 pm (#1548 of 2977) Reply

I just don't like having tests. (Anybody do?) –VeronikaG

I laughed when I read this, reminded of Hermione in the SS movie, saying that her exam was enjoyable. Back in the day, I actually liked English or History tests, although I absolutely hated math and science tests. I'm sure these days a test of any kind would reduce me to mush. I still have nightmares in which I am due to be tested on an entire year's worth of Calculus, and in the dream I have either "forgotten" to go, or "didn't realize" that I was in the class. Oh, the horror...

This is all made much worse considering that I am married to a chemist who says he "only" took through Calculus IV, and that he's "no good" in math. Oh, pull--eaze...

Well, I'm very sleepy, and already longing for bed, thanks to Daisy's early morning illness. Have a good evening, all.


boop - Oct 11, 2004 3:53 pm (#1549 of 2977) Reply

Welcome all new member. Have a look around and add your ideas too. This is a very friendly forum so don't worry about where your idea is silly we want to hear it anyway. Check out the chat thread and say hi and join in any time. There is lots of support here, so when in need just ask. Again welcome to the forum

hugs always Betty


Gina R Snape - Oct 11, 2004 6:26 pm (#1550 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone. ::waves at Kasse, who I got to see on Sunday::

I met my niece this weekend! She is *such* a calm baby, it's really amazing. It never ceases to amaze me how they can be sooooo little, and have personalities (well, temperaments I guess) so early on. My nephew was very fussy from the start, and there was nothing healthwise to account for it. :shrugs:

I will let you all know when I've got pictures posted, for those interested.
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Prefect Marcus - Oct 11, 2004 7:09 pm (#1551 of 2977) Reply

Nice Avatar, Gina.

I've got a problem with it, though. The Death Mark is supposed to be on is Left Forearm, I believe.

* *pick, pick, pick, pick, pick**

Possible solution, flip the image and redo the caption. :-)


Gina R Snape - Oct 11, 2004 7:17 pm (#1552 of 2977) Reply

Heh. Thanks...I think.

Anyway, I didn't draw the image. So don't blame me!


The giant squid - Oct 11, 2004 10:56 pm (#1553 of 2977) Reply

Catherine: Well, I can't say I liked math, but I did pass Calculus II with an A and only showed up for the tests...in my defense, all Calc II was was Calc I with the z-axis added to x & y. 🤷 I only got a C in Calc III, if that helps.

And before y'all think I'm bragging, I'll also point out that of the three kids in my family I'm the only one who didn't graduate college, much less get a job in my chosen field. Still, I get free movies & all the popcorn I can eat, so I'd call it a draw.


Catherine - Oct 12, 2004 4:34 am (#1554 of 2977) Reply

Happy Tuesday.

Well, I can't say I liked math, but I did pass Calculus II with an A and only showed up for the tests...in my defense, all Calc II was was Calc I with the z-axis added to x & y. 🤷 I only got a C in Calc III, if that helps. –Mike

Oh, yeah. Only a "C" in Calc III. That helps loads! As far as your career, Mike....mmmmm....popcorn!

Nice catch, Marcus, on Gina's avatar...I think. We can all pick nits with the best of them. Gina, love the avatar, and your niece sounds like a lovely baby, and I hope her parents are enjoying her.

Have a good day, everyone.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 12, 2004 5:49 am (#1555 of 2977) Reply

Hehehehe, Marcus. It is always nice to know that "insufferable know-it-alls" abound around here. Smile

Happy Tuesday all.


Julia.    - Oct 12, 2004 5:56 am (#1556 of 2977) Reply

Loopy, I absoulutly LOVE your avatar. Poe Rocks!

I'm about ready to crucio my computer. MS told me to update, I updated, and now it's being weird, it keeps randomly signing me off of AIM and MSN messanger. So I appologize in advance to anyone it does this to. If anyone knows how to make this better, I'd love them for ever.

Happy Tuesday everyone.


Sherbie Lemon - Oct 12, 2004 6:29 am (#1557 of 2977) Reply

YAY!! The sun is finally out! It's still unseasonably cold, but at least it's not raining anymore.

Sorry to hear about your computer, Julia. Did you try turning it off and then turning it on again? Isn't it funny that the professional computer guys will instruct you to do that first thing? What's even weirder is that it often works.

Mike, I was actually going to take Calc. 1 because I enjoyed college Algebra so much. But then I came to my senses and realized I was an English major and didn't really give a fig about variables or the x-axis. So needless to say, I did not further my math knowledge and I couldn't be happier about it.

Love the avatar, Gina! What amazes me about babies is their senses of humor and ability to recognize music. I love hearing a baby laugh. I always expect to hear a giggle but typically their laughter is kind of croaky and never fails to take me completely off-guard. Recently, when I saw a baby who could barely stand-up, dance, I realized how incredible it is that they instinctively move to music. I can't wait to see pics of your niece.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 12, 2004 6:48 am (#1558 of 2977) Reply

Thanks Julia. I actually hunted around and found some other stuff from Simpson Halloween specials so stay tuned. But Poe stays for while because it reminds me of that particular show. James Earl Jones reading the Raven was genius.


Flame Alligator - Oct 12, 2004 7:22 am (#1559 of 2977) Reply

Julia, The exact same thing happened to me with two MSN updates. One 3 months ago...... which took 3 months of weekly visits by my computer guy trying everything under the sun and calls to MSN Tech Support to clear up. That upgrade caused problems all over my area. Business computers crashed. And I just did an update/upgrade that let in a trojan virus. *grrrrrrr* My computer guy is coming today to try to use DOS to clear it out. If that doesn't work, he is going to strip everything out and reprogram. Uh!

Fawkes, In response to something you said a while back about yoga students complaining. My students DO complain about my working them hard but always say they feel really good at the end of class. My problem is if I am tired or feeling really happy I tend to work us all too hard. Last Thursday, I had us doing one too many balances. Even I got tired. Everyone started to wobble and fall. Most people think yoga is a "wimpy" thing but anyone who has taken a power yoga class or Vinyasa (Flow) Yoga Class knows better. Hmmm....... maybe I have a bit of a complex and I am overcompensating........ you think?

I have been reading The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene (String Theory Quatum physics). I am bit weird when I come back to.....um....... this dimension. My imagination and my intellect are a bit worn out from "holding" this theory and it's mechanisms. Please forgive any oddness on my part. Now,if I could just wink/blink into a sunny dimension. It's rainy and gloomy today.

Happy Birthday to all who sprung forth into the world today.

Have a good day everybody!



haymoni - Oct 12, 2004 7:44 am (#1560 of 2977) Reply

Flame - I thought of you recently - I was flipping through the channels and heard "yoga" and stopped. It was MTV of all things and they had that show where they fix up people's cars. (I hate the title of that show and refuse to say it.)

Anyway, they were working on some sort of jeep for a yoga instructor. She looked waaay too young to be teaching yoga, let alone spell y-o-g-a. They rigged up a TV in the back of the jeep - supposedly to help her teach yoga outside (???) - and then they gave her a weekend away at a yoga retreat someplace where she could sharpen her skills and "get yogi with it".

I've never tried yoga - once I stop going to baseball games and swimming lessons, I'll get some me time back and try it. I did see a session on Queer Eye that looked very challenging and after seeing that, I thought it would be something that I would like to do.

How do you find a good yoga instructor? The only person I know that does yoga has fibromyalgia (? spelling) and doesn't seem like she would be the type to do anything too challenging.


Phoenix song - Oct 12, 2004 9:04 am (#1561 of 2977) Reply

Yoga is really great. I use to practise quite regularly, but I allowed myself to fall out of the habit. I'm trying to re-instate it again, though. I don't know of any reputable place that teaches yoga near me, so I've always used the tapes that I found at Gaiam.com. I particularly like an instructor named Rodney Yee. I discovered him when he taught a class on Oprah a few years ago.

It really does help with flexibility, muscle tone, and relaxation. Anybody who thinks that yoga is for wimps hasn't ever tried it. There's a lot more to a yoga practice than just placing your palms together and humming.

The rain has finally cleared up here. We're left with lots and lots of mud, though. At least I live in an area where the houses rarely flood. There are a lot of people who did flood in the past few days. That's really a nightmare for anyone who hasn't experienced it.

Well, I need to go and do my daily work. YUCK! Hope that everybody has a great day!



Madam Pince - Oct 12, 2004 1:55 pm (#1562 of 2977) Reply

Hope the rain is letting up for all who have had problems with it lately. We haven't had any rain for too long -- my fall mums are all sad looking. Guess I should get out there with the hosepipe.

We spent the weekend at our little cabin in the mountains. Had some final touch-ups to do such as painting the interior doors. We "rescheduled" the project of hanging border on the bathroom walls when Mr. Pince lapsed into a verbal tirade which is not at all suitable for this Forum -- apparently we need a different sort of glue to make it stick properly and not just curl up and/or hang down over one's head. It was a nice weekend, though; the leaves are turning colors and were just beautiful. We saw lots of wildlife -- several big bucks (male deer) and also lots of females, and I saw my very first "out-in-the-wild-as-opposed-to-in-the-zoo" bear! It was so exciting! I was driving up the road at night, and saw the "reflected eyes" and thought it was just a deer, but as I got close I realized it was either Snuffles or a big black bear! He just loped across the road and over the embankment, and didn't look at the car even once.

Mike Miller, hope you have some luck hunting this week. (Nice second-half performance from your Crows, by the way. ) I know exactly what you mean about the deer overpopulation problem. Out in the rural area where I grew up, there's tons of them but it's not such a problem due to the smaller human population. However, just last night we drove through a very urban area in Northern Virginia, and saw a huge buck just standing in the middle of a road in a nice neighborhood. There's a very busy road quite near there, and I hope he manages to get back where he belongs without causing an accident. A man Mr. Pince works with lost his college-aged daughter two years ago in a bad accident with a deer - she was sitting in the middle in the back seat and the deer came right through the windshield and between the front bucket seats. It was such a tragedy. The whole family was in the car but nobody else was hurt. Mr. Pince is a hunter too, but has to wait for gun season; he has trouble using a bow since he had shoulder surgery. It's truly preferable to harvest the deer and utilize the meat rather than see them die slowly from overpopulation starvation, or after being hit by a car. That's always so sad. We use almost every part -- we make deerburger out of even the tiniest leftover bits and it is completely interchangable in any recipe calling for regular hamburger.

By the way, I have a fantastic recipe for venison tenderloin with mushroom sauce that I found in a cookbook of very fancy-schmantzy restaurants in New York City -- I had to laugh because the instructions called for venison and then put in parenthesis after that "(this is the meat of a deer, which can be bought at gourmet or specialty meat shops.)" Growing up in the country, it had never really dawned on me that anyone would need an explanation for this, but it completely made sense once I thought about it.

Speaking of which, here's a question ideally suited to our wide Forum membership -- I have often wondered about the "kidneys" which are frequently mentioned in books as a breakfast food in the British Isles. Are they really kidneys, or is that just a term for something else? What kind of kidneys are they, and how are they cooked? Are they commonly eaten, or is it something that was more popular in years past? It seems like there is some mention of "steak-and-kidney pie" or of "eggs and kidneys" in almost every British novel I've ever read. Any Brits out there who are kidney fans?

And I hope I have not completely grossed out any vegetarians. If so, I apologize!

Denise, your hubby's new picture is just as lovely as the other one! Glad he's back to "normal" for you!

Catherine, hope Daisy is feeling all better!

Sarah, I agree with Squid Mike -- Brandon must truly have it bad!

OK, well I'm off to write to the Noble company and ask for a commission on their HP jewelry sales.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 12, 2004 3:05 pm (#1563 of 2977) Reply

Denise, does your husband know you're posting pictures of him on the Forum? It seems to me you're pretty free and easy with everyone else's picture but you are nowhere to be seen. Why is that? Hmmmmm? (And why do I think "bwahahahahah" will be your response to this?)


Denise P. - Oct 12, 2004 4:01 pm (#1564 of 2977) Reply


Could be because usually *I* am the one taking the photo. Yes, he is well aware that I post pictures of him and the rest of the gang up on the interenet. And for the record, I have had more than one picture of me up here


mike miller - Oct 12, 2004 6:27 am (#1565 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Oct 12, 2004 4:05 pm

Welcome all newcomers to the Forum! You will quickly find that this is a very addictive site. I'm looking forward to your toughts and ideas, please share! The search function is great if there is anything in particular that has been bothering you. Drop by the Chat for Members thread and please don't be put off by the nature of our posts. We're a friendly group who genuinely cares about our fellow Potterholics.

Josh - Glad to have you aboard. I too am interested in archery having shot for about 12 years now. How long have been into archery? and what kind of bow do you shoot? You can answer over on the Chat thread so we can keep this one "clean".

Edit: Mike, I moved your post over to the chat thread since that is where this post truly belongs My next comment is directed to EVERYONE, it just happens to be in Mike's post.

The Tell About Yourself thread is for introductions ONLY Any response to something posted there needs to take place on the CHAT thread.

~Denise P.


timrew - Oct 12, 2004 5:15 pm (#1566 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Oct 12, 2004 6:07 pm

Can someone give me the address of Richard's Chat Room? The Forum one only seems to have me in it; and I was finding a lot of people in Richard's......

I sent Tim an email with a response to his question. I removed the links to Richard's site because we have no control over what is posted or said there. Being we are a part of the Lexicon, I had to do that because of I could not always verify if the contents on a remote site meet the standards of the Lexicon.

I checked the Chat Room at Richard's and there was no one there; however we had four in our Forum chat room (Denise P, Carla Hodge, timrew, and myself). – Kip


Denise P. - Oct 12, 2004 5:34 pm (#1567 of 2977) Reply

Tim, if you post when you are going in there, people will show up. If you just pop in, it is very hit and miss. I will go over there right now and hope you come in!


Gina R Snape - Oct 12, 2004 5:54 pm (#1568 of 2977) Reply

Don't listen to Denise about the pictures! The only ones of her I've ever seen were either as a teenager, or a tiny blip in a family photo!


DJ Evans - Oct 12, 2004 6:20 pm (#1569 of 2977) Reply

Gina: Don't listen to Denise about the pictures! The only ones of her I've ever seen were either as a teenager, or a tiny blip in a family photo!

Hmmm, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought the same thing. As those are the only ones I've seen of Denise too!!! (Like I've got a lot of room to talk, since I've never posted a pic of myself) Gina, you've definitely got a cutie there in your new niece!!! What a precious gem she is! Enjoy the heck out of her!!!

Well, I know I haven't posted much here lately -- just haven't had anything to say really. Besides the rain that is!!! Which after 4 solid days of it we finally had one day (today) of it just being cloudy but no rain. Though this evening it sure looked like it could do some more of it!

For those who have had or will have -- Happy Birthday!!! And good luck to those who are really in need of it right now!

Later, Deb


Denise P. - Oct 12, 2004 7:02 pm (#1570 of 2977) Reply

I never said they were good or clear pictures of me! They were still pictures of me though Okay, for those who truly are interested, here is a picture of me and my big brother that was taken in July.


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 12, 2004 7:27 pm (#1571 of 2977) Reply

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all great! I'd just quickly like to share my little bit of news with any fellow cat lovers out there (I love dogs too!!) On the week-end my partner (Ben) & I decided finally to add to our little family (just us two) so we went off and bought a wonderful little kitten, he's a bit of everything but he's just beautiful, he's black, grey & white with green/grey eyes, and due to a slight obsession both my partner & I have his name is now Elvis! And I am one very proud mama, when I figure out how to do it I will post a pic of my beautiful little man! :-)


Gina R Snape - Oct 12, 2004 9:03 pm (#1572 of 2977) Reply

Oooh, congratulations Daioma! I can't wait to see the pictures.

Thanks for backing me up there, DJ. I promise, more baby pictures are forthcoming!


Julia.    - Oct 12, 2004 9:09 pm (#1573 of 2977) Reply

Mazel tov Diaoma! I hope you'll get much naches from your newest family member.

I've already been told that Leila and Julie aren't talking to me, so I'll just leave you all with this.



Chemyst - Oct 12, 2004 9:56 pm (#1574 of 2977) Reply

Loopy, your avatar is worth ravin' over.
Hi, Deb. Its nice to "read" you again - and your avatar is cute boo.


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 12, 2004 10:03 pm (#1575 of 2977) Reply

Thank-you both Gina & Julia! Oh & congratulations on your newest family member Gina, she is lovely. I will have a new nephew or niece in just under a month! I'll keep you posted.

Julia, just one question, I don't mean to sound stupid (which I most likely do!) but what does "naches" mean?? I'm an aussie, it's not a word I've heard before.


The giant squid - Oct 12, 2004 11:03 pm (#1576 of 2977) Reply

Catherine, the popcorn is a great perk...for about a week. After that, not so much. The free movies are still good, though. The only downside is that, as projection manager, I have to watch them all. And as we all know, for every Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban there are a dozen Giglis...

Julia, congrats on your team; Leila & Julie...well, there's always next year.

We're having the exact opposite problem as the Pinces in one of our rooms. We decided to repaint it, and to do so we removed the tacky border along the ceiling. Lo and behold, beneath it was another border, this one attached with a much stronger adhesive. A closer look revealed it to be actual wallpaper, as opposed to the peel-and-stick stuff normally used (and what was over top of it). Naturally, the wall itself is textured, so the usual methods of removing wallpaper aren't working. Our next step is going to be borrowing the mother in law's steamer & seeing if that'll make it let go; if that doesn't work, I guess we'll have to sand the stuff off & re-texture.

This is a necessity because we plan on installing shelves to hold our HP Legos, but the wife demands it be repainted first and she refuses to paint over the border. I tried to tell her that no one would see it once the Legos are up there anyway, but she didn't buy it.

giving his smilies a workout tonight


Fawkes Forever - Oct 13, 2004 2:46 am (#1577 of 2977) Reply

Mornin' all!

Madame Pince... I hate to break it to you, but in Steak & Kidney pie.. it's real kidneys used. I know, I'm not a fan either. In fact in the HP books when Harry, Ron or Hermione are tucking into a piece of Steak & Kidney pie... I try not to dwell on it too much. Some people quite like it though, I have tried it.. but nope, it's not for me. The kidneys normally come from sheep or cows. If anyone is interested (which I sincerely doubt), here's a recipe http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/steakandkidneypie_10931.shtml

Apologies in advance if I've grossed anyone out!


boop - Oct 13, 2004 3:51 am (#1578 of 2977) Reply

today is your special day bigicle1414(Sean) Hope you have a wonderful Day Sean!!


ShelterGirl - Oct 13, 2004 6:12 am (#1579 of 2977) Reply

Squid Mike-

Leila & Julie...well, there's always next year.

Next year?? Try tonight...


Gina- Your neice is just beautiful.

Hope everyone is having a decent day. It's pouring buckets here. My goal for the day is to not be covered in wet Carolina red clay at the end of my work shift. I doubt I will succeed. Rude puppies...


Leila 2X4B - Oct 13, 2004 6:56 am (#1580 of 2977) Reply

Right on, Julie. PEDRO BABY, YEAH.



Julia.    - Oct 13, 2004 7:00 am (#1581 of 2977) Reply

Leila, who's your daddy?


Leila 2X4B - Oct 13, 2004 7:17 am (#1582 of 2977) Reply

Did I hear something?



Flame Alligator - Oct 13, 2004 9:26 am (#1583 of 2977) Reply

get yogi with it. Haymoni

LOL Haymoni, Are you interested in joining a yoga class or learning at home? Or maybe both? Usually, most yoga studios will let you either have the first class free or you pay a "guest fee" for 1 to 3 classes to see if you like the class and instructor. I think you are looking for Vinyasa Class (Flow). This means you do a series of moving postures and then hold 1 or several postures in succession and then flow again. I like Rodney Yee's tapes but he does not flow. To learn the basics of Yoga I like YogaZone.com, (The Power Yoga DVD/Video) because they go into detail explaining the postures/asanas. You can also try your local YMCA which is usually less expensive. Just take a couple of classes first before you buy a package. I also highly recommend a television show called Inhale. It comes on the Oxygen cable channel. (Yeah.... Inhale... Oxygen channel..... hee hee) It is usually on early in the morning. Perhaps you can tape it. The instructor, Steve Ross, on that show is excellent and fun. If you have any questions, e-mail me. (click on my name.)

Giant Squid Mike, Why do you have to watch ALL the movies?

Have an interesting day everybody.



Loopy Lupin - Oct 13, 2004 9:34 am (#1584 of 2977) Reply

Hello all. Happy Wednesday. Thanks for the compliment Chemyst. I like your seasonal avatar too. Hiya tim!


mike miller - Oct 13, 2004 11:20 am (#1585 of 2977) Reply

Happy Wednesday Afternoon to everyone!

Madame Pince - Unfortunately, my plans for this week have gone astray. I went hunting this morning with no luck, saw one but no shot opportunity. Now I'm working from home in preparation for an emergency trip to Chicago. One of the people I work with who supports our business at Walgreens (large US drug store chain) was in a very bad car accident and I have to go and fill in for her. Well that almost 4 hours in a plane to re-read OotP!

Denise - Thanks for moving my post. I've often wondered where to put a response to an introduction since I'm never sure if the person will check there on the this thread. Now I have my answer.

Julia - I will only support the Yankees when Moose pitches. Since I support the Orioles it's about all I can do. I will support which ever team from the American League that gets to the World Series.


Phoenix song - Oct 13, 2004 11:43 am (#1586 of 2977) Reply

The Giant Squid: I have an idea for your wallpaper dilemma. I had trouble removing wallpaper from my girls' bedrooms to re-paint. (The little darlings had "picked" at it necessitating complete removal!) My husband suggested what's called a "heat gun". We got it at Wal-Mart for around $20. It looks like a small hairdryer, but projects a lot more heat. It has a scraper on the end to help to peel old wallpaper or paint off. It really made short work of our project. If your wall is textured you'll have to probably use one of those little plastic scrapers instead of the metal one that comes with the heat gun. I hope that it works for you.

I've been busy trying to get my computer up and running again. It's driving me insane! I am not very computer savvy, so it's really eating my lunch. On the bright side, though, the rain has stopped! We're expecting more tomorrow, but I'll take what I can get.

I need to go and corral the kids, they see me on the computer or on the phone and seem to think that I don't know what they're doing. Go figure!



legolas - Oct 13, 2004 12:33 pm (#1587 of 2977) Reply

Love your care bear its very cute Smile


scully jones - Oct 13, 2004 12:52 pm (#1588 of 2977) Reply

I seem to have acquired Aunt Marge syndrome. My index finger is swelling up like a balloon! I think a bug bit me on my knuckle... I itched it a bit yesterday, but I haven't touched it once today.... I can't even bend it anymore! It's spreading down to my knuckle! It's hilarious! Anyway, I'm not too worried about it, I'll run to the store and pick up some hydrocortizone or whatever. I just thought it was funny, because it reminds me of Aunt Marge.

My brother Andy calls me now and then, but all he talks about is how excited he is to be a daddy next month. It's so funny, I'm happy he doesn't talk about Iraq anymore. He just says things like "I bought a nose-booger-suckie-thingy!" and "I bought a diaper genie!". I'm happy for him, really, it's fun. They're due on the 12th next month, so it's getting close. He keeps saying it could happen anytime... But I remind him he doesn't really want it to happen TOO early...

Everything's good on the home front, I'm going to FINALLY get my license soon. I took driver's ed a long time ago, but I never did get my license. I'm going to have to learn a stick shift, because that's what Brandon's car is. Wish me luck... Any advice?

Yay for Julia's Yankees! We were a bit disappointed that the Giants didn't make it to the playoffs, not even wildcard. It's all the coach's fault. Stupid Alou..

Happy Birthday to everyone I haven't said it to the last few months!



Prefect Marcus - Oct 13, 2004 2:04 pm (#1589 of 2977) Reply

New avatar


Leila 2X4B - Oct 13, 2004 2:06 pm (#1590 of 2977) Reply

I LOVE IT. Awww. That is one of the best parts of the movie. WEAK ANKLES!!!!



Phoenix song - Oct 13, 2004 2:29 pm (#1591 of 2977) Reply

Thanks legolas, I thought that the bear was cute, too. I figured if I couldn't actually have "fall" like weather then I could at least look at a cartoon of it. I like your name! I really am in the mood the watch the LOTR movies again. Blasted debates are on again tonight, though.

Sarah, good luck on the driving test. I'm sure that you'll do just fine. I, although, was SO afraid of taking the actual driving part of the test that I just kept my permit for 5 years. (DON'T TELL!) I bet that I'm the only person that's ever renewed a learner's permit. LOL! There's always room for perspective and humor in these situations! Again, good luck and keep a close watch on that finger. I knew somebody that had unknowingly got bitten by a spider. She didn't think too much about it and was seriously ill by the next morning. (Maybe it was one of those dangerous pests that JKR has written about?)

LOVE the new avatar Marcus! {I'm still on the fence between Ginny and Pansy, though.}

Can anybody tell that I've finally taken a step forwards and tried to learn how to do the smilies? I figured that I'd have to since my humor is so often misunderstood!

More good news came for me this afternoon! (Yeah! Things are starting to turn around!) I've been playing the CBS Big Brother Fantasy Game for 5 years now, and this summer I was one of the top 100 winners. Okay, I was like #99 and only won a hat, but still it's the FIRST time that I've ever won any contest. I'll take it with a big smile.

Well, I really must get back to work. I promised myself that I would sweep, mop and wax the floors today. Have a good evening!



Catherine - Oct 13, 2004 2:40 pm (#1592 of 2977) Reply

Well, I really must get back to work. I promised myself that I would sweep, mop and wax the floors today. Have a good evening! –Barbie

Where's a house elf when you need one?

Sarah, good luck with the driving thingy. I have never learned to drive stick shift because my dad would never let me practice in his car, which was his "Precioussss." Now, I'm just committed to buying vehicles with automatic transmission.

Marcus, you're really putting yourself out there with Pansy and Harry. I admire your perserverance and fortitude, even if you are quite wrong!

Enjoy your evening, everyone.


legolas - Oct 13, 2004 2:41 pm (#1593 of 2977) Reply

Your bear brings happiness to the Autumn months.

I chose my name because of my love for LOTR and the love of the character. I have been putting off buying the DVDs because I wanted the extended triple box set. Its coming out at the begining of December. I have told Santa that I will be very good up till then and on my best behaviour . Cant wait to watch them one after another till they become unplayable. Have been consoling myself with the book reading instead.

Dont work yourself too hard Catherine.


timrew - Oct 13, 2004 3:53 pm (#1594 of 2977) Reply

Hi, Wayne!

legolas: I have been putting off buying the DVDs because I wanted the extended triple box set.

Me, too, legolas. In fact, I'm hoping that someone will buy it for me as a Christmas present!


legolas - Oct 13, 2004 3:56 pm (#1595 of 2977) Reply

You can preorder it on Amazon- It is released on 10th December.


Julia.    - Oct 13, 2004 5:12 pm (#1596 of 2977) Reply

Diaoma, naches is Yiddish for joy, or happiness. Game time everyone! Who's your daddy?


Gina R Snape - Oct 13, 2004 5:24 pm (#1597 of 2977) Reply

Hey, everyone! I really didn't know where to post this, so I'm posting it here. It's a site with Potter-themed street names. Cool, eh?


Anyway, the weather is getting chilly here in NYC. I can finally wear my Slytherin jumper! I'm still waiting for someone to see me wear it and recognise it. Oh, and still nobody notices my Slytherin notepad when I use it.


The giant squid - Oct 13, 2004 5:37 pm (#1598 of 2977) Reply

Sarah (Scully), good luck with the manual transmission. I held out for years myself, but once I got past the clutch-gas-stop-the-rolling-panic I've never looked back. Manual transmission cars are less expensive and get better gas mileage than automatics. Plus, keeping a hand on the shifter forces you to put down the cell phone--another big plus, IMHO.

Flame Alligator asked:
Giant Squid Mike, Why do you have to watch ALL the movies?

Every film that comes in needs to be "screened"--watched to make sure there are no scratches, bad splices, weird color or sound issues, etc. The goal is to make sure the moviegoing public gets the best show possible when the film opens Friday morning.

Unfortunately, sometimes the movie doesn't show up until the last minute...when that happens, we have to just put it onscreen and pray. This is very common when they have "midnight Thursday" shows, ironically the ones that draw the biggest crowds. I was very nervous when we first ran Return of the King unscreened; you try explaining to 800+ sword-carrying geeks that the movie's messed up. Thankfully, all of our prints were in good condition.



Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 13, 2004 6:31 pm (#1599 of 2977) Reply


Thanks for the explanation! And Thanks for the well wishes :-)

Sarah, there's nothing scary about driving a manual car (that's what we call a stick shift in Australia). When I went for my license my dad told me I had to get a manual license or no license at all so that if I was required to drive a manual car, say in an emergency, I could do so. The worst part about learning was nearly all six of my older "wiser" brothers thought that they would be best suited to teach me, no need to go into how that was, lets just say I settled with dear old dad instead! Just remember to relax and take it easy. I'm sure you'll do wonderfully! :-)


ShelterGirl - Oct 13, 2004 7:05 pm (#1600 of 2977) Reply

I learned how to drive a manual transmission in 1997 when I applied for a job that required me to drive one and I told them I knew how. I had to learn in a weekend. My very next car was a manual, and I have never looked back.

It's much easier to drive in snow with a manual, and I firmly believe that my ability to downshift has saved me from more than one collision.

Good luck Sarah! It's easier than it looks. I promise.
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Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 13, 2004 8:02 pm (#1601 of 2977) Reply

Hey Everyone! I just need to share my latest bit of news, Ben, my partner, is a truck Owner/Driver, a year ago we decided to expand a little and buy a 2nd truck, it's been going great guns, and just today we got approval to buy a third!! And boy did we get a bargain!! Needless to say we are both very very happy about this, hopefully we should pick it up in about a week, once all the paperwork is finalized. WOOHOO!! :-) (can't believe I'd ever get this excited about trucks!)


DJ Evans - Oct 13, 2004 8:28 pm (#1602 of 2977) Reply

Chemyst -- Thanks for the compliment on the avatar. But as you can see, it's been changed again!!! I've got several just for the Halloween season!!! As I'm just a big kid when it comes to holidays, what can you expect, right? hee hee (so don't be "surprised" if you see it changed quite a bit this month -- then it will be back with Viggo!!) I've been wanting to ask you, are you making your own avatars? I love how you changed the look with adding the graphics to the bottles like that!!! Very imaginative!

Barbie -- Girl, it won't be long before all of the HTML stuff will be old school to you!! Just wished they would add some more/new smilies for us to use!

Daioma -- Great to hear about your news! Congrats!!!

Denise -- Thanks for the pic of yourself!!! Now maybe one of these days I'll get the courage up to post one of myself. I'm not a fan of having my pic taken to begin with, so I'd have to hunt one up. We'll see.

Mike (Miller) -- Sorry you didn't have better luck with your hunting. I'm not up on bow seasons, but will you still be able to hunt when you get back? I know the gun seasons last longer, but wasn't sure about the bow season. Have a safe trip and I hope the person that was in the car accident will be all right.

Everyone have a great night &/or day for which ever it is in your area.

Later, Deb


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 13, 2004 9:20 pm (#1603 of 2977) Reply

Thanks DJ! :-)


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 13, 2004 9:43 pm (#1604 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Oct 13, 2004 10:52 pm

Hi & welcome to all of you! Look forward to chatting and reading your theories, it's nice to see someone from Sydney Hi Josh, I'm from Melbourne!

I moved this post from the Tell About Yourself thread to this thread. The Tell About Yourself thread is just for that, not for our members welcoming the new members. That should be done on this thread. - Kip


Marè - Oct 14, 2004 12:01 am (#1605 of 2977) Reply

How funny to hear the driving license stories. Around here I don't think there is anyone who drives an automatic, I wouldn't even know where to go if I wanted to learn, or have ever seen an automatic car for that matter.
So I had to learn to do it manually, and if it helps, Sarah, I managed to pass my exam, but really learned how to handle that pesky thing afterwards.
A tip, the car will make strange noises (try driving away in the 3rd gear...) and occasionally the engine will turn off (prefarably when your in front of a long line at the traffic lights.) Now the only thing you can do is stay cool. Remember all the people behind you have had the same thing happen to them at some point (allthough maybe not if they drive an automatic... hmmmmm). Anyway, the point is: stressing and trying to hurry only makes things worse. Good luck!

PS I now have an image in my head of a giant squid being chased out of a cinema by 800 Legolas look-a-likes waving with wooden swords. Thanks for that!


boop - Oct 14, 2004 3:50 am (#1606 of 2977) Reply

Today is Anna Katarina special day Have a wonderful day.

Hi everyone have a great day!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 14, 2004 5:41 am (#1607 of 2977) Reply

Marcus, you're really putting yourself out there with Pansy and Harry. I admire your perserverance and fortitude, even if you are quite wrong! -- Catherine Allen

Sez you! Razz~~~~~~~

Hello to everyone. Happy Thursday. The boss is in Vegas this week so that makes for a happy office around here. Smile Have a good day.


Julia.    - Oct 14, 2004 5:46 am (#1608 of 2977) Reply

Good morning everyone. Wow, Anna, we haven't heard from her in a while, but if perchance you're reading this, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I 'll save the butterbeer for when you quit lurking.

Loopy, no boss eh? Enjoy your day of freedom, and don't do anything I wouldn't do

Oh, by the way, Who's your daddy?


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 14, 2004 5:50 am (#1609 of 2977) Reply

HI everyone! I won't say good morning, cause it's almost 11pm for me, I've been waiting for you all to be up and on line!!

Enjoy your time without your boss Loopy, I wish I could, but mine is my mum! Nah, just kidding she's wonderful, just..... well we all know our mum's can drive us crazy some times


Chemyst - Oct 14, 2004 6:12 am (#1610 of 2977) Reply

We support Harry/Pansy too! - Hercules & Meg  ... so, it has come to this! 'having to recruit cartoon characters get votes! tsk tsk.
(Either way this goes, I'm looking forward to the final results.)

Squid Mike, explaining to 800+ sword-carrying geeks that RotK's messed up... that is such a beautifully vivid definition of "trepidation." (I'm very glad you had good prints.)

Sarah - JKR's best advice on learning to drive a stick: Scully knew, somehow, what to do. She leaned forward and grasped the stick in her right hand, and the car shot toward Brandon like a javelin. Brandon only just got out of the way in time... (adapted from Harry learning to ride a broom PS/SS9)

Deb, it would be more accurate to say I'm editing my own avatars than to say I'm drawing them. For instance, the filmy silhouette of the witch in the orange flask originally came from a photo of a jack-o-lantern. I have fun hunting & pecking my way through Adobe Photoshop as time permits.

Julia, what does this mean? "Oh, by the way, Who's your daddy?" I'm pretty much clueless here. ...was that a line from a teen movie? ...a raunchy movie?


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 14, 2004 6:43 am (#1611 of 2977) Reply

well good night everybody, it's now after 11.30pm on the 14th and my eyes are beginning to close so it's time for me & my adorable little Elvis (my kitten) to hit the hay.

Hopefully when I get up tomorrow there will be some wonderful posts for me to read! I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday, just like mine was .

See you all tomorrow *waving bye bye*.


Catherine - Oct 14, 2004 6:58 am (#1612 of 2977) Reply

Happy Thursday!

While the boss is away, Loopy does play! Oh, and right back atcha! ;P*****

I must say that our ongoing discussions about Pansy and Harry only inflame my need for HBP, and I will be very interested in how everything shakes out. I tried to lose my HP longing last night by watching the presidential debate (DISCLAIMER: In no way should this be construed as an attempt to discuss politics on the Forum. ICK.), but then I ended up coming to the Forum to see what other topics were being debated online. JKR, if you read this, I sure would love for HBP to come out soon.

Chemyst, I don't know the true origins of the phrase "Who's your daddy?" but I believe that Julia, who just might be something of a Yankees fan, is taunting her friends about Pedro Martinez, a baseball player for the Red Sox.

Have a great day everyone.


Phoenix song - Oct 14, 2004 8:11 am (#1613 of 2977) Reply

Chemyst: I agree with Catherine that I think that "who's your daddy" is a baseball reference. (NEVER could tolerate that game! Sorry to all those who love it!) I think that it's a way of saying, "Who's in charge here?" It was also the title of a Toby Keith song.

Daioma: It's so odd that your Thursday was over long before our Thursday began. There have been known to be days when I wish that they were over before they began. Have fun with Elvis the cat. (Sounds like Felix the cat, huh?) My brother and his family visited Elvis' mansion when we all evacuated from the hurricane recently. I've never visited, but I've heard that it's an amazing site.

Well, I need to get started on my day. (Must-fight-urge-to-procrastinate!) Have fun all!



mike miller - Oct 14, 2004 8:15 am (#1614 of 2977) Reply

Happy Thursday Everyone!

I'm off to the airport in about 2 hours (quick trip to Chicago). It's amazing how things can come together when sufficient pressure is applied. Anyway, I have my paperback copy of OotP and a fresh highlighter pen. If I find anything new, I'll let you all know.

DJ - I have lots of time to get my planned hunting days in this season. Archery actually goes from mid-September through the end of January. There will be some muzzleloader (primative firearm) dates over the next 2 weeks that I hope to reschedule the vacation days.


Julia.    - Oct 14, 2004 9:02 am (#1615 of 2977) Reply

Who's your daddy? is indeed a baseball reference. Pedro Martinez pitches for the Boston Red Sox (Dead Sox in my room). He is widely considered the best pitcher in baseball, however, the Yankees are the only team that can beat him on a consistent basis. After his second straight loss to the Pinstripers Pedro said 'I tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy." Yankee fans everywhere have now taken up the Montra 'Who's your daddy?' when we play the Sox, particularly when Pedro pitches.

Mike, have a good trip to Chicago and a safe flight. Everyone else, have an excellent morning/afternoon/evening/sleepy time.


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 14, 2004 10:14 am (#1616 of 2977) Reply

I wish some one had told me that it's Thursday!!! I haven't been online all week, too busy working.

Haven't got much to say, except hello to all new people who have joined in the last week.

Also, this weekend is my anniversary of fleeing the house elf enslavement!! WOW a year, i can't believe it. My hands and ears are in such better condition now.

Smile, it's friday tomorrow!



Chemyst - Oct 14, 2004 10:31 am (#1617 of 2977) Reply

Oh well, since it's a baseball thing, no wonder I didn't know...
Ho hum, moving on...


Loopy Lupin - Oct 14, 2004 11:32 am (#1618 of 2977) Reply

I tried to lose my HP longing .... Catherine

I've been trying this too, but no distractions are helping. I don't care about the stupid election, I have become such a crossword puzzle master that the Sunday NY Times is piece of cake, I have seen all the new movies (the new ones out on DVD I saw when they were in the theater in the first place), I am even watching baseball sometimes, other books aren't cutting it for me because I keep sitting there saying "This ain't Harry Potter." ** pout, pout, pout**

Isn't there a twelve-step deal for this? "We admitted we were powerless over Harry Potter and that our lives had become unmanageable......"

And for the record, I prefer the phrase " Hoo's Your Daddy?"


Madam Pince - Oct 14, 2004 11:59 am (#1619 of 2977) Reply

Tee-hee, Loopy. Wa-hoo Wah! (Reference to Loopy's and my alma mater, in case anyone cares....)

Fawkes, thanks for the info on steak-and-kidney pie. I was totally grossed out by the photograph accompanying the recipe, don't know what a "knob" of butter is, and had to stop reading after Step One under "Method" (...cut out the tubes and remove the skin...). So I guess I won't be making it anytime soon. However, I'm sure it's a lovely dish. Really!

Sarah, your finger-swelling sounds like a spider bite to me. I get them occasionally, and they seem to cause a lot more swelling than mosquito bites, etc. And for some reason, spiders seem to "get" you on the finger more often than not.

Sorry about the last minute trip, Mike! Have fun reading, though!

I'm off for a weekend trip -- see y'all soon!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 14, 2004 12:09 pm (#1620 of 2977) Reply

Fawkes, thanks for the info on steak-and-kidney pie.-- Madam Pince

Mmmmmm. British cooking.


legolas - Oct 14, 2004 12:51 pm (#1621 of 2977) Reply

Dont get me started on some of the Dishes that are out there. How about some lovely Faggots. Pigs liver and Lamb/pigs hearts and belly of pork amoungst other lovely things. I think that the healthy recipe so goodness knows what’s in shop-bought ones. Thinking of it makes me feel sick.


Catherine - Oct 14, 2004 12:57 pm (#1622 of 2977) Reply

I'll pass on the steak and kidney pie, thanks! While I do eat meat, I'm not really into organs. Ick.

Loopy, I probably need a HP twelve-step program. Your post made me laugh because I have gotten quite addicted to crossword puzzles, too. When they fail to satisfy, I like to do the "cryptoquips," sort of like code-breaking for dummies.

I've tried to stay busy today, but even when I doing yard work, it all comes down to Harry Potter. I bought a few flats of pansies today, and of course I started thinking about Harry Potter. I used the broom to sweep off the porch, and wished that it was a Firebolt. My oldest child "forgot" to bring her homework home, and I could feel myself turning into Gran Longbottom.

Deep sigh.....and my MSN messenger isn't working today, either, alas earwax.


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 14, 2004 12:59 pm (#1623 of 2977) Reply

Stew & dumplings, Sheppherds Pie, Good ol' Sunday Roast and then there are the puddings!

custard rules!



legolas - Oct 14, 2004 1:01 pm (#1624 of 2977) Reply

How about some lovely suet puddings? Not to my taste - much too heavy.


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 14, 2004 1:03 pm (#1625 of 2977) Reply

Treacle sponge & custard (of course)

Apple crumble, spotted dick, Apple pie and all served with custard.

I really don't have a custard fetish, honestly. just hungry!



legolas - Oct 14, 2004 1:07 pm (#1626 of 2977) Reply

How about sticky toffee pudding or Apple sponge?

I know it isn’t a traditional pudding but it would fill your custard need. How about bananas, raspberry jam and custard. I was given it at home and now that I have left home I find it to be one of the most comforting desserts.


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 14, 2004 1:13 pm (#1627 of 2977) Reply

I did a very silly thing with a tin of treacle sponge the other week! Microwave had blown up several days before, and was desperate for late night pudding. Silly me went and put it in the oven, without piercing the lid.

Opened it when tin had expanded to the size of a small melon and the whole lot decorated my kitchen with sponge pudding.

Alas, left with just a bowl of custard and the scrapings from the ceiling!



Elanor - Oct 14, 2004 1:15 pm (#1628 of 2977) Reply

Hello everybody! Catherine and Loopy, I do understand you because I feel just the same... This morning I even tried to "impervio" my glasses ("lovely" weather in France too...) and then I felt happy because I thought at once I will post that on the You know you're a HP fan... thread this evening!

Legolas: when I came in the UK I ate very well! I especially loved your desserts: cheesecake, trifle...Yummy! I even tried steak and kidney pudding (courageous isn't it?) and it was delicious! And after that people say that French people don't like English food... But I have to say that I'm not a fan of "Fish and chips", maybe because someone made me try it on a very hot day of July. That WAS an experience I have to say... But what I miss the most is your draught cider, I loved that!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 14, 2004 1:18 pm (#1629 of 2977) Reply

Mmmmm. Blood sausages. The secret ingredient is blood!!!!

EDIT-- Ok. Now, I've made myself woozy.


legolas - Oct 14, 2004 1:20 pm (#1630 of 2977) Reply

There is a lot of good cooking out there. It’s just a case of knowing what to avoid. I am sure that many of the traditional dishes taste good but I am put off by the ingredients. Yes I know I happily eat Haggis-best not to question what’s in that

Shame about your pure pudding there DoxyB. I take it you were not best pleased.


legolas - Oct 14, 2004 1:22 pm (#1631 of 2977) Reply

Just finished making myself a mincemeat and apple tart. I know its not seasonal but I just love the taste.


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 14, 2004 1:31 pm (#1632 of 2977) Reply

All this pudding talk, i feel like i gained 2lb!

aye, my poor pudding, i was not best pleased.

Talking of seasonal, anyone know of any good stuffing recipies for the old bird at christmas? Got parents coming over and would like to impress!

Nothing like having a few practice runs before the big day!!



legolas - Oct 14, 2004 1:40 pm (#1633 of 2977) Reply

How about oatmeal and onion stuffing?


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 14, 2004 1:48 pm (#1634 of 2977) Reply

Oatmeal and onion?

Is that with or without sausage meat?

I quite fancy the idea of fruit? not sure which one's go with turkey though.

May try that one, thanks.



legolas - Oct 14, 2004 2:02 pm (#1635 of 2977) Reply

The only meat in the entire dish is the Turkey. You have to use a lots of margarine to make it moist. I am going home next month and will get the recipe for you.

I have heard of stuffing with Apricots but that was with Lamb.


Phoenix song - Oct 14, 2004 2:19 pm (#1636 of 2977) Reply

Doxy: Locally we always make either a cornbread stuffing (my preference) or oyster stuffing. I'll be glad to send you a recipe if you're interested. I'd like to give a piece of unasked for advice, though. I always cook the stuffing separately from the turkey because I've been told that placing it inside of the turkey can make it difficult for all of the salmonella and germs to be killed. Also, there's more stuffing available when you cook it separately, and that's my favorite part of the meal by far!

This year I'll probably cook at least one of my turkeys in my Ronco rotisserie. It really does a great job and creates a really juicy meal. Here in Louisiana a great deal of people fry their turkeys in a cajun fryer. You inject that bird with lots of cajun seasonings and let her drop into a special fryer. A fried turkey really is unlike any other.

I can't believe that we're talking about Thanksgiving already! Maybe JKR will give us a date on the release of HBP for Christmas!

Have fun all!



Prefect Marcus - Oct 14, 2004 2:38 pm (#1637 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 14, 2004 2:40 pm

Yes, it is true that food experts all agree that it is better to cook the stuffing OUTside the bird. However, it is also true that the self-same experts almost all agree that they presonally prefer it cooked INside the bird. They excuse themselves by saying that the odds of developing food poisoning from the stuffing is very low if you (a)Stuff the bird immediately before cooking, and (b)Remove ALL the stuffing immediately after cooking. It should be the first thing you do to the bird.

In other words, they know better; but they can't help themselves. The best stuffing is cooked inside, not out. :-)

Yes, you can cook more outside than in, but what we do is do both. We serve both. It makes more people happy that way. :-)


legolas - Oct 14, 2004 2:49 pm (#1638 of 2977) Reply

As long as you cook your turkey for long enough. Longer than it recommends then you are likely to cook the bird and stuffing well.


Acceber - Oct 14, 2004 3:22 pm (#1639 of 2977) Reply

Who's your daddy?-Julia, mulitple times. The actual quote is, "I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy." You forgot the just.

I support the RED Sox (see avatar) and I am still talking to this Yankee fan. Not that I can help talking to them: my mom's whole side of the family (two aunts, two uncles, three cousins and one grandmother) root for them. Which makes family gatherings extremely interesting.

Happy Birthday Anna!

Denise-no, you haven't posted a single picture of yourself as your avatar. Thanks for the link.

I have a bit of a headache, so I'm going to try and go to sleep early tonight. Fat chance.


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 14, 2004 5:12 pm (#1640 of 2977) Reply

Good Morning Everybody! Hope are having/have had a wonderful Thursday, Phoenix Song, yes it does feel very strange that I am a whole day ahead of you almost. Another thing I was just thinking about while reading all of our posts about Christmas & Turkey etc, is that we (my family) don't do that, because it is summer here at Christmas my mum decided long ago that it is normally too hot to bother with cooking big roast meals, so we switched to seafood. We have a HUGE feast (you can imagine the size considering there are 8 kids in my family, plus partners & a few grandkids now), lots of oysters, prawns & lobster, with an array of beautiful salads (can you tell I'm looking forward to it!) Mmmmmmm......

Well I had better attempt to go and do some work, stay well everyone!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 14, 2004 5:13 pm (#1641 of 2977) Reply

Well, only mid-October and the Christmas catalogs are coming so fast and furiously that my mailman is reduced to leaving my mail on the doorstep rather than cramming it through the mail slot. Alas, I adore catalogs and welcome every last one of them. But one of today's catalogs had me thinking of so many Forum members. Let's see.....

For Julia and Becca and other members of the Jewish faith there's A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present, a beautifully illustrated hardcover edited by a professor of modern history at the University of Tel Aviv.

Also for Julia there's the Shakespeare Umbrella. Simply perfect for those wet November days.

For Madame Librarian and michelle the librarian there's the Librarian Action Figure. And really, who among us wouldn't want that?

For Loopy, I know it isn't Miss Manners but how about Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why? It's by Mrs. Post's great-grandson Peter Post (sounds a bit like a superhero doesn't he?). Mike, the giant squid might also find it interesting considering how much he interacts with the public.

Also for Loopy, there's the Disorderly Conduct Game. A board game with 350 multiple-choice questions based on federal and state law. For those of you who find you need legal advice but would rather do it on the cheap there's You Don't Need a Lawyer.

And for Marcus, I believe I may have mentioned this sometime in the past, there's Pride and Prejudice: The Game. The catalog asks, "Just how well do you know your Jane Austen?"

For Gina and anyone who needs a new baby gift, there's Catch a Fish, Throw a Ball, Fly a Kite--21 timeless skills every child should know (and any parent can teach).

For all of you bibliophiles out there (I think that covers pretty much everyone in the Forum) there's the lovely The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World.

I know the Forum has many travelers so how about Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals: Adventures in Love and Danger?

For all of you Scrabble buffs there's not only Scrabble Tile Charms (for your bracelet or necklace), there's Scrabble "A" and "Z" Cuff Links.

For Denise who is a one-woman show while hubby is overseas, there's Dare to Repair: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home.

For all you Slytherin wannabees there's How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator.

For Chemyst, speaking as an English major, will any science book do? Because all I saw was Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity.

For Catherine...goodness, where to start? There's The 2005 Reading Woman Wall Calendar, The New York Times Dictionary of Misunderstood, Misused and Mispronounced Words, and Verbatim: From the Bawdy to the Sublime, the Best Writing on Language for Word Lovers, Grammar Mavens, and Armchair Linguists.

Oh, and if you were wondering what to get me, Catherine, although I'd never turn down On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda, I think I would get more use out of How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines.

It seems a girl can't even do her holiday catalog browsing without thinking of you lot. I hope there's something there for everyone. Enjoy!


Denise P. - Oct 14, 2004 5:46 pm (#1642 of 2977) Reply

We cook our holiday turkey outside on the BBQ grill. If the stuffing/dressing is not cooked INSIDE the bird, I don't want to eat it. I have been cooking it inside for at least 15 years and so far, no one has died or gotten ill from it.


Catherine - Oct 14, 2004 5:50 pm (#1643 of 2977) Reply

MMMMmmmm.....Christmas shopping and feasts....Nevermind Halloween and Thanksgiving first, mind you!

Well, Kim, you truly have the spirit of Christmas! I bow to you, Mistress of Links and
Catalogs that you are. Your choices seem almost preternaturally good, and I hope that we, in turn, don't disappoint you!

***backs out of the room bowing to KIm, Queen of Shopping Links***

Oh, and as a P.S., I guess this isn't a good time to point out how my grandmother from Charlottesville was a horrible cook, and how when I was three, she roasted the turkey's innards in the little baggie inside the turkey. What an amazing surprise THAT was, when the turkey was carved! Oh, dear. ICK.

So, if you all were wondering, where the heck did I learn the word, "ick?" Now you know.

So give thanks....it wasn't you there!


Penny Lane. - Oct 14, 2004 6:01 pm (#1644 of 2977) Reply

It's not even Halloween, and ya'll are exchanging Thanksgiving recipes!

Personally, I won't touch stuffing that's been inside the turkey. Last year, my mother let my dad do the cooking, and basically, I ended up going out to eat, as he forgot that I don't eat meat. I was so upset I left in tears, as I love Thanksgiving dinner with the green bean casserole (not made) the mashed potatoes (he dumped the gravy on them to "save space" on the table, the stuffing (which my mother had ALWAYS cooked outside the turkey for me, and the cranberry sauce. Now, I know I might sound a bit spoiled, but really... you would think after hearing me go "EW" over animal parts for 20 some years he would have got the hint. Fortunately, my Aunt made Baked Alaska, and all was okay.

I can't wait until I have my own Thanksgiving dinner! Ooh how exciting...

Anyway, now that i've gotten that out of my system... It's Halloween, and my dorm is putting on a Haunted House. The theme this year is "Twisted Fairy Tales" I think I might be Zombie Little Red Riding Hood.


DJ Evans - Oct 14, 2004 7:26 pm (#1645 of 2977) Reply

Hey everyone!!! Good day today for everyone I hope!!! Though we only got a sprinkle or two of rain today it was mostly dry -- but COLD!!! The wind out of the north was bitterly cold. Not winter cold, but brrrrr cold nonetheless!!!!

Hmmmm, after reading all of the posts dealing with cooking/food has done nothing but made me hungry!!! We've always cooked our dressing outside of the turkey. That's how my Mom always did it & so naturally I'm following her in doing the same. Then as far as the turkey goes? As long as I can remember we always had it roasted -- it wouldn't "be" Thanksgiving without a roasted turkey or so we thought. The last two years we've fried ours and will again this year. Talk about a juicy/moist melt in your mouth turkey, that is the only way to go for us now.

And here I've got to do our weekly grocery shopping tomorrow!! Plus it doesn't help that at Wal-Mart they have that "special" aisle they put up at this time of the year with all of the bake goods/supplies right out there in the middle!!! Every time I pass it, do I think "Hmmm, am I out of that?" oh NO, I think "Hmmm, I could get some of that and make some of those!!!!" I'm just glad none of the retailers have come up with the idea of adding "scents" to their aisles!!!! Wouldn't that boost up their sales?!?!? I mean just how many of us could stand to bypass an aisle that was stacked with flour/sugar/apples/nuts/butter/cinnamon AND there were whiffs of apples/cinnamon coming out at you?

I just thought of a question. At my house we always have turkey for Thanksgiving but we have ham for Christmas. You? I know some have turkey for both holidays and some have duck for one or the other.

Penny -- Twisted Red Riding Hood? You must post a pic of your costume!!! I can't wait to see what or how a Twisted Red Riding Hood will look like.

Later, Deb


Loopy Lupin - Oct 14, 2004 8:36 pm (#1646 of 2977) Reply

I think the derivation of the term "stuffing" should tell you where stuffing should be stuffed.

Ooh. Two presents for me Kim. I looove presents. Goody for me.

Happy early Weekend to all.


Catherine - Oct 15, 2004 4:11 am (#1647 of 2977) Reply

Happy Friday! Woo hoo!

Well, it is funny how Forumers love to talk about Harry Potter and food. Mmmm.....food. My family is a "ham for Christmas" family. I've heard about those fried turkeys, and they sound good. I mean, I'm from the South, and I'd probably eat a shoe if it was fried up right. But at my house, my dad smokes the turkey, and it is delish.

This makes stuffing the turkey difficult. I will agree with Loopy Lupin that stuffing is, in fact, stuffed. After the unfortunate turkey incident of '73, my mom and I serve dressing outside of the bird. Mmm...cornbread dressing.....although your newest avatar does make me lost my appetite somewhat, Loopy!

Kim, I could hardly go to sleep last night thinking about my presents. Yay, me! Something to look forward to besides HBP!

Have a great start to the weekend.


The giant squid - Oct 15, 2004 4:36 am (#1648 of 2977) Reply

  Mike, the giant squid might also find it interesting considering how much he interacts with the public.

Ah, but that's the beauty of being the projectionist--when the customers get unruly, I suddenly find I have a movie to start. In all honesty, other than the calendar I'd be happy with the stuff you listed for Catherine as well. I'm a sucker for old, unused or misused words.

I find I have to brag about something...a friend of mine works at a theater here in town that has an IMAX screen. Tonight, as payment for letting him watch Team America: World Police he brought me the PoA IMAX banner--an 8'x6' wall hanging of the movie poster with the tagline "Cast a spell in IMAX" across the top. I will now move it to an undisclosed location in hopes that it will discourage Accio Sirius from trying to steal it.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 15, 2004 4:55 am (#1649 of 2977) Reply

Good morning everyone! You know its going to be a HP kind of day when you read news headlines like these:

Jumbo Flying Squid Found off Alaska ... here. And wonder what DD is doing in Alaska. Waves at Mike :-)

And 'Truth Wizards' Know a Lie When They Hear It here.

Have a great Friday all!


mike miller - Oct 15, 2004 4:58 am (#1650 of 2977) Reply

All this talk about food is making me hungry! After this post I'm off for breakfast. I've had many different stuffing recipes, sausage, apple, cornbread, all have been great as long as they get "crispy" on top (inside or outside the bird) and you have some gravy to drizzle on top!

Denise - I too have done the BBQ Turkey, outstanding! The fried turkey is very tasty too!

Penny - I'm a big fan of the green bean casserole. Another Thanksgiving favorite is the cranberry. My grandmother used to make a fresh cranberry relish with orange in it, yum!

Frustration of all frustration. I tried to watch PoA in my hotel last night. Twice it just stopped and went to the movie selection screen. By this time it was too late to try again. I was so psyched to watch PoA again before the DVD comes out. I was totally distraught!

Well off to breakfast!
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Loopy Lupin - Oct 15, 2004 5:18 am (#1651 of 2977) Reply

Team America: World Police -- Mike

Mike, any good?


Leprechaun Jack - Oct 15, 2004 5:42 am (#1652 of 2977) Reply

Hey guys a quick question about some puddings. What is spotted dick and chocolate gatto? I am a great fan of desserts as my waist line will attest to. I'd like to try them if the recipe is easy enough.



Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 15, 2004 5:56 am (#1653 of 2977) Reply

I'm really sorry for starting all this food talk!

Chocolate Gateaux is like a moist layered chocolate cake with a filling and or topping of cream. There are so many variations of it, all as delicious as the next. Some use fruit like cherries (black forest gateaux) thick pipped cream on top and some with nuts!

Spotted Dick is like a swiss roll, i think, but made with currants or sultanas, hence the spotted bit! It may have jam in it too. will have to find out that one for myself.

Off for my bowl of custard!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 15, 2004 6:14 am (#1654 of 2977) Reply

Ooh. Two presents for me Kim. I looove presents. Goody for me.---Loopy Lupin

Kim, I could hardly go to sleep last night thinking about my presents. Yay, me! Something to look forward to besides HBP!---Catherine

Whoa, you two. Back that truck up. I don't believe I ever said I'd be buying these things for you. I just said they made me think of you. And really, isn't it the thought that counts?

***wondering if Catherine's MSN is still down***


Catherine - Oct 15, 2004 6:24 am (#1655 of 2977) Reply

Whoa, you two. Back that truck up. I don't believe I ever said I'd be buying these things for you. I just said they made me think of you. And really, isn't it the thought that counts? --Lupin is Lupin

Actually, I didn't even have to read between the lines to know that you were just thinking of us. And yes, the thought counts.

As for you, Kim, I am so torn. What would suit you best? Something that comes in a little box, or perhaps the complete works of William Faulkner? Or maybe Dictionary of Southern Culture?

As of last night, my MSN was still not operational. In fact, it messed up my computer for a while, too.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 15, 2004 6:29 am (#1656 of 2977) Reply

You get her the Faulkner, I'll get her the Dictionary of Southern Culture with a complimentary bookmark strategically placed somewhere in the "c" section, as it were.


Julia.    - Oct 15, 2004 6:55 am (#1657 of 2977) Reply

Oh, Kim, a Shakespeare umbrella?! I could really use one of those with all this rain we're getting lately.

Ummmmm, food. For the record, my family is a Chinese food on Christmas family. Although I do agree with the rest of you that all this food talk is making my very hungry. I think it's time for some breakfast of untoasted pop-tarts.


Phoenix song - Oct 15, 2004 7:27 am (#1658 of 2977) Reply

Hey guys! TGIF! I am so excited today. A few days ago I had to attempt to get my computer running again by myself, husband wasn't in. To put things into perspective, I hadn't even done a simple copy/paste or e-mail attachment until just a few months ago. I was really struggling to get it to work. Everything that I had sent from our "loaner" computer to our old dinosaur was coming out all messed up.

Well, I am very proud to say that after three days of messing with this I managed to get all of those bugs worked out. I am so pleased! I know that it's silly, but I feel as if I've really accomplished something that I never thought that I could. At 2:30 this morning I was doing a happy jig and saying "Yeah, me!"

I've found that the key to forcing me to properly convert these things was that if I hadn't managed to fix these things, I would have lost all of my HP documents and pictures. THIS was the extra incentive for me, as there was NO WAY that I was going to lose this stuff! (If it had been my husband's pictures of knives, flashlights, motorcycles or whatever that was in jeopardy it would have been a vastly different story, I assure you!)

I woke up with the weather distinctly cool this morning. It's a really nice change for us. I've seen times that we were b-b-q'ing outside in our shorts on New Year's Day. We don't often get a chance for such nice weather. I'll take it!

Hope that everyone has a great day!



Good Evans - Oct 15, 2004 8:54 am (#1659 of 2977) Reply

Hello everyone

Just got back from Brighton (clearly one has to get ones Priorities right and get straight on lexicon). I'm going to check out posts and then be in the chat room later.

So much to tell. I have drunk soooo much champagne and wine this week I am afloat (am sipping a glass at presnet so cheers to all potties!!). Week started well - sunday we did the bus ride and unbeleivebaly I won best ladies outfit!!! (1 bottle of champers). Next night at a dinner with the president I was given a bottle of champers for the help I did with our performance awards this year. (hey hey two days and two bottles!!!). then the conference started on tuesday and I have given three papers (well I was supposed to but no one turned up for the optional session (am I that boring??) - seriously it clashed with something else and the advertising was a bit awry so I'm not taking it personally! I have also hosted a group of sponsors (that is, made sure they had yet more champagne and showed them to their table for dinner last night) and last night at the performance awards dinner, Chris Barrie (eat your heart our Leila) was our special guest and compere - he was very funny. And although I ddint meet him I did see him relaly up close.

What a week - I finished my last paper at 11.50 this morning and I am now really pleased it is the weekend as I am soooo tired. We had a suite in the hotel overlooking the sea (never had that before, with a balcony) only trouble was it rained almost all week.

Still what a week - I've had a great time - only missed my lexicon fix!!!! But at dinner on tuesday night I was sat next to a chap that is known as "remus lupin" in a legal matter (one of the lawyers referred to one of the parties as a bit dursleyish and then they allocated nicknames based on the book to everyone on their side, he he). He didnt know much about HP going in to the meal but he certainly does now!!!

Anyhow thats it - speak soon



Accio Sirius - Oct 15, 2004 10:21 am (#1660 of 2977) Reply

Julia, You know you can heat up a pop-tart nicely with an iron on a cotton blend setting! Ah, dorm life. I remember making many a macaroni and cheese dinner in a hot water pot. Of course, butter was a luxury so unless we nicked it from the cafeteria, it was made only with water! Yikes. By the way, I had some friends at the UCONN game the other night, of course, they were in the WVU section! (my old school!).

Happy Friday to everyone!

Speaking of Thanksgiving and turkeys, can anyone vouch for the deep-frying method? My husband is very curious. I may be game, as the local fire department is just two blocks away.


Catherine - Oct 15, 2004 10:30 am (#1661 of 2977) Reply

Accio Sirius, I've never made a fried turkey, but, ala Hermione, I have read about it.

You are right to be concerned about fire. We had an article in our paper last year about an old man who got severely burned when his fryer tipped over. The instruction I read about safety were somewhat alarming: like making certain you have a fire extinguisher nearby; do it at least 20 feet from your house on a flat surface, and don't let children or pets anywhere near it.

That said, it does sound yummy. My dad has been trying to convince my mom for the last few years to let him try it.

Since my family has a Thanksgiving curse on it, we have always dissuaded him so far. We just know that we'd probably burn not just the house, but the whole neighborhood with it!

Maybe someone will post something good in the recipe section on fried turkeys! Hmmm, how to make it Harry Potter themed....Fried Phoenix? Ick.


John Bumbledore - Oct 15, 2004 12:39 pm (#1662 of 2977) Reply

Good afternoon all!

Pheonix Song, I second the TGIF! Congrats on the 'puter transfer stuff. They haven't made these 'puters easy for everyone yet, and that doesn't mean you're (collective for all non-geeks) a dumbie (like all those books suggest.) I am a tech geek but I also consider myself a handy-man about the house. Well, having tried (time and again) to solder fittings in copper pipes, I can tell you I soon learned to appreciate the skills of a professional plumber. I would much rather build a computer from parts (including operating system and application software than to try soldering copper pipes any time soon. Ah, I'm rambling, but the point is you have to be smart to learn something totally new on your own. So I can empathize with the frustration you when through and admire you determination. Here is to your smarts, determination, and success! <):^D Party Hat Time! Woo Hoo!

Lupin is Lupin, though I didn't make your list (probably since I don't think I've posted to this thread before now) you can note that I would be happy with a pair of warm socks (like my HP namesake).

Accio Sirius, Love your Avatar! But about Julia's breakfast, why should Julia ruin a perfectly good toaster pastry by heating it up? You know they are also perfectly tasty frozen!

Good Evans, just what is it you do for a living (sorry, didn't search the forum for info, too lazy) ? Giving papers, drinking champagne, going to dinners, and educating lawyers about HP all together sounds like a wonderful occupation. Where can I send my resume?

Well, I must return to my work where I am under-employed. Feeling a bit like Arthur Weasley at the moment. :sad:

-- bd


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 15, 2004 12:43 pm (#1663 of 2977) Reply

An excellent resource for fried turkey.

Since I ate my first 15 years ago, is the only way I cook turkey now :-)


Chemyst - Oct 15, 2004 2:41 pm (#1664 of 2977) Reply

Kim, I'm so... so... (Hey, Catherine, what is a word that means something half-way between touched and impressed?) ...speechless. You've put so much thought into Christmas! I must reciprocate and send you...   thoughts of catalogs! ...special catalogs ...chocolate catalogs.

Accio, about that poptart with an iron– is it in the wrapper?

Bumbledore, there's nothing hard about soldering copper pipes– as long as you have three hands and no wooden floor joist in the way.

Call me a slacker chef if you want, but I find the enjoyment of the traditional roast turkey is inversely proportional to the huge quantities of prep time required. Using an outdoor grill & mesquite chips, we usually buy only the turkey drumsticks and stick them on a salmon.
(No, that last part was a joke; we're not good little Darwinists, we use two different serving platters.)


Accio Sirius - Oct 15, 2004 2:59 pm (#1665 of 2977) Reply

Chemyst, I never tried it in the wrapper--I always used waxed paper. I've made grilled cheese sandwiches with an iron too. Bumbledore, I've never tried a frozen pop tart! Sounds interesting. I'm glad you like the avatar. I usually change it often, but I am quite fond of this one!

Catherine and Twinkling Blue eyes, thanks for the deep fried turkey info!


Phoenix song - Oct 15, 2004 3:43 pm (#1666 of 2977) Reply

TwinklingBlueEyes: You've given us a great link to describe the turkey frying process. I had wondered where to even start describing the process... For all of those considering it, I've yet to find a person that doesn't rave about how good they are when cooked this way. I'll just give one other piece of advice, do not place a frozen turkey into the hot oil. The frozen ice crystals will not react nicely to this. (Yes, I'm warning of this because someone has actually done it.)

We all seem to be a bunch of food obsessed people lately. I'm right there with you. My mom always makes the BEST homemade fudge. She's well known for it with our friends/family begging for her to make some all year long. She has a staunch rule about the fudge, though. She only makes it between the third week of November and Christmas. (Good for me that she does, to be honest!) A few years ago my husband's assistant at work got a batch for Christmas. He tried in vain to convince my mom to start a tradition of making "Valentine's Fudge" or "Easter Fudge" because he couldn't stand to think about waiting a whole year for more. (And we think that it's only women who get obsessed by chocolate!) It's a standard joke in my family now, "Mom, how about making some Columbus Day fudge for us?"

Bumbledore: Thanks for the praise! I do feel so enormously proud of myself for fixing old Dino the computer without help. To be perfectly honest, I'd have been glad to have kept my loaner computer forever, (it was much nicer and more modern!), but I needed to give it back before I sued for visitation rights. Oh well, comfortable old shoes are better than no shoes at all.

Daioma: Since you're already there due to the time difference, how's tomorrow looking for us? (HE HE!)

Well, I must go and cook supper. It's odd that I'd rather talk about cooking than actually do the cooking! Have a good night, all!



Dr Filibuster - Oct 15, 2004 3:57 pm (#1667 of 2977) Reply

Hi all.

Not been on here for ages so sorry for all the missed birthdays.

Barbie, is your mum secretive about her fudge recipe? If not, be sure to write it on the recipe thread. Has she ever done treacle fudge? I've seen many different flavours, but never treacle.

Hands up who's just seen Jonathon Ross interview Stephen Fry. They talked about Harry Potter for ages: Jonathon and his family are fans. Most of it was stuff that's been mentioned before, but I hadn't heard about the envelopes passed to JKR. Where's the best thread to give details? Shall I write it here?


Catherine - Oct 15, 2004 4:12 pm (#1668 of 2977) Reply

Sue, Thanks for the heads' up.

I'm thinking the JKR interviews and influence on our ideas thread.

Good to see ya round the chat thread, mate! Good to see ya.


Dr Filibuster - Oct 15, 2004 4:18 pm (#1669 of 2977) Reply

Cheers Catherine. I'll apparate over there right away.

PS. Sorry if anyone has tried (and failed) to e-mail me recently. I've sorted the fault out now.

EDIT: POP! Just apparated back, this little titbit won't really fit on an established thread and it's not worth setting up a new one. You may have heard it before;

When JKR went on her first book tour in the USA an adult tried to give her a brown envelope. One of the assistants that accompanied her whisked it away before she touched it. This happened 17 times during one book signing.

At the end of the session JKR asked the (American) assistants why they had grabbed the envelopes. They told her that the envelopes would contain ideas/plots/thoughts/suggestions for future Harry Potter novels. If any of her next books included anything like the contents of the envelopes, then she may be sued.


Marie E. - Oct 15, 2004 5:15 pm (#1670 of 2977) Reply

I will never, ever again, leave reading this forum for the end of the week. Whew!

Um, Mike/Squidey, you know you're my favorite brother, right? *bats eyes at new IMAX poster*

Phoenix Song, you're not the only person who ever renewed a learner's permit. I did it at least once. I got my permit in November and didn't get my license until the following July. My dad celebrating by buying me an utter wreck of a car to drive myself (and siblings) to school. It was so long that Squidboy used to make beeping noises when I backed up.


timrew - Oct 15, 2004 5:23 pm (#1671 of 2977) Reply

Sue, you forgot to mention that the envelopes would be used in evidence in court when JKR was sued - as long as her fingerprints were on the envelope

This is why the assistants were whisking them away from JKR, untouched by her, so that none of her fingerprints would appear on the envelopes, and therefore be inadimissible as evidence in a court of law.

There sure are some devious f-f-folk out there!


Catherine - Oct 15, 2004 5:30 pm (#1672 of 2977) Reply

Well, hello Tim!

Good to see ya mate! **bows to the undisputed King of Spew**

Glad that you, the newbies, the friendly sort, are here! I have a task that I must fulfill.

I saw that we had many newcomers on the threads, and I'm hoping that they will be our new friends.

So, here goes a massive Forum welcome to the following: "Ms. Hagrid; Scales; Angel Harris; Josh Santilli; Mike Ball; Joshadoaresemma; BadhaCenra; Albus-Dumbledore."

Any mistakes belong to me alone, but the welcome comes from all, I assure you.

Keep your quill handy, and draw up a chair. We're a feisty bunch, but we love our own, so check in often!


Missy Greene - Oct 15, 2004 9:00 pm (#1673 of 2977) Reply

Ahh...I've finally made it back to the land of the (fantasy) living.

I had a root canal earlier this week, and had a bad reaction to the pain pills they gave me, and haven't been able to get to the computer all week.

Can't catch up on all the news, but to touch on a few topics:

We always roast our turkeys. My favorite is a citrus turkey. I generously rub margarine (or butter if you prefer) and dried orange and lemon peel on the outside and under the skin, then stuff the inside with peeled lemons, clementines, and oranges. The gravy this turkey makes has a nice tangy/sweet taste to it. Sometimes we'll change it up with a garlic turkey, following the same procedure, but with garlic outside and garlic cloves and onions inside the bird. YUM!

Julia- We also do the whole movies/ Chinese food on Christmas. It makes me a little sad that the movies used to be pretty empty, but now are crowded with families that can't find anything better to do together on such an important day for them. Of course, its also sad that there won't be a new HP movie to see this year!

I can't think of British food without remembering the episode of 'Friends' where Rachel makes trifle and puts in beef. Ahh, at least now we have 'Joey' to fill that empty 'mindless yet funny sitcom' void.

Well, off to rinse with salt water again. Anyone have any advice for dealing with the tooth discomfort?



The giant squid - Oct 15, 2004 10:45 pm (#1674 of 2977) Reply

   Team America: World Police -- Mike
   Mike, any good?

It depends on your taste. If you are even occasionally offended by anything, don't see this movie. It's got violence, graphic sex, and Kim Jong Il...all done with puppets. Personally, I thought it was the most hilarious thing I've seen in years. I was watching it with only one coworker & we both had tears in our eyes from the laughter. I'm sure in a theater full of people it'll be even more so.

Marie is right about her first car. It was a tank--right down to the olive green color. All it was missing was the gun turret on top. On the plus side, she was pretty much guaranteed to walk away from any collision not involving an 18-wheeler.

Nice to know I'm your favorite brother...out of a group of one. The banner's already been claimed by my wife, but I might be able to score a poster for you by Christmas if you're nice.

   Anyone have any advice for dealing with the tooth discomfort?

 I've found that alcohol helps. The tooth still hurts, you just don't care anymore. *Hands Missy some firewhiskey & a Get Well Soon card*



Leprechaun Jack - Oct 16, 2004 1:47 am (#1675 of 2977) Reply
Doxy Bowtruckle YOUR THE BESTEST!!!

Thanks so much for your answer. I had always wondered what they could have been for Ron to try to entice Hermy with them. Now I think I might just go and look for some recipes to try and pull them off.



Dr Filibuster - Oct 16, 2004 4:13 am (#1676 of 2977) Reply

Jack....my curiosity got the better of me and I went back on this thread to see what you were on about. Have a look on http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes and search for spotted Dick. It tells you how to make custard as well.

Welcome to comfort food, just the right time of year for it too


Accio Sirius - Oct 16, 2004 5:05 am (#1677 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 16, 2004 5:08 am

That is so interesting about JKR and the envelopes. I would never think of something like that! She has to be so careful and I'm sure even when she is, there's somebody wanting to sue her!

Phoenix Song, I make Bailey's Irish Cream fudge every Christmas but I get requests for it all year long. I try not to make it any other time because it is too good and I am too bad. I'll think of an HP angle and post in on the recipes thread if anyone is interested.

Mike, aka Giant Squid, Almost a year later and I am still green with envy!! ; ) Okay, not really a year, but it seems like that long. I did manage to score one of those lenticular wanted posters, so I have been appeased somewhat!


Leprechaun Jack - Oct 16, 2004 5:23 am (#1678 of 2977) Reply
Dr Filibuster

You've made it too easy for me. Now I am going to have to try it.



The giant squid - Oct 16, 2004 10:50 am (#1679 of 2977) Reply

Accio, there's an easy cure for your envy. Just do what I did--get a job at a movie theater & fight it out with all the other HP fans working there. I've actually lucked out in that I'm the only Pottermaniac at my location and our theater doesn't get the HP movies, so I can swipe stuff as soon as it arrives.


haymoni - Oct 16, 2004 2:18 pm (#1680 of 2977) Reply

Hi all - hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Hubby will be working tonight so I will be running updates on the computer all evening.

We're headed to Disney the first week in April. I'm going to bring POA because Hubby doesn't read the books and hasn't seen the movie yet. I want him to be prepared when I buy the DVD.

We're driving from Ohio - with 2 children no less - I must be crazy!

Have a good weekend all! See you on the threads!


Missy Greene - Oct 16, 2004 8:41 pm (#1681 of 2977) Reply

Mike/GS- Mmm.. Firewhiskey.....What toothache, and why am I seeing so many cards???

Accio- Maybe call it Finnegan's fabulous Irish Fudge? Perfect for the World Cup or any wizard gathering!

Haymoni- Good luck! I can barely stand my kids in a car for the 45 minute drive to the butcher! I would highly suggest renting a tv/dvd(with headphone jacks) for the car if you don't have one. For me, it's the only way to keep my sanity on our yearly trek to the beach.


haymoni - Oct 16, 2004 9:55 pm (#1682 of 2977) Reply

We had one for our trip to Virginia - it worked well.

We'll have to see what we can conjure up.

I have successfully completed my update - it only took 4 hours - I hate dialup.

It is 12:55 am here in NE Ohio and I am going to bed.

Goodnight all!


Marie E. - Oct 16, 2004 10:00 pm (#1683 of 2977) Reply

I'll second Missy's recommendation of the tv/dvd for the car. It has saved us on many a cross-country car trip.

Today I went to the second Colorado Springs Harry Potter Meet-up. So far it's just me and my friend Nikki but we're hoping to get more people coming. There are six others registered on the meetup site. I think the fact that Nikki and I have been bringing our kids scares the younguns off, so for November's meeting my husband "volunteered" to watch them all.

Our weather has been yo-yoing from 60's to 40's and so naturally I have a cough now. I've been drinking a lot of tea and thinking happy thoughts.


The giant squid - Oct 17, 2004 1:23 am (#1684 of 2977) Reply

Marie, is it time for your annual bronchitis fit yet? Temps here (Vegas) are down to the high 60's in the daytime & into the 50's at night. I'm finding myself shivering and then berating myself--I grew up in North Dakota, where mid-50's is a heat wave

haymoni, I was going to ask which Disney you're travelling to (CA or FL), then realized it'd be a trek either way. Good luck.



Good Evans - Oct 17, 2004 6:29 am (#1685 of 2977) Reply

Bumbledore - I work for local govt. but I also have an active role in our professional institute, (hence the fine room and the champagne)

I hope it didnt sound prententious, sorry if it did! I just had such a super week and these things are not normal in my life (and I just wanted to share) Some people are really high powered "high flyers" sometimes I pinch myself and rarely have anything to say as it is all beyond me!!!


legolas - Oct 17, 2004 7:09 am (#1686 of 2977) Reply

Hello all, am back from a weekend down at my brothers in London.

High 60s in the day time and your shivering Mike? That sounds tropical as its in the low 50s here. I to have got used to slightly warmer temperatures that I grew up in.

Hooray for all the food related posts.


Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 17, 2004 8:10 am (#1687 of 2977) Reply

Happy Sunday to you all!

I have been to town today, trying on bridesmaids dresses for my sister’s wedding.

We nearly went for the midnight blue dress with a cape. that was until i said "O.k i'm to Hogwarts now!" Well, all i needed was the hat, and I would have been Hermione! Some people honestly.Smile

Thanks for the message Jack, you made my day. *smiles and waves to Jack*

take care all.



Chemyst - Oct 17, 2004 8:31 am (#1688 of 2977) Reply

We're driving from Ohio - with 2 children no less - I must be crazy! – Haymoni
How wonderful for you! No, no, no! You're not crazy, you're adventurous. Most of our family vacations have been with three children, so there was that additional middle-seat & no window thing to contend with. (I'm going to let some of my ideas on child-rearing seep into the next paragraph. I'm not judging anyone, just telling what I found and what worked better for us, but if you get easily offended, just skip ahead.)

For me, the purpose of family vacation is: FAMILY. So electronic entertainment gets the kibosh, or at least, is highly limited. I've found that gameboys & cd players with headphones are OK for 2-hour trips, but not for multi-day cross-country vacations. They are too isolating, and over-use actually increases tensions. I know it sounds hokey, but, singing and storytelling games break up monotony better because it forces some interaction. If we do use an electronic boost, books on tape where everyone listens have an advantage over headphone games because it gives us common ground for restaurant conversation. When the kids were little, we used some intro to foreign language tapes with hilarious results; and when they were teens, we listened to lectures on history and business law which led to some very interesting discussion. (A Feed the Geek philosophy of child-rearing.)

One potentially stressful situation actually turned out as a blessing in disguise due to vacation circumstance. Family modesty levels are often less than normal when everyone is sharing a motel room or staying in a friend's home. We were on a road trip to the Pacific Northwest and over 2000 miles from home when my daughter, then 20 months old, sees our friend's child who is a year older being potty trained. My daughter, who was born with a bit of an you-can't-stop-me attitude, decides she can do that! And she pretty much did. Because we were with her 24/7, we never once had to say, "Why didn't you come tell me?" By the time we got home two weeks later, she switched to wearing diapers only at night. It was the easiest potty-training ever and our biggest problem was finding underwear small enough for daytime. She was tiny and they don't make a 1yr. size.

So you see, Haymoni, what might look crazy on the surface sometimes isn't.


EbonyRebel - Oct 17, 2004 10:11 am (#1689 of 2977) Reply

I like Paneuse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Julia.    - Oct 17, 2004 11:14 am (#1690 of 2977) Reply

Good afternoon everyone. Sorry I haven't been participating much in the chat these past few days. I have three midterms this week (one of which is tomorrow!), so between studying non stop and watching the Yankee games, I've not had much time to chat.

I just got off the phone with Betty. She asked me to let you all know that she's back in the hospital. Her most recent round of meds wasn't doing the trick, so she's back in to try something new. *huggy huggy a lot to Betty*


Accio Sirius - Oct 17, 2004 12:18 pm (#1691 of 2977) Reply

Julia, Thanks for the update. I wish it were better news. Is there anything we could do or send to our forum mom? ***big hugs**** Please let us know! Good luck on your midterms.

Missy, I was thinking of making the fudge a Finnigan family recipe. I work on posting it!


Julia.    - Oct 17, 2004 12:33 pm (#1692 of 2977) Reply

Hmmmm, I don't know Accio. Last time she was in the hospital we had flowers sent to her. If you guys are willing to help do that again, (and by willing to help I mean contribute to the cost) shoot me an email or an IM (pinstripers16@hotmail.com on MSN, pinstripers16 on AIM or pinstripers16@yahoo.com for email). Also feel free to email or IM me if you have any other ideas.


Padfoot - Oct 17, 2004 2:40 pm (#1693 of 2977) Reply

Send Betty our best Julia!

Well I am back from my vacation to the mountains. My parents and I had a wonderful time, it's so pretty in Telluride. Plus its fun to ride the gondola. Hey, I am easily amused.

I found some great Thanksgiving recipes in Parade magazine a few years ago. I have done Thanksgiving a couple of times and it turned out well. I love that green bean casserole, so easy too.

Well I am back to using an iMac. I haven't used it in over a year, been using PCs only. So I need your help Mac people out there. To make all those nifty avatars I need a graphic editor and I just have a graphic viewer. I will also need something that can make thumbnails. Any suggestions? I am looking for something free. If you do have any ideas let me know, my e-mail address is under my profile. Thanks.


timrew - Oct 17, 2004 3:06 pm (#1694 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot: Send Betty our best Julia!

That goes for me, too! All the best, Betty. And get well soon!


The giant squid - Oct 17, 2004 4:06 pm (#1695 of 2977) Reply

Cynde, my only advice regarding the iMac is to dump it & get a real computer! While that may seem like a pro-PC statement, it has been echoed by my cousin, who swears by Macs...except in the case of the iMac, which she simply swears at.

A big cyber-hug to Betty, of course. Hopefully they can find the right mix of meds for her soon. Having to bounce in & out of the hospital can't help her any.

Oh, and good luck on the midterms, Julia. I can vaguely remember those from the dark past when I was in school, and they kinda sucked.



Catherine - Oct 17, 2004 4:14 pm (#1696 of 2977) Reply

Happy Sunday to all.

I am pleased to finally have enough freedom to post properly. My mother-in-law is gone, and to all who really know me, you will understand what this means.

Chemyst, I read your post about child-rearing and trips with fascinated interest, as we have had our own travel challenges. I am pleased to have an ally against the automatic "tv in the car" thingy.

We had a child who, for the first 28 months of her life, no matter what, screamed in the car non-stop. Neighbors recommended getting an in-car TV as the solution, but we figured that since our oldest child was already half-nutso listening to the screaming, trying to watch TV over it wouldn't help much.

Also, unbeknownst to these friends, we aren't big TV watchers at our house. So hubby, being the cute cheapo that he is, thought, "Why buy an appliance that we don't use IN the house?"

Interestingly, we became addicted to Harry Potter at our house about this time. So on long car trips, we listen to Harry Potter books or other good books on CD. The "baby," who is now 4 1/2, hasn't cried since.

So there is a happy ending after all!

Cheers to Betty, and feel better; Hi to all my friends who have posted; and Hi to all the friends who haven't posted yet, and the new friends I haven't met yet!

**waves to everyone**


Denise P. - Oct 17, 2004 5:41 pm (#1697 of 2977) Reply

We always take the kids with us when we go places. This weekend, we went to a Cub Scout camp out that was 40 min away. Over the summer, we drove from TN to UT and back with 6 in the van with me. I think we may be going back again in the summer of 2005 since it will be the bigger family reunion, my grandmother's family rather than just my mom's family. This means we get to see extended cousins, aunts, great uncles etc. It is really cool to see the resemblances between every but a bit unnerving when you are getting a soda from the cooler and someone who you don't know exclaims "You have to be Kathy's daughter!"

The camp out was a lot of fun. It did get chilly, dropping to 40°F the first night and 35°F last night. We got to hear wild cats, coyotes and owls (as well as assorted other woodland creatures) during the night.

It was muzzleloading season and even though we were on a protected area, there were still poachers. The ranger had an attack when he realized that we were hiking in an area where he knew there were poachers. We were hustled back out of there quickly. Apparently he didn't think we would go down there and for whatever reason, decided to not go chase off the poachers.

We had a great time, we did a scale model of the universe using tissue paper and rocks, we had a contest to see who could find the most unique 4 complete items that would fit on a penny without touching one another or overlapping, we played games, we had a puppet show and learned a lovely song called Road Kill Stew (it was that or Ruff, the Tragic Maggot)

We are already planning a Winter Camp Out. Now, I am off to try to read a few threads before calling it a night!


Leila 2X4B - Oct 17, 2004 5:44 pm (#1698 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone. I haven't posted here in a long while. I am still kicking around.

Catherine: Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Katrina Sleeps!!!!!

Julia, the day is not over yet. But I might wish I hadn't lived it after tonight. We will see.

Everyone else. HOWDY!!!



Catherine - Oct 17, 2004 5:56 pm (#1699 of 2977) Reply


I hate to be a real nosy Parker, but I am intrigued by "Road Kill Stew."

We, as Girl Scouts, had some neato songs, so I admit to curiosity.

I remember with fondness the "mixed up sign" song.

Help me, girlfriends!


P.S. Leila: The child sleeps tonight....I hope you sleep, also. 'Night, Leila....


Denise P. - Oct 17, 2004 6:01 pm (#1700 of 2977) Reply

Actually, Road Kill Stew was a big hit. Our 10 year olds lead the group to help them learn it and then we sang it a few times. I noticed this morning that many kids were humming the charming ditty

Road Kill Stew (Tune "Three Blind Mice")

Road kill stew,
Road kill stew,
Tastes so good,
Just like it should.

First you go down to the interstate,
You wait for the critter to meet its fate,
You take it home and you make it great,
Road kill stew, Road kill stew.

(And for those interested, you can google "Maggot Song" to find many versions of The Tragic Maggot)
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Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 18, 2004 6:45 pm (#1751 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations Jack! I understand completely, as well as buying a new truck, we are also beginning the home search. I'm not too bad, but I'm sure Ben will end up with an ulcer or something, he stresses about everything, whereas I'm far more laidback


MzWhizz123 - Oct 18, 2004 7:10 pm (#1752 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Oct 18, 2004 8:17 pm

Welcome new members! It is always nice to have new ideas on the Forum!

Amber--I am the mother of three great kids, the youngest of which graduated from high school in June. For me, the older my children got, the more I really liked them as people. Time flies! Life with a youngster is still vivid for me, though, and I send you all the patience and prayers that I can. (Hint--Take a nap when he does!)

Gypsy--I had a friend in high school who wanted so much to go to Australia that she married an Aussie and moved down there. The marriage didn't last, but she stayed on at his family's ranch and continues to live Down Under to this day. One day soon, I hope to get down there to see your wonderful country.


Edit MzWhizz, I moved this from the introduction thread. That thread is ONLY for introductions, please post any comments or greetings to those introductions to the Chat thread. Denise P. denise@hp-lexicon.org


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 18, 2004 8:48 pm (#1753 of 2977) Reply

Hi Amber & Gypsy! Welcome to a wonderful forum I have something in common with both of you.

Amber: If that is your real name, then that is what we have in common, I'm an Amber too Gypsy: I am a fellow Australian Harry Fan!

Hope you both have a great time reading all the great posts everyone put on here, and look forward to reading yours

Amber D


The giant squid - Oct 19, 2004 1:13 am (#1754 of 2977) Reply

Jack, I most definitely feel your pain. When we moved out here our slam-dunk two week escrow took two months to close (during which time all the jobs were taken). Three years later we re-financed, only to deal with the same thing (weeks to months). The first time it was the escrow company; the second time it was the loan officer--a now-former friend of my mother-in-law.

Here's hoping you get to move in before Thanksgiving!



VeronikaG - Oct 19, 2004 1:53 am (#1755 of 2977) Reply

Long time no see, guys. After my stay at home and study-week I got so hopelessly far behind on the thread it took days to catch up. I didn't want to Obliviate, because then I always miss out on important things going on.

Poor Betty. I hope she gets better again soon. *hug*

Sarah is an auntie! Yay!

Welcome to the forum, all newbies. You have found your true home here, I'm sure! I've lived in here for almost a year, and I can say I have never been in a friendlier forum family.

You know, when we were kids, we were usually really nice to each other. We used to go on extended-family trips all around southern Norway and to Denmark, never any fighting. But when we turned 14... Let's just say that my cousin once removed and me, who had been best friends since we were 3 suddenly weren't best friends anymore. Nothing really happended, we just grew to think the other one was hopeless. It took most of high school to get us on speaking terms again. We are friends again now, however.


Leprechaun Jack - Oct 19, 2004 5:33 am (#1756 of 2977) Reply

Many thanks for the well wishes. It really is an exhausting process, my biggest question is this:

Why is it when I gave people my work number to call, does everyone from the bank, the real estate agent, and the inspection company insist on calling my home number and leave messages for me at home asking to call back right away?

Don't they realize I'm at work? Isn't that the reason I gave them a work number?


Thanks for letting me vent.



haymoni - Oct 19, 2004 9:44 am (#1757 of 2977) Reply

Hi all - got a call at work - Daughter has pink-eye - had to go and pick her up. Hubby is out of town today so I had to cancel my meetings and quit being a Slacker Mom.

Can't get in to the doctor for another hour so I thought I'd pop in here and say hello.

Jack - home ownership is worth the headaches, but I don't understand the telephone number thing either. We have cell phones, work phones - why do they insist on calling home? It kind of scares you. If they are so stupid that they call the wrong number, why do we continue to do business with them? It's exhausting!

Have a butterbeer and "take a deep breff" as Daughter says when I'm losing my cool.


icthestrals - Oct 19, 2004 11:24 am (#1758 of 2977) Reply

Hi all. No time to read over 300 posts, so my most humble apologies. Just wanted to stop by to say I'm still job hunting, but at least I have internet service and email at my home now. I have changed my email address here on the forum...and can actually get on the forum whenever I want!! What's that? I need to get back to searching for employment? Oh, all right, but running out of money is sooo much fun! Later


Marie E. - Oct 19, 2004 1:02 pm (#1759 of 2977) Reply

Pink eye, eh, haymoni? Gee, that's something my kids haven't had in a while. Now I've jinxed it and they'll both come home with gunky eyes.

Now Michael, it was '76 that we drove from Missouri to North Dakota. I remember that we made up a song that supposed to quiet Bekki down but actually made her cry harder. I also remember you singing "Rhinestone Cowboy" for most of the trip.

Slacker mom item #267: Have bought frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to put in the kids lunchboxes. They thaw out in an hour and are ready to eat by lunchtime.

I would love to join the auntie group. *eyes the giant squid and mrs. squid menancingly*


legolas - Oct 19, 2004 1:04 pm (#1760 of 2977) Reply

Hi Jack, chill! I have had that problem as well with people calling me at home. I almost passed out with shock when I bought a new cooker from a company that understood that a mobile means that I am not at home.

You have my sympathy with buying a new home. It’s a nightmare. The last time I moved I was selling and buying at the same time. I was a wreck.


Acceber - Oct 19, 2004 1:33 pm (#1761 of 2977) Reply

Just saying hi, as I've been lurking lately, so you won't think my Hogwarts letter has come at last and I'm out of my mind with excitement, with no time to post. No, I'm alive (and still a Muggle) and I've been too busy to post.

Congrats Sarah! Please post a pic soon!

Long car rides, I know the feeling, except my little sister and I are usually the ones doing the bickering. My parents liked it more when she slept the whole ride.

I shall leave you with this: GO RED SOX! REVERSE THE CURSE!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 19, 2004 2:23 pm (#1762 of 2977) Reply

I am following baseball only because my nephew has become a player and is a fan. As such, I am duty bound to be a Yankee "fan" if I must identify myself as a fan of any type.

Having said that, I must wonder if the internet connections at UCONN are broken at the moment. I haven't heard from Julia in a while? Where is she? Is she ok? I hope she's alright.

Very Happy


Catherine - Oct 19, 2004 2:32 pm (#1763 of 2977) Reply

Funny you mention that, Loopy! I, too, hope that Julia hasn't gone missing! **listens out for Julia but hears only the chirping of crickets**

It's been a rather long day today. Two kids home sick with some icky respiratory thingy. Poor Hayley (and therefore mom) has been up since 4 a.m. Even the puppies are sleepier than usual today. I keep chanting to myself: Don't get it; don't get it; don't get it.

Well, to chime in on the baseball rivalry, hubby and I are aligned with the Red Sox.

Off to make some tea to stay awake until an appropriate bedtime. Have a good evening.


Padfoot - Oct 19, 2004 2:39 pm (#1764 of 2977) Reply

icthestrals, good to see you back once more. Good luck job hunting. I am having lots of fun too watching the money roll right out of my bank account. I gets lots of helpful advice from people saying "Oh but you did save up lots of money just in case this happened right?" D'oh *smacks forehead*

Jack congratulations. I too have gone through the joys of home buying and the ever fun re financing. It's all stress now but it will be worth it when you finally own your own home. Plus, there is the tax write off.


Accio Sirius - Oct 19, 2004 4:09 pm (#1765 of 2977) Reply

If I recall, Julia mentioned midterms were this week, so I assume she is pulling a Hermoine and not a Ron or Harry!

Haymoni and Catherine, I hope the kids get better soon! I hope the two of you stay healthy, because if it's anything like my house, it really doesn't matter if mom becomes sick! I still have to take care of everybody.

ICThestrals and Padfoot, I'm sending employment charms your way! And Acceber, I'm rooting for the Red Sox for nothing else than just a change of pace.


haymoni - Oct 19, 2004 5:02 pm (#1766 of 2977) Reply

Accio Sirius - I agree with you - Anybody but the Yankees! Not that I am anti-Yankee - I just want to see someone else win the American League. Hubby says St. Louis is going to win it all anyways, so it really doesn't matter. Being from Cleveland, it is hard watching Manny Ramirez in someone else's uniform, but I wish him all the best.

I will be home tomorrow with the Pink-Eyed Daughter. It is right before my busiest time of year at work, but maybe I'll get started on the packing for Disney World. Yuck!


SarcasticGinny - Oct 19, 2004 5:26 pm (#1767 of 2977) Reply

Hi guys, sorry I haven't been by lately. It's been a really disgustingly busy couple of weeks. They told us teachers not to search the web "for fun" any more at work. Now I'm only supposed to look things up about the things we're studying in school ("The Outsiders" is next; good book). Nonetheless, sorry for once again zipping ahead to recent entries, but hopefully everyone is doing wonderfully!

I'm rooting for the Red Sox too, but if not them, Houston. I don't want St. Louis (How my St. Louis relatives would torture me!)


DJ Evans - Oct 19, 2004 5:58 pm (#1768 of 2977) Reply

Jack: -BTW- for those who have been though the heartache of home buying I will close on my new house on October 28th, if all goes well (which is highly unlikely). I am now about to give birth to a brand new baby ulcer.

First off & most importantly, good luck on your closing Jack -- hope all goes well and smoothly!! Second, please no "pics" of your new baby ulcer?

icthestrals -- Glad to see you back!! Here's hoping you and Cynde both have the best luck in getting a job. One that we'll all be jealous of when you get it!!

Well, part of our state got hit with some severe storms yesterday -- there were some bad thunderstorms and a few tornados. Luckily none here in my area, but it was bad in the lower half and eastern side of the state.

FYI for those who are "thinking" about trying to fry their 1st turkey here soon. (Which I highly recommend!!!) As it was mentioned earlier it can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing & one of the common accidents people have with the process is putting too much oil in their cookers. Just as a hint, what we always do is when we start to thaw out the turkey we put it in the cooker and then fill the cooker up with water till it covers not only the turkey BUT is at least 5 to 6 inches from the top -- then remove the turkey & mark the water level on the cooker. That way, when we are ready to fry the thawed out turkey we know exactly how much oil to add without it overflowing. Hope that helps someone from having an accident & causing a fire or injuring themselves.

Have a GREAT day/night everyone!!!!

Later, Deb


haymoni - Oct 19, 2004 6:19 pm (#1769 of 2977) Reply

Sarcastic Ginny - "When I stepped out into the bright light from the movie theater, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."

I think that's how "The Outsiders" started. Talk about ruining a perfectly good book with a movie! Ugh!

Dally was supposed to have an elfish face and hair so blonde it was almost white - Matt Dillon??? Rob Lowe as Sodapop was good, Tom Cruise as Steve was awful - terrible accent. Patrick Swayze as Darry was good, but you couldn't get close enough to see his eyes. Book-Darry had eyes like ice. Diane Lane was pretty good as Cherry - how pretty is she??? The nerve.

S.E. Hinton the author (who wrote the book in her teens as I recall) actually played the nurse that Matt Dillon is hassling. "We'll do it for Johnny!" Ugh!

I'm pretty sure I swiped a paperback copy of that book from my high school. It has to be around here somewhere, along with my black-handled switchblade.


Julia.    - Oct 19, 2004 6:50 pm (#1770 of 2977) Reply

No worries everyone, I'm here and alive. The internet connections at UConn are working just fine. As Accio Sirius mentioned, I do indeed have midterms this week, two of them tomorrow in fact. I've been studying in a very Hermione like fashion, although I've been lurking all along.

In the spirit of trying to be a better person, I'm not touching the Yankees/Sox series until it's over. I realized that the playoffs bring out the worst in me and I don't like it very much, that combined with frustration and midterms is making me not happy right now. Thus, I will say GO YANKEES!!!!! and leave it at that until the series is over.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 19, 2004 7:57 pm (#1771 of 2977) Reply

Good to see you working towards being a better person Julia. My only real experience is basketball and I've been a Laker fan for over 20 years. (Egad. I'm old. What's more, I'm tiring of pointing this out.) Anyway, I always found myself a much better sport when the Lakers were clinging to a 3-2 series lead than when they were up 2-0 or 3-1. Razz Sorry, just teasing. Study hard!! Don't put it off 'til later, cuz I'm sure you're a first-rater! (Ok, now I'm sleepy and old, because positive reinforcement is just not not my style.)


The giant squid - Oct 20, 2004 2:52 am (#1772 of 2977) Reply

  I would love to join the auntie group. *eyes the giant squid and mrs. squid menancingly*

Sorry, the only children coming from this pairing are of the stuffed animal variety. I am far too much of a kid myself to even consider bringing one into the world. He or she might try to play with my LEGOs or read my comic books!

Re Outsiders: I remember that movie, mainly because Marie was a squealy teenybopper when it came out. It's the same reason I know the lyrics to Duran Duran's entire catalog (up to their first breakup, anyway). They had the radio on the 80's station at work recently, and I found myself singing along to "Save A Prayer"; it was most embarassing.



septentrion - Oct 20, 2004 3:38 am (#1773 of 2977) Reply

Hi all ! I'd just like to say I'm back. I had a really nice trip in Israël, with sun, blue sky, gorgeous landscapes and so on...and now dull grey sky...

Best wishes for all the birthdays, celebrations...I missed but I had to use the cheat button (mark as read) to get along with this thread. Off to lunch (it's 12:30 pm here). Everyone has a good day.


Good Evans - Oct 20, 2004 7:30 am (#1774 of 2977) Reply

ICthrestrals - nice to see you back - keep your chin up!! Jack - hang in there too, the completion makes it all worth it!! Septentrion - pleased you had a good time.

have a nice wednesday everyone ...... off to check other threads and post now....


Accio Sirius - Oct 20, 2004 7:36 am (#1775 of 2977) Reply


It's okay. We all have our flahsback moments. My freshman roommate in college had a Duran Duran poster, and sadly, I didn't mind at the time. I may have even gone to see them in concert, but I can't be sure--I may be repressing that memory. I've been on a Cheap Trick kick lately, trying to recapture those moments of dancing around the room with high school friends and squealing over Tom Petersson (who just by the way, in his prime, could have played Sirius). I try not to regret too much from my past as it is pointless, but I'm glad nobody has pictures of me from a Journey concert. Anybody else trying to repress an embarrassing concert event from their youth?


haymoni - Oct 20, 2004 7:46 am (#1776 of 2977) Reply

I saw Greg Kihn open up for Journey and later I saw Bryan Adams open for Journey. I liked Journey, but I went to the 2nd concert to see Bryan.

I saw the Stray Cats. It had been raining and a mudslide had formed on the lawn - what a riot!

Haven't been to a concert in a while - we took Ungrateful Son to see AC/DC when he was 7 (4 years ago) - that was the last concert I've been to. How depressing!


Catherine - Oct 20, 2004 7:56 am (#1777 of 2977) Reply

Well, if we're really sharing...but not too much information...

I don't choose to forget my 7th grade obsession with Duran Duran and how many times best-buddy Lisa and I watched the Hungry Like the Wolf video we taped from Friday Night Videos because MTV hadn't made it into our neck of the woods yet. Those were good times that we laugh about.

If I really dredge up the "need to be forgotten" memories, I might think about, in the same year, that some friends and I performed to the song "Freakazoid Robots" in the middle school talent show. VERY OUCH! **quivers with shame and remorse**

Then there are the horrendous pictures from various college parties that I must burn before my children discover them. In one of them, we all dressed up for the Headbangers' Ball. Our attire consisted of dog chains, leather, ripped clothes, bizarre hairstyles, and anything too tight and too short that would give our mothers apoplexy. I can't believe that we actually went out like that. What WERE we thinking?

Have a great Wednesday. I'm home with one sickie today **waves to Haymoni as Pinkeye Mom!**.



Loopy Lupin - Oct 20, 2004 8:36 am (#1778 of 2977) Reply

Oh Mah Gawd! How could you ever have been such a dork Catherine?

By the way, the title of the song was "Freak-A-Zoid" and not "Freakazoid Robots." Sheesh!


Very Happy


Good Evans - Oct 20, 2004 8:40 am (#1779 of 2977) Reply

Catherine - ha ha I know exactly what you mean. I recently threw out some clothes that were far too short - surely I didn’t wear them in public!!! 9 (clearly was much slimmer then)


haymoni - Oct 20, 2004 8:49 am (#1780 of 2977) Reply

I found an O-ring in the back of my jewelry box the other day - Horrors!

I was cleaning out my closet and found a jean jacket waaay in the back that I had cut into a vest. My concert pins from Stray Cats and Journey were still on it.

Did anyone have a GQ Wall in college? We would buy "Gentleman's Quarterly" (does that magazine still exist???) and we'd cut out pictures of all the beautiful men and hang them on the walls of our dorm room. Needless to say, we often had to go to the library to study!


VeronikaG - Oct 20, 2004 12:02 pm (#1781 of 2977) Reply

When I was 8 years old (in 1988) I was determined that when I was 15 I was gonna be wearing lots of pink plastic bead necklaces, neon colored earrings and have hair like Marie Fredrikson in Roxette. Off cource I was 15 in 1995, during the boring mid-nineties. I barely owned any clothes that werent black, army green, brown, grey or ... orange. just for the record, I had a little hair dying incident at 15, where I turned out a red head. I also used mascara in my eyebrows, and went to school looking like that. Add glasses, acne and braces, and you get the picture that 15 wasn't my prettiest age. Hee hee. Maybe I'll post a picture of myself at that age once.


Catherine - Oct 20, 2004 12:03 pm (#1782 of 2977) Reply

By the way, the title of the song was "Freak-A-Zoid" and not "Freakazoid Robots." Sheesh! --Loopy Lupin

Like I said, I was TRYING to forget the whole thing. I'm off to join Winky in numerous bottles of butterbeer.

This is what I get for sharing. You'd think I'd learn my lesson! Hmmph. ;P


Accio Sirius - Oct 20, 2004 1:12 pm (#1783 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 20, 2004 1:13 pm

Thank you Catherine and Loopy for my spew moments of the day. It was very brave of you Catherine. I'm sure if someone dug far enough, there would be something on Loopy. I will admit just about all of my college misadventures, but since I minored in photo-journalism, I was the one taking all of the pictures, so there is no hard evidence on me. And if anyone says that was me stage diving at a Thompson Twins/Reflex double bill concert, they are lying!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 20, 2004 1:31 pm (#1784 of 2977) Reply

I'm sure if someone dug far enough, there would be something on Loopy-- Accio Sirius

Well, was the fact that I knew the correct name of the song lost on everyone? I only gave a website because I like to back up my statements with proof; I knew I was right to begin with being an insufferable know-it-all and everything. And no, that was not me at the Huey Lewis and the News concert in '85.

Oh, and here's more. I was sooooo busted this weekend. I was taking my 15 year-old niece to her grandmother's. I was trying to do the bonding thing by agreeing with her that I totally hate Avril Lavigne (however you spell that chick's last name) too. Anyway, my niece, who always has control of the radio, was flipping through stations and I said "Oh wait, I like that song" at one point. I had no idea whose song it was, but you guessed it. I had just told her to stop on one of Avril's little ditties. Whoops.


haymoni - Oct 20, 2004 2:08 pm (#1785 of 2977) Reply

There it is.


timrew - Oct 20, 2004 2:53 pm (#1786 of 2977) Reply

I have to tell you that in the last 2-3 years, I've been to concerts by Alice Cooper, The Eagles, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Stones and Simon and Garfunkel.

I had a ticket for Fleetwood Mac, but had to sell it to a friend, as I developed a stiff neck. I don't know what was more painful - the stiff neck, or missing the Fleetwood Mac concert!

Stevie Wonder and Ringo's All Starr Band are ones I'm still wanting to go to; but I don't even know if they're touring over here in the near future.....

And I have to admit, I have no wish to see either Avril Levigne or Duran Duran. But, as they say, each to his own!


Dr Filibuster - Oct 20, 2004 3:04 pm (#1787 of 2977) Reply

Sounds like you have a time-turner Tim.


timrew - Oct 20, 2004 3:08 pm (#1788 of 2977) Reply

No Sue, all these guys are older than me now!


SarcasticGinny - Oct 20, 2004 4:22 pm (#1789 of 2977) Reply

Haymoni- wow great job on your memory of the opening lines of "the Outsiders". Its an excellent book, which I'm looking forward to teaching. I agree that the movie is off a bit, especially as far as Dallas goes; Matt Dillon is too all-american for that part. Dally is supposed to look meaner than that. What do you think about the karate kid playing Johnny or that kid who plays Ponyboy?

At least, mostly, they stuck to the plot unlike SOME movies. I just finished showing the kids the movie "Charly" based on "Flowers for Algernon". Egads, it features Charlie going off on some motorcycling free loving self-discovery journey! It's awful!! Never again!

Oooh 80's stuff. Tears for Fears recently got back together too. I tried to get tickets but alas, earwax, I failed. I was born in '82, but I was there for MOST of that decade and I like lots of the music. Anyone here besides myself guilty of wearing "side ponytail"?


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 20, 2004 4:27 pm (#1790 of 2977) Reply

Morning Everyone! Just to share in the embarrassing youth stories, one of my first concerts was in '88 when I went and saw Bros (does anyone remember them??!!) and my girlfriends screamed so much that I left without a voice, fast forward a year and every bros poster has been ripped from my walls only to be replaced with floor to ceiling posters of *shock horror!* Motley Crue *hangs head* I also had the big hair tight jeans and horrible t-shirts & crop tops, my mother, who is every bit a lady, was disgusted, but I thought it was cooler than anything and was in love with any boy that had long hair! Oh the joys of youth!


haymoni - Oct 20, 2004 4:39 pm (#1791 of 2977) Reply

Ralph Macchio did a pretty good job of playing Johnny - they didn't really capture how awful his life was, though.

C.Thomas Howell seemed a bit strained in this movie. He has developed into a very good actor though.

And, yes, I did wear a side ponytail - how about the endless braiding? - french, fish-bone, etc.


ShelterGirl - Oct 20, 2004 4:50 pm (#1792 of 2977) Reply

Oh dear. Well, if I must be included in this collection of geeks then I'll out myself too.

My first concert ever was Michael Jackson and his brothers on the Victory Tour. It was at JFK Stadium in Philly, which doesn't exist anymore (I think The Stones Steel Wheels tour was the last show there). My girlfriends and I had a slumber party afterwards. We LOOOOOOVED Michael. I was HUGELY into Duran Duran, and at one point or another had my hair cut like each of them. Simon was last because his hair was shortest.

I was down the shore with a friend when Live Aid happened, and we were crabbing and flounder fishing that day and we made her Dad bring the transistor radio out on the boat so we could listen to it. (Transistor radios...) I did get to see The Hooters open the show, which was a big deal since they were Philly Boys.

Most freakish moment? Our Junior High had a "Gofer" Day, where the 9th Graders were sold to 7th and 8th graders to raise money for the Student Council. I was purchased by a cadre of students and some teachers, who all chipped in to save me from the "Freak" guy. Aside from carrying 6 people's books and getting their lunches I had to perform on stage. I was dressed all in "Pleather," with studded belts and boots, hair teased out and Adam Ant make-up on, lip-synching "Hopelessly Devoted to You" while dancing with a giant stuffed mouse.

Ok, there's a TON more, but I would really like my State Fair buddies to want to be seen with me.


Catherine - Oct 20, 2004 5:48 pm (#1793 of 2977) Reply

Thanks for sharing, Julie. Now I don't feel like the only freakazoid on the Forum!

Mr. Catherine says to tell you that he, too, was there at JFK Stadium for Michael Jackson's Victory Tour. He also saw Live Aid there.

Speaking of the State Fair, I am looking forward to it. Where else can you eat yourself sick, ride things that make you sick, pet smelly animals and watch VERY interesting people? W00T! **waves to Shelter Girl and Eponine**

So watch for me toodling west with my Harry Potter license plate obliviating people right and left.


Eponine - Oct 20, 2004 6:01 pm (#1794 of 2977) Reply

Waves back to Catherine and Shelter Girl**

My first concert was Bon Jovi. To this day, I still don't think my mother knows that I went. I was "going to a friend's house" for the night. We had some horrible seats, but we danced like idiots the entire time even though we were the only ones dancing in the nose-bleed section. It was quite fun.

Hope everyone is having a great day!


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 20, 2004 6:10 pm (#1795 of 2977) Reply

Eponine, Bon Jovi was also a favorite of mine, I'm proud to say I did see them in concert and loved every minute of it. I will also admit, I still have a soft spot for Jon, especially since he cut his hair!

I will also admit that when I went to my first Blue Light Disco (a disco for kids run by the local police) I was 13, I wore a black mini skirt, with knee high black and white striped socks, and doc martin shoes, and white t-shirt, I had my hair in a low pony tail with a huge piece pulled out of the front in a long curl hanging down the side of my face, my sister helped me get ready and we both thought I looked sensational! I look back now and thank god no-one took my photo! !


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 20, 2004 6:16 pm (#1796 of 2977) Reply

Alright, I'll get in on the "bad musical choices of the 80's" bit...

Back before he developed a conscience and got political, I was all over John Cougar. But alas, earwax, his sex appeal exited stage left when the name "Mellencamp" entered stage right. I have all his early albums, even the self-titled debut which has him sporting a pouty, made-up, Billy Idolesque look. On the album he sings "I Need a Lover", which, would you believe, he wrote and Pat Benatar did the cover.

I even caught him at a *cough* Journey *cough* concert. Mind you, I only went to see Journey because John Cougar was the opening act. And if you think one's as bad as the other, I assure you, you are wrong.


Julia.    - Oct 20, 2004 6:31 pm (#1797 of 2977) Reply

W00t! Bon Jovi rocks! Their big album Slippery When Wet came out a year after I was born. I love 'em, even if Jon is responsible for that whole hair thing...Alas, I have no more 80s music story considering that when they ended I was five.


Leila 2X4B - Oct 20, 2004 7:01 pm (#1798 of 2977) Reply

Well, I must into the fray. I love Duran Duran to this day. My first concert was *gasp* James Taylor. I was 7. I adored Billy Idol... especially after I figured out what "Rebel Yell" meant. I actually own quite the collection of 80's pop compilations. I have a thing for Robert Palmer in the worst way. He is Simply Irresistible.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 20, 2004 7:09 pm (#1799 of 2977) Reply

I adored Billy Idol... especially after I figured out what "Rebel Yell" meant---Sleeping Beauty

OK. Color me clueless, but what does "Rebel Yell" really mean? ***had a sheltered upbringing***


Pinky - Oct 20, 2004 7:31 pm (#1800 of 2977) Reply

To those visiting the NC State Fair... I wish I could come too! I love the NC state fair! Do they still have the performing tigers right next to the chicken barn? You can see those tigers drooling... Be sure to watch the animal races... I think they had goats, ducks, and other assorted animals. Oh yes, and be sure to find the maple sugar cotton candy in one of the exhibit halls. And the fellow selling that cool slicer kitchen gadget? It's not really as cool as he makes it look. Trust me.... I know. **not that I got suckered into buying one... oh no... not me.....**
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Catherine - Oct 20, 2004 7:44 pm (#1801 of 2977) Reply

Trust me.... I know. **not that I got suckered into buying one... oh no... not me.....** --Pinky

Uh oh, I bet Pinky bought a Salad Shooter! **just kidding**

Kim, I may be naive myself, unless there is a whole other meaning to the term "rebel yell."

I learned that this term came from the Civil War, from the battle cry of Confederate troops. This may be a historical "urban legend," so if it is incorrect, I will stand to learn something. In a modern setting, without the historic connotations, I suppose it could be thought of as a rallying cry of the underdog against the mighty, or ruling forces.

Also, I might've heard that there is an adult beverage **not glorifying intoxicants to the underage, here!** called a Rebel Yell.

Finally, where I grew up, in the Richmond, VA, area, there was an amusement park called Kings Dominion north of town. The first "real" grown-up roller-coaster I ever rode was called "The Rebel Yell" and, to my eight year-old self, it seemed rather frightening. **waves to the second grade teacher, Mr. Flannagan, who took me on this roller-coaster over his wife's protests!**

Whew. There. I'm spent. Good night to all. I'm off to the fair tomorrow, so I need me rest!


Leila 2X4B - Oct 20, 2004 7:46 pm (#1802 of 2977) Reply

Um...no. that is not what Rebel Yell means. However, I will not post that here. Think about this. What does Billy Idol sing about...



Denise P. - Oct 20, 2004 8:01 pm (#1803 of 2977) Reply

Woo! Nothing like fun and excitement in the neighborhood! This afternoon, a friend came over with her kids so we could canvas my neighborhood selling popcorn for Cub Scouts. On the way back, we came to a house that had an alarm going off. We could smell smoke. We looked around the house, it appeared to be vacant and had a for sale sign. We decided to be cautious and called 911. I clearly told the operator that the house appeared to be vacant and that while I could smell smoke, I could not be sure it was from the house or from outside in the neighborhood somewhere. I did say the alarm was going off. I was concerned that maybe some kids broke in there and set something on fire. Well, within just a few minutes, 2 fire trucks and an emergency response vehicle came screaming into the neighborhood. Naturally, all the neighbors came out to see what the fuss was and I found out THEN that the alarm has been going off since Tuesday! The real estate agent had been called loads of times about the alarm from various neighbors (I am only 5 houses down and never heard it). Wanna bet he gets his butt out there and turns it off now? I feel bad that the fire department came out for nothing but I also felt it was better to err on the side of caution. The firemen were very nice, talked to the kids and told them to come down to the station for a tour. The smoke we smelled was coming from behind the house, in another yard.


Pinky - Oct 20, 2004 8:28 pm (#1804 of 2977) Reply

Nope. Not a salad shooter. It's a flat thingie that slices random objects into thick or thin slices, and can also cut potatoes into french fries. It can be handy... but not quite the way the ever-so-persuasive salesman makes you think.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 20, 2004 9:08 pm (#1805 of 2977) Reply

Ummmm, Julia? Julia? ***deafening silence***


Leila 2X4B - Oct 20, 2004 9:21 pm (#1806 of 2977) Reply

I am just so happy. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!



ShelterGirl - Oct 20, 2004 9:43 pm (#1807 of 2977) Reply

This has indeed been one of the best nights in my fandom.

Now...GO CARDS!!!


The giant squid - Oct 20, 2004 10:15 pm (#1808 of 2977) Reply

Okay, since I opened this can of flobberworms, I guess I should reveal some ghosts of concerts past... Serendipitously, it ties in with talk of State Fairs.

The first concert I ever saw was Loverboy, with Quiet Riot opening, at the North Dakota State Fair. And yes, Marie was there too. Though I later went on to become a metalhead and a fan of QR's music, I have to say that to this day they were the worst live act I've ever seen. We booed them off the stage.

I will also freely and proudly admit that I have seen Warrant live three times...the same number of times I've seen Kiss.

The Kiss shows were better, although spandex does not look well on 50-year-old men.

Oh, and I'd like to echo ShelterGirl: GO CARDS!



Julia.    - Oct 20, 2004 10:17 pm (#1809 of 2977) Reply

Congrats to the Dead Sox fans. I would have posted earlier, but I was trying not to throw up. I am not exaggerating. It was hard, but in the end my dinner stayed where it was supposed to. I did however, have trouble breathing, but, thank G-d, I'm still alive and my breathing has returned to normal. On that note, sweet dreams everyone, I'm going to sleep.

I also echo Julie GO CARDS!!!!!!!!!!


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 20, 2004 10:39 pm (#1810 of 2977) Reply

Giant Squid, I'm with you, as you may have noticed, I too I was, still kind of am, a bit of a metal head.

I never got to see Warrant, I don't think they ever made it to Australia, but I was a big fan, and as for Kiss, I just recently saw them here, and even though they are now about 100, they where great! Also another concert i loved was Aerosmith, I was in love with Joe Perry even though he was old enough to be my dad!


Leila 2X4B - Oct 20, 2004 10:51 pm (#1811 of 2977) Reply

I just wanted to let you all know that: MY DADDY RETIRED!!!!!!

At least until next Spring


SOX in 6!!!!!


Leprechaun Jack - Oct 20, 2004 11:10 pm (#1812 of 2977) Reply

I hung around with a crowd that was quite a bit older then I was so my first concert (I use the term loosely) was the Ramones at CBGB's OMFUG and then Lou Reed, and Joan Jett and I think, but I'm really not too sure anymore., but people that I still talk to from back then swear, that we used to see Blondie perform there. They used to do shows there quite a lot before they hit it big so there might be some truth to that story. However I did go to school with a girl who dated the singer from Twisted Sister.

I pretty much missed all the fun of the 80's What a shame !!!! But I seem to remember a lot of NEON clothes around the city. Somebody find Gina Snape and ask her. She should remember the 80's in NYC.

Sleeping Beauty Congrats on your Dads Retirement!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Edit: Denise P. I just read on the MSN homepage that they have developed a 2 1/2 to 3 pound guinea pig  - don't you have them as pets? JC


Loopy Lupin - Oct 21, 2004 5:32 am (#1813 of 2977) Reply

My first concert ever was Michael Jackson and his brothers on the Victory Tour-- Shelter Girl

Awww. I wanted to go to that. Alas, that tour didn't come very close to Middle of Nowhere, Virginia. Plus, in those days, 120 bucks for a block of four tickets (if I remember correctly) was absolutely outrageous.


ShelterGirl - Oct 21, 2004 5:37 am (#1814 of 2977) Reply


If it will make you feel any better the first concert was rained out, and after the second one I got ill from a hot dog.

Also, if I remember correctly the show was lousy. They couldn't sing and they sure as heck couldn't dance. In fact, It wasn't any fun at all...

(What? I'm trying to make him feel better. The first sentence was true though.)


Penny Lane. - Oct 21, 2004 5:50 am (#1815 of 2977) Reply

I'd tell ya'll about my concert going experiences, but they were in the early 90's, not the 80's so I guess I don't qualify.

To all you baseball people... Just be happy that you're team made it to the World Series. My team hasn't gone since 1927. I think I missed that one, as my grandmother wasn't even born.


Denise P. - Oct 21, 2004 6:55 am (#1816 of 2977) Reply

Jack, yes, I keep my guinea pigs as pets, not as an alternate food source A good number of pet guinea pigs in the US already weigh as much as this person is breeding them to. Petunia, our big pig, weighs over 2½ lbs already (little more than a kilo). Regulus, the baby pig, weighs about 11 oz currently. I can't see just reaching and saying "Sorry Sirius, we need dinner tonight" because we are so used to them being a pet here in the US. Somehow, because of that, I don't think we will be seeing guinea pig on many US menus.

Well, this is getting me nowhere fast. I need to head to the gym where I am going to brave the usually all male weight area sans my gym partner. I hope there is another woman in there! See everyone later this afternoon.


Accio Sirius - Oct 21, 2004 7:12 am (#1817 of 2977) Reply


You rock! The Ramones at CBGBs is second only to seeing The Doors at The Whiskey or the Sex Pistols anywhere! Tim, your list is way too respectable! My very first concert was either Tom Petty or Elvis Costello. They were within a week of each other and I can't remember which came first. Best concert I've ever been to was R.E.M. at a small place in Pittsburgh that no longer exists. It was the Fables of the Reconstruction tour and they sang Happy Birthday to a friend of mine. They were great. Now, without Bill Berry, they are just mediocre. I forgot that I saw The Romantics and Huey Lewis in a high school gym in Fairmont, West Viriginia in the early 80s.

Denise, Our piggie is quite the piggie. I'm not sure how much he weighs, but he is a big fellow. My in-laws were in Peru last year, where they dined on guinea pigs. I made them promise not to tell my daughter that story. Quick question. Our guy seems pretty socialized, but he will make that chuddering noise if you pet him in the cage, but not while you are holding him. Any insights? I thought he like us!


Good Evans - Oct 21, 2004 9:28 am (#1818 of 2977) Reply

I am not publicly admitting to my first real concert.... let’s just say real embarrassing. However latter teenage years (80's) include Genesis, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, monsters of rock (therefore artists far too many to mention). so they redeem me a bit. I remember watching live aid on the TV and wishing I could have been there so I am really envious of anyone who as.

Anyhow today’s news .... I have received my certificate for a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) and I didn’t even know I had passed (I submitted in July and hadn’t heard anything so it was a great surprise). Yeay I am so pleased, butter beers all round.........


Missy Greene - Oct 21, 2004 11:01 am (#1819 of 2977) Reply

I think I've got you all beat in regards to the cheesiest 80's concert. My first was New Kids on the Block, with Tiffany as an opening act. Of course I was sporting the teased hair with side ponytail, acid washed jeans, and a day-glo orange shirt with the neck cut out like in flashdance. Could that be any more embarrassing??? That was followed by seeing Richard Marx (is that how he spelled it?) at King's Dominion.

I use to go to King's Dominion all the time. I love the Rebel Yell backwards! To this day, that and the Grizzly are my favorite roller coasters. I guess I'm just partial to the wooden ones.

As far as guinea pigs go, I think I could eat pretty much any animal, but ever since I was a kid and my good friend's grandparents from China asked to buy my labrador, for nefarious reasons, I don't think I could stomach dog.


haymoni - Oct 21, 2004 11:47 am (#1820 of 2977) Reply

Jack! I agree with Accio Sirius. CBGB's!!! I've only seen a picture of the front of the club from some VH1 Behind the Music episode. Wow!!

To have gone to The Whiskey would really be something too.

John Cougar sounded a lot like the Michael Stanley Band - a local Cleveland band that missed fame by inches - when he first came out. My favorite will always be "Ain't Even Done With The Night".


Catherine - Oct 21, 2004 12:24 pm (#1821 of 2977) Reply

Happy Wednesday!

I am back from my excursion to the North Carolina State Fair. What a scene! It was at least 10 times as large as our county fair. I felt like the country mouse coming to the big city!

Eponine and her sister Dobby's Tea Cosy were there, along with the very adorable children you see in their avatars. A glitch prevented us from hooking up with Shelter Girl, but she was there. **waves to Shelter Girl**

We were amazed at the sheer variety of food that is available at the Fair! You can also buy fried candy bars, Oreo cookies, and Twinkies.

This sign made us laugh so much that I took a picture. We "Know-It-Alls" couldn't help noticing that they misspelled the word "gator."

Like I said, you can eat just about ANYTHING at the Fair!

Cheers, y'all!


Eponine - Oct 21, 2004 12:49 pm (#1822 of 2977) Reply

Hey, Everyone!

We had a great time at the state fair. Catherine, you missed the deep fried snickers bar. It was more like deep fried heaven covered with powdered sugar. mmmm.... (wipes drool off keyboard)

It all went well until my niece lost her free Food Lion balloon on the way out to the parking lot. That did not go over well at all, but she is all smiles again now.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


[Cozy, Dobby's Tea]Dobby's Tea Cozy - Oct 21, 2004 1:03 pm (#1823 of 2977) Reply

Whoever thought that deep fried candy bars on a stick could be so wonderful? Catherine, it was great to meet you, now I can put a face with the name when I read your posts.


Acceber - Oct 21, 2004 2:27 pm (#1824 of 2977) Reply

Argh! I feel so left out again! I wasn't even born until '91! And I've never been to a concert either, although I would very much like to go to one.

I think my avatar speaks for itself, but GO RED SOX anyway! And go Astros; I really want to see Clemens against Petey in Game 7.

My cat's sitting next to me purring and being cute because he wants dinner. He's the tabby if you remember some of my previous avatars.

Happy Thursday!


Ladybug220 - Oct 21, 2004 3:36 pm (#1825 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 21, 2004 3:36 pm

Well, I am doing the last minute packing. Actually I am here reading the forum when I should be packing. My computer gets unhooked tomorrow and packed up into the moving van. Come Saturday I will be living in Durham, North Carolina. Let's just hope that it is not raining on Sunday when we are putting my stuff into storage.

Catherine, I really laughed at the last item.


Catherine - Oct 21, 2004 3:44 pm (#1826 of 2977) Reply

Welcome to North Carolina, Ladybug! You're almost here.

Yes, you see some very interesting things at the Fair!


timrew - Oct 21, 2004 4:51 pm (#1827 of 2977) Reply

Hi, accio sirius!

Yes, I've been to numerous cool concerts - but as you might have noticed, the acts have always been older than me!

But they still have the capacity to entertain.....



Julia.    - Oct 21, 2004 6:26 pm (#1828 of 2977) Reply

Greetings all. You'll be happy to know that after last night's events my dinner stayed where it was, although my stomach did still hurt today.

I just got off the phone with Betty. She's still in the hospital, but she sounds a lot better than she did the last time I talked to her. She says hello to everyone, she misses us all, and she sends out hugs to everyone.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 21, 2004 8:04 pm (#1829 of 2977) Reply


I know you tried "Pig Butt on a Stick." Mmmmm.....Pig Butt.


Viola Intonada - Oct 21, 2004 8:25 pm (#1830 of 2977) Reply

Reading all of the posts the last few days has really brought back the memories of the days of big hair and ripped jeans. The amount of hair spray and the hours I spent achieving my big hair. Ugh. I was a freshman in college when I saw my first concert. It was Chicago, others that I attended while in college were Genesis, Heart, Bangles, John Cougar (yes, afraid so) Mellencamp, AC/DC and The Who. The last concert I attended was The Pink Floyd. Since then I have only been to orchestra concerts. I am tempted to take my daughters to a Phil Collins concert, but probably won't.

There is a video on MTV now that just cracks me up about 1985.

Betty, I hope you feel better soon.

I think I will pass on the Pig Butt on a stick. Fried candy bars? Really? I had never heard of fried candy bars. I haven't been to a State Fair in 15 years. Maybe I will just have to go again someday.


The giant squid - Oct 21, 2004 8:46 pm (#1831 of 2977) Reply

Viola, I dig that song and video "1985" too. That, and you've got to love a band called "Bowling For Soup"...

Jack, for having seen the Ramones & Blondie live at CBGB you are officially cool.

I've been to the Whiskey (a Go-Go), but not when it was cool... My wife, on the other hand, used to do band photography down on the Sunset Strip in the mid- to late-80's. She got to know bands like Warrant, Poison & Black N Blue--all the guys I was listening to at the time back in ND. Yes, my wife is cooler than me and I'm OK with that.

Julia, next time you talk to Betty let her know her hugs are most definitely returned in kind.

Pig butt...



Ozymandias - Oct 22, 2004 12:35 am (#1832 of 2977) Reply

Oh, what a shame that I missed the 80's. I was at most 5 years old (I was born in '85), but I do remember being subjected to the side ponytail look by my cousins and their Evil Crimping Iron of Doom! Ooh, and bicycle shorts with big t-shirts tied off to the side. I was tragically too skinny to fill out the shorts.

I am a child of the 90's and as such am profoundly disturbed by "I Love the 90's." To see movies I saw in the theatre 5 years ago presented as nostalgia is just creepy.

Fried candy bars...sounds kind of scary, but in a good way. I haven't done the state fair thing in a while. I might have to make a trip...

Let me be the first to say Happy Friday to all! Especially since Saturday will be unhappy for me, since I have to take an English exam. Stupid graduation requirements. Can't they tell I speak English goodly already enough now?

Farewell, and may the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. ~Erin


 VeronikaG - Oct 22, 2004 2:41 am (#1833 of 2977) Reply

It's kind of funny how close the 90's still seem. Ten years ago we already felt that the 80's were waaaaaaay back in the past.

Having Guinea pig for dinner, how unethical! My friends family bred rabbits for food. I always thought it was so sad going into their shed and seeing all the cute little bunnies about to become roast. *sniff* I had a rabbit myself for 6 years, so I can say for certain I'm never going to eat rabbit. Or Guinea pig.

It's Friday, meaning that I now look forwards to a couple of days of unplugging the intellectual parts of my brain. Cool.

Hmmm... Haven't been at st. Mungo's for a while...


Catherine - Oct 22, 2004 4:46 am (#1834 of 2977) Reply

Happy Friday! Yay, Friday!

This is a busy weekend for us, with lots of Halloween socializing to do.

Tomorrow afternoon the kids will attend a Halloween dress-up party, and the hosts, once dusk falls, hang up a huge white sheet and show movies in their backyard, which is always very cool. The mom who gives this party is one of the original, unashamed Slacker moms, and that makes going to her house so much fun. My friend and I are bringing our food "contribution"-a huge amount of Chik-fil-a chicken nuggets. No cooking, no clean-up--W00T! (Hmm, unless Shelter Girl could just pop by the State Fair and pick us up some Gator Kabobs or Pig Butt on a stick? )

Must run to a boring meeting. I don't even have a "real" job, and yet I cannot escape boring meetings, alas earwax.

Have a great weekend.


Leprechaun Jack! - Oct 22, 2004 5:18 am (#1835 of 2977) Reply

The giant squid :Jack, for having seen the Ramones & Blondie live at CBGB you are officially cool.

I don't know about cool but I definitely feel old. I was watching TV last night and saw “I love the 70's.” They were spotlighting 1977 and showed the Ramones. I was lucky to be part of that scene at that time, I had a blast but now that I think back on it, it kinda' scary thinking of a 10-15 y/o kid in a mosh pit. I still live in fear that my mother will find out half the things I did as a kid.

Tim: I love your list, wanna' trade.

Denise P: As for eating the Guinea pigs no matter how big they got I can't see eating them either. You would probably need a herd of them to feed your troop, not very cost effective.

Julia: Please give lots of hugs and love to Betty for me. I've been going through a bad patch myself, I think it has to do with the change of the seasons and the upcoming holidays. But this too shall pass.



septentrion - Oct 22, 2004 6:07 am (#1836 of 2977) Reply

Hug Betty for me too, please Julia !


Julia.    - Oct 22, 2004 6:57 am (#1837 of 2977) Reply

Will do guys!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 22, 2004 7:34 am (#1838 of 2977) Reply

Happy Friday everyone!!! Thank God the weekend is finally here although Friday could move a little faster if you ask me. ****does robot wave to Catherine****


Julia.    - Oct 22, 2004 8:05 am (#1839 of 2977) Reply

Well, I'm off to New York for the weekend. Hope everyone has an excellent Friday, even if it is moving a bit slowly, and a most exciting and happy weekend.


Richard !!!Reid - Oct 22, 2004 10:36 am (#1840 of 2977) Reply

Weekend will be boring for me. I have a big maths exam next week, and I really must study. For some reason, I have this big problem when I study...

I open the books...Fine...
I might "hit" the books - literally
I read a few paragraphs, then I start thinking..."Hey, this is not so bad, I am doing quite well." Then it happens...

I look up...Yes, I look around my room, and suddenly, computer games that I haven't played in years suddenly seems interesting, or magazines I have read before, sounds like a good substitute for notes.

Yes. It is a situation that I am not proud of - perhaps there is a club for people like me.... Procrastinators Anonymous perhaps?

BTW, I am aware that I am no longer anonymous


wolfgrl - Oct 22, 2004 11:36 am (#1841 of 2977) Reply

Richard, I always fell into a similar situation when I needed to be studying, but I always suddenly realized that my room desperately needed cleaning. Or even worse my closet needed straitening and maybe even color coordinating my clothes in the closet. I would somehow justify not studying because the cleaning needed to be done. In other words anything to do other than study My home was very clean when Finals came around, and I got very little studying done.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 22, 2004 12:02 pm (#1842 of 2977) Reply

I look up...Yes, I look around my room, and suddenly, computer games that I haven't played in years suddenly seems interesting, or magazines I have read before, sounds like a good substitute for notes. -- Richard Reid

There has to be a name for this phenomenon. (Catherine?) I also seem to recall that the fates (karma or something) used to work against me as well. Has anyone ever seen the movie "Murder by Death"? It is a somewhat amusing spoof of murder mysteries. Anyway, I must have managed to see that movie on tv 100 times during law school because it would always come on as I sat down to study. I wouldn't give it a passing glance right now, but at that time, it suddenly became "Must-See-TV."

Anyway, Richard! Good to see you. How are the Italians?


DJ Evans - Oct 22, 2004 12:10 pm (#1843 of 2977) Reply

Guinea pigs for a meal? Hmmm, that's a little bit too -- well let's just say I "don't" think I would ever try them myself. Now I might/would invite a couple of guinea pigs to share my meal but I don't think I would like to have them for my meal!!! I'm sure if anyone is brave enough to try them, I can just hear it now "They taste just like chicken!!!" (For those wondering about the chicken comment, I don't know how it is in the rest of the world, but Americans are known to compare nearly any meat they taste to the taste of a chicken.)

Yes, Julia please let Betty know that she is in our hearts & prayers. That we are thinking of her and miss her terribly. So glad to hear that when you talked to her she sounded better!!! Wish I knew how to do one of those online Get Well greeting cards like we did for when Kip was in the hospital a while back. Then we all could get on there and leave her a little message for her to see when she got out.

Well, it's looking like it's going to be another rainy weekend here. I wouldn't mind it so much, but my sister & her husband are in the process of building their own house themselves. With all of the rain/storms that we've been getting for the last 2 or 3 weeks it's really putting them behind.

Jack -- Hope you will be feeling "up" again soon too. Don't like it when one of us in our forum family is feeling down or sick. Maybe this will cheer you and others some ----- Only ONE MONTH (& a few hours) from today and we'll have the DVD for PoA out on the shelves & in our hands to watch over & over!!!! Hey, so good to see the little leprechaun "dancing" again!!!

Richard: - perhaps there is a club for people like me.... Procrastinators Anonymous perhaps?

Hmmmm, there is a club for procrastinators? I just might have to join that club, I think I would fit right in there!!! Yes, I will definitely have to give that some thought -- later on sometime that is.

Hope everyone has a great Friday, a great weekend -- well heck just a great everything. That everybody gets all of their studying done early so they can have some time to "play" later on. Priorities "must" be put in order here.

Later, Deb

P.S. Loopy -- "Murder by Death" oooooh I love that movie!!! I've seen it a gazillion times too, along with "Clue"!!! Both are classics for me. I also like those "old" Black/White murder mysteries. Like the Charlie Chan series, the Thin Man series, etc...


Richard !!!Reid - Oct 22, 2004 12:24 pm (#1844 of 2977) Reply

Loopy, I was fortunate enough to move out of that room, and into one - equally disgusting - with room mates my own age, and nationaliy - it just made communicating a lot easier (not great at sign language).

Nevertheless. I now know what my procrastination technique is this year...Harry Potter Forums. I really need to log off...I really need to log off - well...I seriously doubt that will happen.


haymoni - Oct 22, 2004 12:40 pm (#1845 of 2977) Reply

I'm glad things are going better for you, Richard. Sorry about the disgusting part though.

It is Friday!!! Let the packing for Disney World begin!!! I am so dreading this! Actually it's all the laundry afterward that is upsetting.

Take care all!


Denise P. - Oct 22, 2004 1:04 pm (#1846 of 2977) Reply

Calling all non US Forum members. I am looking for a kind soul who would be willing to translate something for me and then give me phonetics on how to actually say it. I am kinda looking for something other than French, Spanish or Italian though. If my husband were here, I would get him to translate it into Arabic and actually will email it to him but that could take some time.

I, [name], promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people and obey the Law of the Pack.

Yes, it is the Cub Scout Promise, I am working with our Bear Scouts to earn an award about Languages and Cultures. One of the requirements is to learn 10 words in a different language, I thought learning the Cub Scout Promise would be more fun and way more nifty.

So if there is anyone willing to do this, drop me an email denise@hp-lexicon.org and thank you!


Gina R Snape - Oct 22, 2004 5:12 pm (#1847 of 2977) Reply

Hey, catching up here!

Jack, indeed neon was popular for one brief moment in the 80's. Thankfully brief!

I once offered to buy Joey Ramone a drink at a bar on Avenue A and he looked at me like I had eight heads. I wasn't hitting on him, either. Maybe that was his problem! It makes me sad that 3 Ramones are now deceased.

I've never seen Blondie perform, but I've seen Debbie Harry loads of times at different events--performing at Wigstock, shopping in SoHo, schmoozing at art gallery openings. She was also a guest on the RuPaul show once and I talked to her because my friend at the time was RuPaul's personal assistant. She wasn't a friendly person.

The first record I ever bought was a "Copa Cabana" '45 by Barry Manilow because we were dancing to it in my dance class and I wanted to practise! But the first proper album I ever purchased was Ghost in the Machine by The Police. It was a cassette tape and I recall the plastic cover breaking after about 3 days. My father took me to see Rick Springfield at Great Adventure with some friends when I was a young teen (pre-teen maybe). But the first concert I ever went to was actually a very small show. Black Flag to an audience of about 50 people. And I'd won the tickets no less! The biggest show I've ever seen (as in largest venue and number of people) was The Cure, Pixies and Love and Rockets at Giant's Stadium.

Duran Duran performed at the Virgin MegaStore in Times Square last week and I was a little sad to miss it because I was a huge fan of their's in the early to mid-eighties.

NYC is such a great place because we get to see so many people and host so many interesting events. I see famous people all the time. But quite possibly nothing will ever top when I met Alan Rickman in November of last year... :swoon:


Catherine - Oct 22, 2004 5:53 pm (#1848 of 2977) Reply

Calling Richard and all Procrastinators:

Loopy's faith that I would have a "name" for the dreaded disease will, so unfortunately, prove unsatisfactory. I do have a name, but I know he won't like it.

The desire to study, do , achieve, "anything else" but the needed goal will go "undiagdnosed" still as "Underachiever Syndrome."

That's what I was told it is in grad school, and thus this remains.

BTW, my own mother was 35/36, years old, studying for her CPA exam, and decided that our attic needed a purge. My hubby, when a big paper or grant is due, decides that his lab or (yikes, worse!) our house needs a big re-arranging.

I feel sure this "PROCRASTINATION" is a syndrome.


Gina R Snape - Oct 22, 2004 6:11 pm (#1849 of 2977) Reply

*Hops back onto the fourm to respond instead of doing homework*

I think you're onto something there, Catherine!


ShelterGirl - Oct 22, 2004 6:13 pm (#1850 of 2977) Reply

Great Adventure Gina??

How many times did you go on Rolling Thunder? Or Rednuht Gnillor as it was called when they shifted it backwards?
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Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 22, 2004 6:32 pm (#1851 of 2977) Reply

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Unfortunately I am at work this morning (actually every Saturday morning), and this afternoon am doing a small make-up job. I work in my families sports store and then do make-up from home, and mine & Ben's paperwork for our trucking business.

But then tonight I'm finally catching up with some friends for dinner and tomorrow I get to see one of my beautiful little nephews get baptized. I love my little babies! And I've just been told I can have the day off on Monday!! YAY!!! Which means I get to go with Ben and pick up our new truck, very exciting and stressful at the same time, we are now a fleet! More than 2 is a fleet I think so we just sneak in at 3. Lots more paperwork for me to do now though, but I don't mind.

Anyway, that's enough of my waffle, hope everyone is just wonderful. Hugs to Betty & Jack!

Keeps smiling everyone, it's the Week-end!!!!


Gina R Snape - Oct 22, 2004 6:44 pm (#1852 of 2977) Reply

Rolling Thunder didn't go backwards. But Lightening Loops did!

Let's just say I had a season pass for a few summers in a row...


The giant squid - Oct 22, 2004 8:08 pm (#1853 of 2977) Reply

I firmly believe that procrastination is a disease, like alcoholism, and that someday they'll discover a treatment. I was going to lobby for Procrastinator's Rights, but never got around to it.

Let me tell you, procrastination & ADD are a nasty double-whammy... Not only do I get distracted easily, I can't keep my mind on the distraction!



Chemyst - Oct 22, 2004 10:53 pm (#1854 of 2977) Reply

Concerts, (except the orchestra ones) really don't agree with me. I've been to three. One, I don't even remember who was playing; only that the concrete steps in the arena were not designed for any human leg of normal length and that they went up & up & up for a considerable climb. Then there was the Diana Ross concert that we went to only because parking, dinner & admission were free; we left after the third song. And then there was the Eagles concert, which I probably could have enjoyed if the box office hadn't sold us the seats where they put the mixer. Since we could not sit in theater seats that had a sound board on them, the usher lead us to a spot right in front of a huge speaker and told us to stand there and wait for him to find seats for us. He never did. Eventually we worked our way to the back to preserve what was left of out eardrums. I didn't anticipate that standing near an exit would cause problems, but when the concert was over, the rush of people literally swept me off my feet; I was carried/pushed along for about one and a half yards with out ever touching the floor and it was terrifying. If anyone had fallen, I think there would have been casualties.

* * sending Betty esteem charms * *

Richard, thanks for updating us on your roommate situation. That was the first question that popped into my mind as soon as I saw your name.

Mmmm. Chick-fil-A nuggets. (You are welcome to come to my parties - bring nuggets.)And have you tried the carrot-raisin salad?

Not only do I get distracted easily, I can't keep my mind on the distraction! Yes, I identify. But it just means I'm doing too much.

I am in mourning. My younger son's voice is changing, and I am mourning my loss of hearing his boyish giggles. I guess that is one of those things one can admit to only on a forum, because the people around here would think it was silly.


From Venus - Oct 23, 2004 12:47 am (#1855 of 2977) Reply

Um, sorry to barge in like this, but Denise P. suggested that I ask this question here. So here it is...

Ever since Jo gave us her new minesweeper score, I've been playing the game; I'd never played it before as I was always a free cell fan. Anyways, I either totally stink at it or she is really REALLY good.

So here's my question; what are your best scores for minesweeper?

P.S. Actually, I really do totally stink at it, but that's besides the point.

EDIT : Giant Squid, I just read your post. I'm still laughing. And I want to sign up for your procrastinator's rights movement. There's a lot we could lobby for, like free extensions on our income tax.


septentrion - Oct 23, 2004 2:11 am (#1856 of 2977) Reply

Denise, we have a croatian member, Lina, who writes mostly (as far as I know) on the JKR's website and Snape threads. I bet nobody else would have found how to translate your sentence into croatian

As for me, I'm preparing my mind to go back to work on monday. Not very enthusiastic about it...


Loopy Lupin - Oct 23, 2004 6:42 am (#1857 of 2977) Reply

So here's my question; what are your best scores for minesweeper?-- From Venus

I don't keep score. I just play for the love of the game. Smile


Good Evans - Oct 23, 2004 7:05 am (#1858 of 2977) Reply

Hi Guys

Im just in after helping a friend cater for a wedding. We started at 2pm yesterday and I left hers at 1pm today to drive home (through howling winds and driving rain I might add!). It all was going fairly swimmingly until I burnt the cheese sauce for the vegetable ragatoni gratin and my friend broke a glass tray with tomotoes and onions on it. Anyone ever try washing sliced tomoatoes???? Then when her husband put the rice on, but didnt measure the water and it ended up like rice pudding, we decided it was time for bed and we would finish this morning, my friend was up at four, but being a slacker I didnt arrive in the kitchen until 7.30. It all came out in the end though and hopefully the wedding will go well. Shame about the weather, they are in Southwark (london) and hopefully the rain wont have reached there yet! Here in Sussex it is disgusting.


SarcasticGinny - Oct 23, 2004 8:39 am (#1859 of 2977) Reply

Hello hello. I'm late on the draw (again) but Gina and Jack, your "Ramones" stories definitely count as cool. I was so born in the wrong decade, because I'm in direct and shameless envy of you both (even though Joey Ramone was rude to you, Gina, what a stinker!) My first concert was seeing Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Young wasn't touring with them anymore by the time I got around to going to concerts.

Missy, your first concert ROCKS. What I wouldn't have given to see NKOTB back then. We even had the dolls of them! I favored Donnie Walburgh at first, but then he became known as the "druggy" of the bunch, so I quickly convinced everyone that I'd been saying I loved DANNY all along (the one who looked like a monkey). Sadly enough I saw Tiffany four years ago. She plays colleges now. My boyfriend John and I got there in time to see a greatly extended version of "I think we're alone now", which I think lasted about 7 minutes, most just repetition of the chorus!

Good luck with the wedding, Good Evans. Catering is a difficult job but really cool once you get into the swing of things (I work summers at a Catering place.)

I heard on the radio about the guinea pig eating. Eurgh! Never! I'd go vegetarian first. I would always be thinking about my first pet, my little guinea pig Skunk who lived to be NINE! He was such a sweetie, always purring. The worst part about the "guinea pig eating" phenomena is that (not for the faint of heart)...

..they roast and eat them whole, with the head still on. Ewwwwwww. I like to keep my food in the abstract, meaning it should NEVER have a face!

One week and a day 'till Halloween- anyone excited? My sister and I had a bunch of friends get together and watch Halloween movies like Disney's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (I still get scared for poor Ichabod) and the even more obscure "The Worst Witch" movie with a young Fairuza Balk and Tim Curry. Good times. :-)


Pigwidgeon - Oct 23, 2004 8:57 am (#1860 of 2977) Reply

My first concert in the 80s was Men At Work. I was in Grade School. My parents may still have the record. I also went to a Crosby, Stills and Nash Concert. Actually, I've seen them twice, once the summer of my ninth-grade year and then in May... 1998? egad the memory is going ... at Kent State university when they did a small, free concert during the May 4 memorial anniversary. Peter, Paul and Mary came in May 1995 for the same reason, and I actually got quite close I also saw Duran Duran when they came to the area in the summer of 2000. I was actually subbing for another reporter, who was ill. I had fun, but my head and ears ached afterwards ... and I had ear plugs!! So I'm with you, Chemyst -- I prefer the orchestra. That, and small, local folk bands.

I, too, had a pet guinea pig in grade school. The thought of eatting one .. *shudder* Nope, can't do it.

Denise, do you have a deadline for when you need the info? I can't guarantee anything, but I might be able to get some translations for you.

Halloween! Hard to believe it's almost here! I'm helping with some Halloween Hikes at a local camp tonight (nothing scarey -- just a hike where young girls will meet with costumed characters -- an owl, a mouse, a skunk -- to learn about nature and the environment. My favorite year is when we had my dad dress up as the turkey hee hee hee hee hee!) I've never seen The Worst Witch, but I do like "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Two great, family-friendly Halloween movies are "Watcher in the Woods" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes." They are both by Disney and both rated PG. They are creepy and spooky without being terrifying or gross.

It has been ages since I have played minesweeper, and I'm not that good at it myself. According to the record log on my computer, 612 seconds is the best on expert level (and no, that was NOT me).


Richard !!!Reid - Oct 23, 2004 12:07 pm (#1861 of 2977) Reply

Trust me, I won't be missed with the Italians...I saw one of them in the street at the beginning of this week...he asked me - with some difficulty - if I was staying for dinner that night...

I have moved out two weeks before hand, little did they notice.


Penny Lane. - Oct 23, 2004 12:49 pm (#1862 of 2977) Reply

Going back a few posts... I should also be diagnosed with "Procrastination Syndrome" or whatever we decided to call it. I knew I had a presentation to give on Japanese Food for 3 weeks in my Food and Culture class. I kept putting it off to study for my French class or to do my Statistic Projects or to participate in Extra Credit Psychology studies or to work on our resident hall's Haunted House.

Also, I've watched a fair amount of scary movies in the past few weeks. Finally, I realized that it was due the next morning and got to work. Went to bed with it half done, planned to finish it in the morning (bad idea). Woke up late, went to class, told the teacher how my rabbit died over the weekend and I was too sad to work on it (this is true, btw) She gave me until Thursday. Wednesday night at 11:30 I found myself with the project barely started, research half done, and paper not written.

So what do I do? I work on the Haunted House, painting and papermachieing until 12, go back to my room and say "I'm going to do this" I sat down at my computer and started working on the PowerPoint stuff, which was required, and prompty I find myself distracted by AIM. I tell myself I'll chat while downloading pictures and writing the paper. Finally everyone I know signs off and it's 3ish. I actually get to work... I work until 4, 430 and my roommate comes home and starts talking about how she's sick or something.

Anyway, long story short, I didn't finish the project until 5 minutes before I had to give the presentation, and I still had to email the paper late. I also felt the need to take a "nap" so I slept for a bit. This isn't exactly an unusual occurrence either.

I don't have minesweeper on my computer. Does anyone know where I can get it for a mac?


Padfoot - Oct 23, 2004 3:00 pm (#1863 of 2977) Reply

Richard I am glad you found some better roommates. I didn't even know you had moved! Well if the Italians didn't know then I guess it is ok that I didn't know.

I love to procrastinate, it's a hobby of mine. My college dorm was always very clean. Oh well the homework got done eventually. I followed the Penny plan moreso than the Hermione plan.


Gina R Snape - Oct 23, 2004 5:08 pm (#1864 of 2977) Reply

Oh, Penny? See, that's one reason why you don't see me on AIM anymore!


Richard !!!Reid - Oct 23, 2004 5:38 pm (#1865 of 2977) Reply

Well, you should see my flat - it's a guys flat, so it's the MOST cleanest of places. In fact, my room is quite horrible...but on occasions...you can make out the bed is still in there.


timrew - Oct 23, 2004 5:46 pm (#1866 of 2977) Reply

Look, can we talk about procrastination in, say, a few weeks’ time?


Marie E. - Oct 23, 2004 5:52 pm (#1867 of 2977) Reply

Heehee, Tim.

I believe our first real concert was about 1980 and it was the Beach Boys. But Loverboy was our first concert without our mother. Can't believe she let a 13 year old and 11 year old go to a concert by themselves!

I went to see PoA again this afternoon. It's playing at our Super Saver Cinema. On the weekend movies are just $1.50, weekdays $1.00, and on Tuesdays $.50. The four of us got tickets, popcorn, sodas, and candy for under $20. Giggle moment: Sirius keeps yelling "Askaban" just in case you forget where he's been the last 12 years.


Gina R Snape - Oct 23, 2004 5:53 pm (#1868 of 2977) Reply

Maybe, Tim. I can't tell you just yet.


Denise P. - Oct 23, 2004 9:03 pm (#1869 of 2977) Reply

Okay, I think I probably win hands down for the most pathetic concert. The first time I ever went to a concert (and the only time until 1997) was when I was 17, between my Junior and Senior year in high school. I went to see John Denver with my parents. I didn't go to another concert again until 1997 when I went to see Jim Byrnes at some local bar in Baltimore and then in New Orleans. I have seen him several times since then but the last time I went to a concert was in 1999. I did plan to get tickets to see Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts when they were opening for the Pretenders in 2001 (planned to leave before the Pretenders came on stage) but TOFOG cancelled out since their lead singer was filming a movie (I think it was A Beautiful Mind but I am not sure). I really don't like concerts all that much, they usually sound terrible, it is hot and crowded and you can't hear a darn thing. Yep, I am a closet geek. Now....I can't think of anyone outside of Jim that I would actually pay money to go see. Well..I would go see the Grunts but they don't tour often.

Procrastination is my middle name!


Blast - Oct 23, 2004 9:39 pm (#1870 of 2977) Reply

First concert George Harrison with Ravi Shankar, best concert the original Who.


The giant squid - Oct 23, 2004 11:57 pm (#1871 of 2977) Reply

Tim, I'll have to get back to you on that one...

I was wondering when my Sister Dear was going to chime in on the concert question. Personally, I'm still trying to find a way to go back in time and kick my younger self in the tuchas for buying tickets to Huey Lewis & the News instead of Cheap Trick in '85. I'm sure Marie feels the same way about going to the Ratt/Poison show.



Gina R Snape - Oct 24, 2004 12:04 am (#1872 of 2977) Reply

Oh, Blast. I am jealous!

btw, I looooove Black Adder. Terrific avatar you've got there.


Elanor - Oct 24, 2004 8:32 am (#1873 of 2977) Reply

Hello everybody! I hope your Sunday is as bright and warm as mine is. Since yesterday, we have a kind of "indian summer" where I live (in Burgundy) which is delightful, even if it won't last long, I'm afraid!

I just wanted to tell you some great news that I learnt today: the master's thesis I wrote when I was a history student will be published! It was about the story of a general hospital at the end of the 17th century (the title is "The story of a rebirth"). The publisher is regional, rather small and I know only history enthusiasts will ever want to read it, but still: I'm so happy because it was a lot of work. It took me a whole year to classify the archives of that hospital, that no one had touched for 50 years, and decipher hundreds of 17th century papers! I never thought someone would want to publish it. Someone from the town council called me some weeks ago and told me he had heard about it and wanted to read it. I saw him this morning and he told me he showed it to that publisher who wants to publish it. It was a real surprise! I'm so pleased that I wanted to share it with you all!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!



Richard !!!Reid - Oct 24, 2004 8:42 am (#1874 of 2977) Reply

Ah...It's so refreshing, to be surrounded by a nice big bunch of procrastinators. I just keep telling everyone - it's not as if we are lazy, we just pace ourselves.


Flame Alligator - Oct 24, 2004 9:01 am (#1875 of 2977) Reply

Really big congrats Eleanor!!!

I have been to so many great concerts I can't remember my first. I was very young. My cousin took me to a TV Rock and Roll show when I was 5 in Detroit, Michigan. I had a great time even though we had to sit in the back. (segregation thing)

Have a good Sunday everyone.



Good Evans - Oct 24, 2004 9:37 am (#1876 of 2977) Reply

OK as you have all been really brave and confessed and Denise P I think your post was the one that made me feel really bad - my first concert was Barry Manilow at Blenheim Palace (couldn't bring myself to print in normal font) I told you it was embarrassing!!! I was 13 I think!!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 24, 2004 11:39 am (#1877 of 2977) Reply

Okay, I think I probably win hands down for the most pathetic concert . . . . . I went to see John Denver with my parents.-- Denise P.

Denise wins. Period.

I might suggest changing the subject to best/favorite concerts. (Unless we want to put that off for a while.) For me that would, hands down, go to Dave Matthews. Other than once when I was in grad school at UVa which does't really count as I frankly didn't give much of a hoot, I first saw him in 98 or 99 and was blown away and actually became a rather rabid fan because of the concert. I've been to 6 or 7 shows since. (Once I went to Farm Aid, saw Dave, and left.) If I was 21 or 22 again, I'd probably follow the band around. Alas. (I should also qualify my pick by confessing that I never managed to catch the Dead before Garcia died or Phish before the broke up or whatever.)


VeronikaG - Oct 24, 2004 12:12 pm (#1878 of 2977) Reply

Awful Norwegian words are in the mail Denise! :-)

I have been to two sort of concerts in my life. Both of them were with the Norwegian band D-Sound, a jazzy-pop group. They were "sort of" concerts because they were held outside, in the middle of town, and free. Everybody could come and listen. Besides, even if you didn't want to listen to them you'd still have to, because it's a seriously small town and those were seriously big loudspeakers.

BTW: One of D-Sounds biggest hits are a cover on "Down on the street". It's that kind of music. No rock there.


Pinky - Oct 24, 2004 12:24 pm (#1879 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations Elanor! That is really exciting. Be sure to get lots of copies for your (future? current?) children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren.... I highly treasure a book written by my grandfather. I've never actually read it (it's math), and it's been out of print a long time, and I'm quite sure very few people would jump at a chance to get it, but to me, it's special! I'm sure the same will hold true with your book. (Although, there's more of chance it will be read since your topic is much more interesting than math!)


Penny Lane. - Oct 24, 2004 12:25 pm (#1880 of 2977) Reply

I think the first concert I went to with my parents was either John Denver or "The Oak Ridge Boys" whom I believe had ONE hit "Elvira" or something. The first concert that I went to on my own in an actual venue was "The Smashing Pumkins" I believe. Before that I had seen "The Verve Pipe", "Sponge", and a slew of local bands at local outdoor free concerts.

Later in my youth I saw Kid Rock, Barenaked Ladies (one of THEE best concerts I have Ever been too, btw. The show is fun and upbeat and no one spits blood on you) Jay-Z's Tour of Hard Knocks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Tori Amos, Marilyn Manson (Huge Controversy - I only went because people were trying to ban it) Kiss, Lynard Synard (What was left) Green Day, Good Charlotte, and unfortunatly Uncle Craker. Oh and Toby Keith. A few times. I know there are a few others, but they apparently weren't good enough or bad enough to remember.

The one concert I wish I had seen and never (who were touring when I was alive) was Nirvana. If I had a time machine, I'd go back and see The Beatles, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan.


Gina R Snape - Oct 24, 2004 12:38 pm (#1881 of 2977) Reply

Oooh, I'm with ya there, Penny. I would have loved to see Nirvana and Janis Joplin. I wish I could go back in time to the late seventies and see Led Zepplin and the Stones at their peak, and some early punk brit bands from the Manchester and London scenes such as the Buzzcocks and Joy Division. And The Smiths early on too.

:goes back to doing homework:


I Am Used Vlad - Oct 24, 2004 12:49 pm (#1882 of 2977) Reply

I rarely go to concerts, but have seen The Eagles, my favorite band, three times. I also like to see Jimmy Buffett's shows. They're a lot of fun.

Sign me up for the Procrastinator's Club if anyone gets around to starting one.

To jump way back in posts, I love Murder by Death. It's a great movie.


legolas - Oct 24, 2004 12:57 pm (#1883 of 2977) Reply

Hey Gina when I first saw your avatar I thought that snape had a womans leg growing out of his chest. I was wondering if it was some strange magical accident. Then I realised that it was a lady in a backlass dress.


Good Evans - Oct 24, 2004 1:01 pm (#1884 of 2977) Reply

Me too legolas - it took some peering at it to work out what was what - lol


legolas - Oct 24, 2004 1:12 pm (#1885 of 2977) Reply

Accio Contact lenses. Its a nice picture though .


Gina R Snape - Oct 24, 2004 2:54 pm (#1886 of 2977) Reply

Heee. Funny, legolas!

A friend of mine snapped that picture at the Emmys. She lives across the street from the theatre and managed to get into the red carpet area (though she was not allowed to get close enough to interview the stars). Lucky gal, eh?


timrew - Oct 24, 2004 4:22 pm (#1887 of 2977) Reply

The cheapest concert I ever went to was way back in the seventies. It was Cream (Clapton, Baker and Bruce) supported by (the then unknown) Jethro Tull at Manchester University; and it cost six shillings (30 pence), or should I say about 50 cents.

Oh, and I seem to remember both bands were fairly good......


Accio Sirius - Oct 24, 2004 4:58 pm (#1888 of 2977) Reply

Gina, I could see Snape as a Joy Division fan. Can't you picture him humming "Love Will Tear Us Apart" down the corridors? I too would have loved to have seen Nirvan but also The Sex Pistols and the Ramones. The usual classics. I've watched The Last Waltz. Does that count for anything? Dave Grohl has a house near me. I've seen him at the Target store and ran into him at brunch once. I didn't feel so rock and roll with two screaming kids hanging on me. I did get to see The Beat Farmers before Country Dick Montana passed on. Not that they make the rock and roll hall of fame, but college radio fans may remember them. Okay. Secret confession. When I was in fifth grade, I loved John Denver. I still have a soft sport for the guy. He came to my college (WVU) to sing at half time when they opened the new stadium. They should not let musicians in small planes.

Loopy, I was close to following REM around on tour, but chose academic life instead. As far as really fun concerts, Bruce Springsteen always satisfies; They Might Be Giants are really fun. So is Cracker, although I think they might have gone back to being Camper Van Beethoven. Denise, I'm thinking the TOFOG thing isn't about the music! : ) I would go to watch Mr. Crowe too, however, I would have stayed for The Pretenders. Their first album is on my desert island top 10 list. (You know, you are stuck on a desert island and can somehow listen to music and can only have 10 albums (no compilations). What would you bring?)


Catherine - Oct 24, 2004 5:10 pm (#1889 of 2977) Reply

You know, you are stuck on a desert island and can somehow listen to music and can only have 10 albums (no compilations). What would you bring? --Accio Sirius

Well, Numbers 1-5 might be Harry Potter books on audio.

After that, it gets a little dicey. Hubby and I conferred, as we are (hopefully) stuck on this island together.

Who's Next--The Who

The Revolver--The Beatles

Synchronicity--The Police


Jagged Little Pill-Alannis Morrisette

If hubby were not on the island, I would include some different selections, but hey, you can't have everything.


Gina R Snape - Oct 24, 2004 5:12 pm (#1890 of 2977) Reply

Accio Sirius wrote: Gina, I could see Snape as a Joy Division fan. Can't you picture him humming "Love Will Tear Us Apart" down the corridors

Why yes I could! Heh, heh.


Denise P. - Oct 24, 2004 5:20 pm (#1891 of 2977) Reply

It certainly helps that Russell Crowe, the lead singer for TOFOG, is easy on the eyes. I do like their music a lot though.

10 things on a desert island...let me think on that one.


Julia.    - Oct 24, 2004 5:29 pm (#1892 of 2977) Reply

Hey everyone! I'm back from a most excellent weekend in New York.

Elanor, a great big mazel tov to you on having your paper published! I really could not be happier for you. It doesn't matter who'll read it, the point is that it's now available for those who want to.

Hmmmmm, concerts. Being that I was born in the middle of the 80s, I missed all the cool concerts. I've only been to one concert in my life time, and I'm sorry to say it was 98 Degrees during the hight of the boy band era. *hangs head in shame* I really wish I could have seen the Beatles, but alas, I was just a few years too late for that one. My next concert goal is to see Bon Jovi.

Let's see, I'm on a desert island and I can only have 10 albums...

Revolver--The Beatles
One Wild Night--Bon Jovi
Bounce--Bon Jovi
CoS Soundtrack--John Williams
PoA Soundtrack--John Williams
Drops of Jupitor--Train
The Times They Are A'Changin--Bob Dylan
Everything You Want--Vertical Horizon
Jewish Sacred Music--Some random Russian boys choir
Classic Disney Volume 1--The Disney people


DJ Evans - Oct 24, 2004 5:50 pm (#1893 of 2977) Reply

Penny: The one concert I wish I had seen and never (who were touring when I was alive) was Nirvana. (Post #1880)  Hmmmm, Penny? Is there something you're not telling us? hee hee

Well the only concert that I went to in the "rock" genre was The Who back in the late 70's. And though I enjoyed the heck out of it (they are my all time favorite group) I discovered concerts just weren't my "thing"!!! I did attend some country concerts, such as Willie Nelson, George Strait & Steve Wariner -- due to I was more "into" country toward the end of the 80's & the 90's. Now I'm just into a little bit of everything really, just depends on my mood. I can go from the Oldie Goldies to Hard/Acid Rock (from the 70's) then maybe include some Country & then lean toward stuff like Rick Wakeman's Criminal Record or Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Elanor -- How cool to have your own piece published?!?!?!? !!! Congrats BIG time!!!

Later, Deb


Penny Lane. - Oct 24, 2004 6:10 pm (#1894 of 2977) Reply

You know, that really didn't make much sense, did it?

Okay, rephrase time. The one concert that I could have seen and didn't was Nirvana. I really liked them, but my parents said to wait until I was at least 13 before heading off to rock concerts. (Apparently Rock concerts are more dangerous than country according to my parents - in my experience it's the country concerts that are full of drunk rowdy people handing off beer to minors.) Anyway, Kurt Cobain died or they stopped touring before I had a chance to go. *shakes head* Anyway, I've been to plenty of concerts, all of them different.

Congrats to Elanor! How I wish someone would publish me.


Prefect Marcus - Jul 30, 2006 3:57 am (#1895 of 2977) Reply

The one and only big name concert I ever went to was my college's homecoming concert. They had the Carpenters. The warm-up act was Steve Martin. Since it was a church-affiliated school, Steve Martin's humor was absolutely clean. He was hilarious.


Catherine - Oct 24, 2004 6:14 pm (#1896 of 2977) Reply

I read about Elanor's piece early in the a.m., and did not respond because of the whole pressing "mom" thing going on.

Now, let me remedy this lack!

Elanor, you wonderful lady, you are now PUBLISHED!

I am so very pleased for you, and wish to shake your hand, and present you with a most beautiful quill!

Please accept my most sincere congratulations, and my very best wishes for other published pieces.

**has George and Fred fireworks set off in Elanor's honor**

Keep up with the lovely teaching work, Elanor, and know that we are honored to receive the results of your research.


Leila 2X4B - Oct 24, 2004 6:23 pm (#1897 of 2977) Reply

Can I join the procrastination party? I have two mid-terms to do and finish rereading "Gulliver's Travels", but my desire seems to be at Fenway ... reading Harry Potter and the forum. Ah me...



Viola Intonada - Oct 24, 2004 6:56 pm (#1898 of 2977) Reply

Elanor, Congratulations!!!! What great news!

Denise, a procrastinator? I don't believe it!! Btw, Denise, are you translating the Promise into "Pig Latin", the all time favorite language of children?

Ah, the good old days. I became such a pro at using cleaning as my main procrastination tool that my roommates would ask me what test I have the next day when they would see me cleaning the bathroom. I never have broken the procrastination habit. It definitely never helped that I seemed to be able to concentrate much better on my studying once I had cleaned something. Ironically, the thing that I most procrastinate doing now is cleaning!!! But that is the life of a mostly stay at home mom.


Padfoot - Oct 24, 2004 7:59 pm (#1899 of 2977) Reply

I went to a potluck at my church tonight and it was all southern women. So now I have my old accent back. Mysterious how it comes and goes. Anyway, I am also in sugar shock over the sweet tea. I didn't taste any tea, just the sugar.


Eponine - Oct 24, 2004 8:21 pm (#1900 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot, my southern accent comes and goes too depending on who I'm around. I've had several people tell me I couldn't be from the south because I don't sound like it despite the fact that I spent the first 25 years of my life in TN, and the last one in NC. I'm also apparently not southern because I don't drink sweet tea (actually I don't drink tea period).

Procrastinating - I've been meaning to join in about it, but... When I was in college pulling all nighters writing papers, I would inevitably end up solitairing or something similar for hours to "think things through" instead of actually writing the dang thing. Then, about 4AM I would type like mad for an hour or two. It's not exactly the best way to do things, but I always claimed I did my best writing under pressure. I couldn't really tell you if I did, since that was the only way I ever did it.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 24, 2004 8:46 pm (#1901 of 2977) Reply

Hey, everyone.

Looks like I may be going to meet Chris Rankin on Wednesday. Has anybody got a burning question for him? (Besides 'what was it like to work with Alan Rickman', that is...).


legolas - Oct 24, 2004 11:50 pm (#1902 of 2977) Reply

Gina-Lucky friend being able to get onto the red carpet. Sounds pretty cool to me.

I live in an area which has one of the worst accents in the whole of Britain. The day I pick up the local accent will be when hell freezes over.

Denise-Its sounds familiar. Harry Potter or work. Difficult decision.


Elanor - Oct 25, 2004 1:04 am (#1903 of 2977) Reply

Hi everybody! Thank you so much for your kindness and lovely messages! It means a lot to me. Since I joined the forum I really feel I have found a great family here. Thanks again! (BTW, the fireworks were great: Fred and George on top form!)

BTW, speaking of the CD I would take on a desert island, I would choose John Williams soundtracks (HP and Star Wars), Sting, and all the U2 albums. I never saw Bono on stage, but it would be THE concert I'd wish to go! And (OK, this is more embarrasing) Franck Sinatra-Fred Waring Christmas album: I listen to it since I was a kid and still loves it!


Marè - Oct 25, 2004 1:16 am (#1904 of 2977) Reply

Oh too many posts. First things first: congratulations Elanor, getting your work published, even if it is in a small paper, is really cool. to actually hold something in your hands that you made, that is officially published for others to see... for a bunch of geeks like most people who hang around here (no offence ) you can’t get it much better than that. (Okay... book 6... but not much more)
I hope you get many positive reactions!

And then the unprounancable procrastinating (So missing my dictionary right now). I think we call it SOG-ging. Which stands for Study Evasive (Evading?) Behaviour (but then in another language...). It mostly manifests itself in exams week and can be recognised by the presence of lots of people playing boardgames in the kitchen and many very clean rooms.

Loopy Lupin Okay, I think I probably win hands down for the most pathetic concert . . . . . I went to see John Denver with my parents.-- Denise P. Denise wins. Period.

O no no, you don`t understand Loopy, John Denver is really very cool. (Camp, vintage whatever hip word is used to describe old things that are considered fashionable again.) They even made a record of Country Roads with a beat under it (disaster...). Although maybe that was a few years ago and he isn`t hip anymore. But be assured, as those things go in wave-movements, he will be again!

And as for my first concert, I saw Michael Jackson, the Dangerous tour, with my parents. Except I didn`t see much, because there were all these grown ups standing on their chairs around me (why bother getting a chair ticket if you`re going to stand on it anyway?) and I was twelve, small and just had the plaster removed from my legs, so I couldn`t stand longer than ten minutes and than had to sit down for a while. So yes that was a lovely concert... saw all kinds of backs...

Denise, I can`t remember if you needed more than one strange language, if you still want one I could mail you the translation in dutch.

And Catherine, weren`t you going to donate the recipe for pumpkin-mushroom soup in the recipe thread? I`m not sure if I remember it correctly, but if you have it, could you write it down? I would love to try and make it.

And as for me, it is sunny and windy (lots of wind) and my family is coming this thursday with more clothes and shoes and books (my mum couldn`t find my harry potter books, I probably packed them too well... so I continue my quest for the french version...) and I`m going to spend a long weekend doing all kinds of touristy things!
Looking forward to that!


The giant squid - Oct 25, 2004 1:38 am (#1905 of 2977) Reply

[...]and no one spits blood on you--Penny Lane

You say that like it's a bad thing...

Speaking of which, I'd have to say that the best concert I ever went to was Kiss' "Farewell Tour". You knew all the songs, they did all the "classic" concert bits (spitting blood, breathing fire, rocket-firing guitars). Plus, having Ted Nugent as an opening act was pretty cool too. Second to that would be the Godsmack/Metallica show my wife & I went to last March as a wedding gift to each other.

Top 10 Desert Island CDs, huh? Hmm...In no particular order:

Van Halen-The Best of Both Worlds
Queen-Greatest Hits Vol.s I, II, & III (haven't got IV yet)
Kiss-Double Platinum
Blue Man Group-Audio and The Complex

That's just from a quick perusal of my CD rack. Ask me again next week & it'll probably change. I'd come up with an official list but, well... "Hi, My name is Mike and I'm a procrastinator."

Elanor, that's great news! I was told a poem of mine was published a few years ago, but they wanted me to pay $60 (US) for a copy of the book, so I'm just taking their word for it.



septentrion - Oct 25, 2004 3:17 am (#1906 of 2977) Reply

Elanor, congrats ! It's just a fair reward for a hard work, and I easily imagine what it could be as I was a history student myself. Maybe you could send us a pic of your book when released ?

For the top ten CD's for desert island, PoA soundtrack for sure with LoTR soudtrack...already 4 CD's...I'm going to cheat : hubby has his own ten CD's and me my own ones some Midnight Oil albums, some Mozart (ah the requiem), ... Nah I can't stop at ten ! Let's say hubby has 5 CD and me 15 ? So I can go on with "war" of U2, a Sting greatest hits, Star Wars soundtrack, Daniel Balavoine (a french singer)...


Marè - Oct 25, 2004 4:21 am (#1907 of 2977) Reply

Sounds like hubby is getting no CD`s at all Sep. I hope he likes your choices too!


septentrion - Oct 25, 2004 5:00 am (#1908 of 2977) Reply

No he doesn't. And I don't completely like his choices too.


haymoni - Oct 25, 2004 6:16 am (#1909 of 2977) Reply

Gina - see if Chris Rankin got any more detail from Jo on being "redeemed" as Percy.

Hope you all had a good weekend. My Brownies came oh-so-close to beating the Eagles - great game to watch.

Started packing for Disney - my living room is a mess.

Gotta go! Have a great week, everyone!


VeronikaG - Oct 25, 2004 6:46 am (#1910 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations Elanor!! Being a writer is my big dream! I'm so jealous... in a good way!

Suddenly I understand why squid Mike has long hair! You think you could post your probably published poem here, so we can all see if it resembles the lyrics of some of those bands? Could you?


Catherine - Oct 25, 2004 7:16 am (#1911 of 2977) Reply

Happy Monday!

Brrr. It's gotten quite chilly here in Eastern NC in the last few days. I need to find my recipe for Pumpkin-Mushroom Soup like I promised Mare! Mmmm...soup....

We had such a nice weekend here. We went to the big Halloween party, and it was so much fun. The costumes were all so cute, and it was great to see the kids playing in them during daylight hours. Our hostess had hidden dozens of mini-pumpkins and gourds in the woods beside her house, and the kids all went hunting for their pumpkin. Once they got one, they got to decorate them with paint pens, which they really enjoyed. They even rented one of those huge inflatable "bouncy jumpy thingies" for the kids to play in, and that was a huge hit. Almost too much of a hit, as the kids didn't want to stop jumping in it to eat dinner! Afterward dinner, the kids sat on blankets and watched "The Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin" movie outside. There must have been at least 25 families there; it was a wonderful gathering.

We never had parties or cool costumes like those when I was a kid. So I'm glad I get to indulge my inner child now with my own children! Last night was our night to be the "Halloween Bandit" and "hit" our neighbors with candy and Halloween toys. It's so fun to make up a goody bag and ring the doorbell and run away. Once you've been "hit," it's your turn to do someone else. I think my husband enjoyed this as much as our girls did!

Now I've got to stay away from the evil Halloween candy Hubby bought. It's calling my name....

Hope everyone has a good start to their week.


Penny Lane. - Oct 25, 2004 7:18 am (#1912 of 2977) Reply

  Afterward dinner, the kids sat on blankets and watched "The Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin" movie outside.

I have a sudden urge to run to the video store, and rent Charlie Brown videos. I need something to watch while studying for my Stats exam tommorrow.

Signed by Penny "Stupid construction worker woke me up too early" Lane


Gina R Snape - Oct 25, 2004 7:24 am (#1913 of 2977) Reply

Good idea, haymoni. Thanks.


Phoenix song - Oct 25, 2004 7:30 am (#1914 of 2977) Reply

Hello all! I have been extremely overloaded and haven't been on the forum in a while. I've missed you all much and have missed so much!

Congratulations Elanor! I'm so pleased for you! I agree that you should get loads of copies to pass down to future generations. I think that it's wonderful to be a published author!

I've never played minesweeper, and don't think that I should even LOOK at it now. I've got a quite obsessive personality with these things. My husband got me to "try" Spider Solitaire once, and I was totally hooked for around 7 months. I would often spend HOURS playing while everyone else slept even though I KNEW that I had to be up and going in a short while. I ended up having to force myself to quit playing cold turkey so that I could sleep again. It was quite difficult to break that habit and I've determined that I should stay away from computer games in the future. Hopefully Jo is more moderate in her game playing so that we stand a good chance of buying HBP soon!

I wasn't allowed to go to concerts when I was living at home. My parents were quite freakish about it, actually. I was dying to go and see Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" concert, but despite my best temper tantrums, I wasn't allowed to go. By the time that I was living on my own I didn't really ever have the time/money/gumption to go to one. I did get to go to one concert, though. I went with my husband to see The Rolling Stones' "Voodoo Lounge" in New Orleans. We had a really good time there.

My 10 albums on a desert island would be a tough one. I know that 5 of them would have to be the HP books on CD by Stephen Fry. The sixth one would have to be The Beatles "1" album which has 27 of their #1 albums. I'm not sure about the other 4. If I had to share with my husband it would get pretty ugly. Other than the Beatles and The Stones, our tastes in music differ greatly. I'd want either some 80's music or some country, and he'd want the Grateful Dead. He was born in '73, but I'd swear that he missed out on the 80's entirely. He didn't even know who Paula Abdul was until American Idol became so popular!

Well, I must get productive! Have a good day!



Leila 2X4B - Oct 25, 2004 8:10 am (#1915 of 2977) Reply

My 10 albums on a desert island would definitely be:

Robert Palmer: Greatest Hits

Nine Inch Nails: All That Could Have Been (a live compliation)

Metallica: Garage Inc.

David Bowie: ChangesBowie(a greatest hits album)

Audioslave: Audioslave

Soundgarden: Down on the Upside

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog: Come Poop With Me

Pearl Jam: Ten

Marilyn Manson: Their First Album



Elanor - Oct 25, 2004 8:43 am (#1916 of 2977) Reply

Thanks again everybody! I will definitely keep a lot of copies the day it will be released! But there is still some work to do before that because there are around 200 pages in the thesis (without the appendix!) and they want me to shorten it a little (I wonder why... LOL!).

BTW, Mike, it would be great if you posted your poem here!

Catherine, your Halloween party sounds great, I wish we had the same ones here: kids must have a lot of fun then!

Phoenix song: I had the same problem with the Spider solitaire once. I used to play before working on the computer. I had to win 3 games in a row before starting to work, which took me a LOT of time... Who talked of procrastination... Well, I don't do that anymore, now I check the forum instead, then work a little, check the forum again...


Denise P. - Oct 25, 2004 9:43 am (#1917 of 2977) Reply

10 albums/CD's on a desert island (of course, this begs the question, how can we play them? Do we have unlimited batteries too?)

1. Sytx: Grand Illusion
2. Queen: A Kind of Magic
3. Fiddler on the Roof movie soundtrack
4. Cat Stevens Greatest Hits
5. The Sound of Music movie soundtrack
6-10. HP audio (and of course, really, to get all of the HP books eventually, I would have to ditch Cat Stevens and Sound of Music)


mike miller - Oct 25, 2004 9:45 am (#1918 of 2977) Reply

Miss a couple of days and 98 posts to read!

Congrats Elanor! Outstanding news.

I'd put this off, but I'm late already.... My first concert was the Eagles just before Hotel California was released. They played many older songs that would be dropped from the set once "Hotel" was released. Also played 8 or 10 Joe Walsh/James Gang tunes since he had recent joined the band. The concert lasted 3 1/2 hours with 6 encores. I would love to go back in time and see Jimi Hendrix play the Monteray Pop Festival. Jimi's the only performer I was never able to see that I really wanted to see.

Tim - perchance were you at Jimi's Isle of Wight show? You seem to have been able to catch your share of the classics!

I can't even think about only 10 CDs, it's too painful thinking about the one's I would have to leave behind.


Good Evans - Oct 25, 2004 10:36 am (#1919 of 2977) Reply

Hi Barbie - nice to see your cheerful avatar again! Mike - ooooh the Eagles - I can but wish.....

As for 10 CD's on a desert island -

Reckless -Bryan Adams Hysteria - Def Leppard Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen Automatic for the people - REM Dookie - Green Day Stars - Simly Red 51/50 - Van Halen Prisoner of Azkaban - Stephen Fry Goblet of Fire - Stephen Fry OOTP -Stephen Fry

I'll sacrifice the first two (PS and CoS) as I'd take the books!!!!!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 25, 2004 11:12 am (#1920 of 2977) Reply

Mmmm. CD's eh.

Dave Matthews-- The Central Park Concert

Queen Greatest Hits-- (Can't remember which "Volume # it is but the one with live versions of "Under Pressure" and "Tie Your Mother Down" at the end.)

Beastie Boys-- Paul's Boutique

Black Crowes- Southern Harmony and the Musical Companion

Led Zep IV

Lynyrd Skynyrd-- Gold & Platinum

Janis Joplin--Pearl

Pearl Jam-- Vs.

AC/DC-- Back In Black

Public Enemy-- Nation of Millions


Chemyst - Oct 25, 2004 11:48 am (#1921 of 2977) Reply

So I'm glad I get to indulge my inner child now with my own children! – Catherine   Yeah, no one ever told me how cool that is! Just a bunch of stuff about no sleep and diapers. So, Megfox, if you are out there, listen to Catherine!

Congrats Elanor!

For my desert island CD, I think I'd like something in a frequency that could discourage mosquitos from biting.


haymoni - Oct 25, 2004 11:53 am (#1922 of 2977) Reply

Yes, where is Megfox?

Loopy - I would have to have Back in Black as well.

I don't know what my other 9 would be - some Frank Sinatra, something from The Clash, some Motown.

Maybe I would do better with one of those K-tel albums that had all the hits on a 4 album set. (How old am I???)


Accio Sirius - Oct 25, 2004 11:59 am (#1923 of 2977) Reply

Congrats Elanor! That's wonderful news.
* *Hugs to Betty** Hope you are feeling better!

Catherine, Your Halloween party sounds like such fun! I'm envious. We have a parade down the main street in our neighborhood. It's funny because everyone is in the street and hardly anyone is on the sidewalk, so it's not a typical parade. We're up for best decorated yard this year, so keep your fingers crossed. We even have a dementor in the display!

I love seeing everyone's top 10 list. It's good to know that if we all got together, we could all provide some great tunes.

My list would include: The Pretenders first album; Psychedelic Furs first album; Nirvana Unplugged; Never Mind the Bullocks Here's the Sex Pistols; Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars by David Bowie; REM Green and Out of Time; New York, Lou Reed; The Best of the Velvet Underground and my latest favorite, Welcome Interstate Managers by Fountains of Wayne. But I'm like Mike--my list changes at least monthly!

Hope everybody's Monday is going well. My little guy is home with double ear infection and "junky" sounding lungs. We go back tomorrow to make sure it hasn't turned to pneumonia or anything. I need my own Madame Pomfrey here!


Padfoot - Oct 25, 2004 12:19 pm (#1924 of 2977) Reply
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To narrow down my top 10 cds would be hard, I have 19 Beatles albums (some of which are two disc sets). And then occasionally I like to listen to other music, most of which Tim has been lucky enough to see live. *Am so envious*

And speaking of envious, Gina you are one lucky woman! While Percy isn't my favorite HP character, I would still love to meet him. Well actually it's Chris Ranking you will be meeting, not Percy. I would love JKR's private home phone number, could you ask him for that please? Take pictures and let us know what Chris is like in person. If any other HP actors show up let us know that to. We are going to need an in depth report. Have fun!


Gina R Snape - Oct 25, 2004 12:31 pm (#1925 of 2977) Reply

Heh. I will do my best! And btw, mine will not be the only report. But I shall leave it at that...


Padfoot - Oct 25, 2004 1:21 pm (#1926 of 2977) Reply

I will be there in spirit. *makes mental note to move to NY to tag along with Gina & co. to these sorts of things*


The giant squid - Oct 25, 2004 2:11 pm (#1927 of 2977) Reply

Veronika & Elanor, thanks for the encouragement, but I'm not sure I want to funk up the board with my dubious writing skills. Besides, at this late stage in the game, I'm not even sure if I can remember which poem I submitted! If I get a few more requests I may dig it up after all, though.

Leila, it appears your CD collection bears a strong resemblance to mine. I knew there was a reason we got along.

I'm now as jealous of Mike Miller as I am of Timrew. Darn my parents for having me so late!



Gina R Snape - Oct 25, 2004 2:18 pm (#1928 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot, you are always welcome to come to NYC. I've got a futon that folds out...

btw, thought some might find it amusing to know that one of the people in charge of John Kerry's campaign PR is a Mr. Lockhart! Heh, heh. (Alas, first name is NOT Gilderoy...)


Detail Seeker - Oct 25, 2004 2:32 pm (#1929 of 2977) Reply

10 CD on an island? Mine would be:
Klaus Schulze - En-Trance
Allerseelen - Neuschwabenland
Saltatio Mortis - Tabernaculum
Von Thronstahl - E Pluribus unum
Ultravos - Lament
Dies Natalis - Vom Gedanken zur Erinnerung
Tangerine Dream - Cyclone
The Protagonist - A Rebours
Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe
A sampler of good german military music


mike miller - Oct 25, 2004 2:38 pm (#1930 of 2977) Reply

Mike (Giant Squid - truth be known)if the list of concerts I've been to were to be printed here it would take several pages. I had the fortune of attending Arizona State University (38,000 under-graduates) which made for a sell out for nearly any band touring at the time. Here a list of the artists I've seen at least 3 times:

Stevie Ray Vaughan (of course), Allman Brothers, Bad Company, Styx, Kansas, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and ZZ Top.

As you can guess, I steer clear of what would be classified as Pop and my Classis Rock beginnings sort of left me out of Punk and New Wave bands. If they played Rock & Roll during the mid 70's through the mid 80's, I've probably seen them.

EDIT - I guess you can tell I like music. I always travel with about 50 of my most favorite CDs. Cutting back to 10 would be just too hard.

EDIT - Wow Detail Seeker, I haven't heard the name Tangerine Dream in decades!


Leila 2X4B - Oct 25, 2004 2:44 pm (#1931 of 2977) Reply

My favorite concerts had to be: Nine Inch Nails 2 time, Metallica 3 times(before Stanger), Tool, and OzFest(2003) and Lollapaluza(2003). I really detest Incubus, but being able to watch Disturbed and Manson made it bearable. I went to the other fest for Audioslave.



Detail Seeker - Oct 25, 2004 3:07 pm (#1932 of 2977) Reply

Mike, Tangerine dream is still active - though only Edgar Froese is of the original line-up. He now works with his son. Music is still in the same style.


Leila 2X4B - Oct 25, 2004 3:24 pm (#1933 of 2977) Reply

I saw on the TV last night. Duran Duran has reunited with all of its original members and is releasing a new album: Astronaut. Great huh?



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 25, 2004 3:51 pm (#1934 of 2977) Reply

My ten albums....

The Clash--London Calling

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones--Let's Face It

Liam Clancy--Irish Troubadour

Jill Scott--Who Is Jill Scott?

Squeeze--Greatest Hits

The Go Go's--Greatest Hits

Bob Dylan--The Freewheelin Bob Dylan

The Nails (not to be confused with the Nine Inch Nails)--(The composite tape that my husband made years ago)

Peggy Lee--Spotlight on Peggy Lee, Great Ladies of Song

Robert Cray--Strong Persuader

The Jam--This is the Modern World: All Mod Cons

*This list is subject to change without notice.*


Catherine - Oct 25, 2004 4:00 pm (#1935 of 2977) Reply

I have just realized that I know more about the likes/dislikes of many Forum members than I do people I see in "regular life." I find myself reading the posts about music saying, "Ooh, yeah, that album; forgot about that one; gotta take that one!"

I'm sending some health charms to Accio Sirius' little one; hope the "junky" lungs clear up in time for a great Halloween. I'm so jealous that you've been motivated enough to decorate, and your Dementor sounds wonderful. **thinks about copying Accio Sirius!**

Chemyst, I hope your inner child has a great week. Mine is loving life so far!

Which brings me to an "issue." I was taken to task by a friend for allowing Hayley to be a bride for Halloween. Hayley, unlike Claire, is a real "girly-girl" and loves to play dress up, and loves clothes and anything "princessy." My friend said I should have encouraged her to choose something more "girl-power." Hayley chose the bride costume, and I let her have it, just like I let Claire have the hideous and weird astronaut costume when she was the same age. I think some adults need to grow up and get in touch with THEIR inner child, and not make such a huge issue out of something so minor.

There. Thanks for the venting venue, and I wish you all a great evening.

**off to make a dementor for my front porch, and salutes Accio Sirius!**

EDIT: waves to Kim who posted while I did!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 25, 2004 4:02 pm (#1936 of 2977) Reply

Hi Catherine!


Julia.    - Oct 25, 2004 5:08 pm (#1937 of 2977) Reply

Good for you Catherine. I tell you, some people are just weird. It sounds to me like you hit the nail right on the head, this person really needs to get in touch with their inner child. I once had a French teacher who suggested reading "The Little Prince" when this became an issue.

Well, I'm off to read The Dutchess of Malfi and Romeo and Juliet. See you guys latter!


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 25, 2004 6:31 pm (#1938 of 2977) Reply

G'day everyone! Haven't been around for a few days, I feel like I've got so much to catch up on!

Catherine, I think your friend should be reminded that Haley is her own person, with her own ideas and personality, even though she is just a little girl, she still knows what she likes. I was, and still am, a very girly girl, and loved dressing up in anything to do with brides & princesses etc that didn't stop me from growing into a strong woman.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week-end, I had Monday off from work, so mine was lovely! I stayed in bed late and watched PS with Elvis the cat, it was just divine Haven't been able to do something like that in ages.

My little almost one year old nephew, James, was christened on Sunday, he was such a good little boy, not crying at all! I love my little ones!

Well that's all for now, hope everyone is great


Chemyst - Oct 25, 2004 8:54 pm (#1939 of 2977) Reply

Nothing wrong with a bride costume. Maybe by the time your friend makes it to her own 50th wedding anniversary she'll have learned what real girl-power is.

Happy reading Julia. But I'm curious, which title are you procrastinating on by reading the other one first?


haymoni - Oct 25, 2004 9:10 pm (#1940 of 2977) Reply

Remember when we were giving Megfox advice on all the bizarro things that people will ask/tell her when she has her baby?

Did we forget to tell her that it NEVER stops???

Honestly, the nerve of someone to comment on a child's Halloween costume!!!

Ungrateful Son wants to be Captain Jack Sparrow (Where am I going to find thin dreds and a beard I can braid and bead???)

Daughter wants to be Cinderella...no, a dragon...no, a kitty. She has perfect hair to be Hermione - can't one of my children indulge me???

Of course we'll be Trick-or-Treating in Ft. Myers with my cousin's children, so on top of the suits, shorts, sunblock and extra clothes, I have to pack the Halloween costumes!!!

I don't know if the Slacker Mom in me is up to this trip.


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 25, 2004 9:20 pm (#1941 of 2977) Reply

We don't really celebrate Halloween here in Australia, it sounds like soooo much fun! Thus why I love fancy dress parties so much, it's our only chance to get dressed up in silly costumes


Julia.    - Oct 25, 2004 9:49 pm (#1942 of 2977) Reply

Haymoni, I'm not one of your children, but I will indulge you. I will be dressing up as Hermione for Halloween, minus the big hair. Sorry about that Becca, I hope you won't be too embarrassed running around with someone dressed in a Gryffindor uniform.

Chemyst, I'm procrastinating The Dutchess of Malfi. Romeo and Juliet is my favorite Shakespeare play (although Much Ado About Nothing is climbing up there) and I love to read it every chance I get. Besides, I'm rather confused with Duchess. I have on idea what in Merlin's name is going on.


haymoni - Oct 25, 2004 9:59 pm (#1943 of 2977) Reply

Thank you, Julia - it's nice to know someone out there cares.

In keeping with your chosen character, are you going to "Wingardium Leviosa" things or are you going to slap blonde boys?


Leila 2X4B - Oct 25, 2004 10:01 pm (#1944 of 2977) Reply

My daughter is going as Hermione too. She wants me to do McGonnagal, however I am nowhere near as strict. I wish I could quell her with a look.


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 25, 2004 11:07 pm (#1945 of 2977) Reply

Hey everyone! I just learnt how to get a picture, so I would like to introduce you all to me & my mum (from a looong time ago) it is my favorite picture of mum & I, so I thought I'd share it.


Penny Lane. - Oct 25, 2004 11:08 pm (#1946 of 2977) Reply

I am being forced into being a witch for my dorm's annual Haunted House. Later, I plan to dress up like Zombie Little Red Riding Hood (but I think I told ya'll that already.) I have a blue dress, a red hoodie, a hair crimper/frizzy thing and lots of make up. OH, and this picnic basket which i can hide "goodies". I'm excited. As for the witch costume, I bought one at a Halloween Store. Honestly, I couldn't believe some of the prices on masks and costumes.

I'm actually doing a statistics project for tomorrow. I have to finish a few worksheets and be ready to speak about ... something in math. *shudders* Also, we have a test. How many days until Christmas Break?

I'm fairly upset right now, as my college campus is about 2 1/2 hours from home, and the government is telling me that I have to go home to vote. On a Tuesday, when I have a French exam. Then they have the nerve to put out all these studies about how apathetic the 18-24 yr old age bracket is, and how they don't vote. Personally, I'd like to see if the canidates could find a way to vote in a center that is several hours from where they live, without a car. GRRR.


The giant squid - Oct 26, 2004 2:01 am (#1947 of 2977) Reply

Detail Seeker, the only name I recognized in your list was Tangerine Dream--but that's okay. I'm sure you had a few "Who?" moments with our lists.

Mike (the other one ), I couldn't have guessed you're a music fan...I mean, it's not like you've got a blues master as your avatar or anything.

Catherine, thank you for not giving in & letting your daughter dress up the way she wants to. I honestly can't think of any way letting her be a bride for Hallowe'en will damage her psyche, while refusing and dressing her up "the right way" definitely will. Some people's parents...

Daioma, nice pic. Despite the temptation, though, I'm not going to subject y'all with a picture of myself. Trust me, the squid avatar is better looking.



Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 26, 2004 3:47 am (#1948 of 2977) Reply

Hi all,

I Have been working too hard for far too long. Not having much luck with posting bits on the forum, by the time i have read the threads i like, i forget what i was going to add to it! Never mind.

My first time to a concert was to see Adam and the Ants, and from where we were sat, they were about the size of one too.

Other gigs.....Erasure, Hawkwind, Howard Jones. right i'm going to stop there, i didn't realise that my taste in music was that bad! Haven't seen anything for about 10 years so thats not too bad really!

I have decided to hand in my notice at work aswell. It is a lovely job too, Community Development Worker for families with preschool aged children living in deprived areas of town, where i live. Very stressful job, but imensly rewarding too. So i am now looking for something new in the new year that will fit in around my children. any ideas let me know.

We have been given a weather warning for the first time in ages too, nothing as bad as what some of you have recently experienced, but gales and rain at 70mph. not bad for uk!

Best wishes to you all.



Catherine - Oct 26, 2004 4:21 am (#1949 of 2977) Reply


You have all of my Slacker Mom sympathy. Packing, even to go on a cool vacation, is very stressful, and you are packing for everyone. Add Halloween costumes to the mix, and it gets crazy. I wish Son or Daughter would humor their Mom's need for HP costumes, alas earwax.

Claire was a wizard two years ago, and she still likes to wear her wizard hat outside to play. We've gotten some strange looks from our elderly neighbor!

Have a great Tuesday!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 26, 2004 5:36 am (#1950 of 2977) Reply

Hey Catherine, why don't you tell your neighbor that you tried to persuade Hayley to be an "Overly-Educated Stay-at-Home Mom" but she simply insisted on being just a bride. Said she didn't want to pigeon-hole herself.
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haymoni - Oct 26, 2004 6:00 am (#1951 of 2977) Reply

Hah! Good one, Lupin.

Daioma - love the picture.

Catherine - we Slacker Moms gotta stick together. Hubby borrowed a portable DVD player for the ride. I'll need it more than the kids.


ShelterGirl - Oct 26, 2004 6:30 am (#1952 of 2977) Reply

Ok, I finally narrowed down my own Desert Island list:

The Essential Johnny Cash

The Beatles: One

Benny Goodman Live at Carnegie Hall 1938

Bruce Springsteen: The River

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Red Kross: Third Eye

Duke Ellington: Ken Burns Jazz

Warren Zevon: whichever I grab first

Basher: The Best of Nick Lowe

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits


mollis - Oct 26, 2004 6:31 am (#1953 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 26, 2004 6:33 am

Well, hopefully you all haven't forgotten me by now. It has been several months since I've posted anything, or even checked in. My work had gotten so crazy I barely had time to sleep, let alone indulge myself with a Harry Potter fix. Thankfully work has slowed to a much more manageable pace (at least I am in town more than out of town!). I have tried to catch up on the chat the past couple days. Regrettably I had to hit "mark as read" to give myself a fighting shot at keeping up with a couple of threads, instead of just the chat. I hope you all are doing well and keeping out of trouble! I'll try and pop on again a bit later. It's rainy here today so I don't feel like working at all.

Oh, I forgot to add - my first concert was Michael Jackson. Mom and Dad took me and my older sister 3 hours away from our house to see the concert. It was the coolest thing ever! And as for the 10 CD's on a desert island - I'd cheat and bring my ipod!


Penny Lane. - Oct 26, 2004 6:54 am (#1954 of 2977) Reply

Is it against the rules to bring 10 mixed CD's? Or 10 mp3 CD's? How about I just bring my iPod?

For a real tough question with this group - what 10 pieces of literature would you bring?

EDIT: I just saw that mollis posted the same thing.


Ladybug220 - Oct 26, 2004 7:05 am (#1955 of 2977) Reply

Mollis - good to see you back.

I am now a North Carolina resident (well, I am going on my 3rd day here). I am glad that I managed to take a 2 week break between jobs. It made moving and settling in so much easier. I don't start the new job until Monday and I actually have time to do whatever I want. And, I will only be working one job!

As far as music on an island, There are at least 30 cd's that I would have to take with me, so I would buy an ipod and load it up like Mollis and Penny.

Literature would be the same way but I would have to have the Harry Potter series (I know that is a given on this board), and the leather bound copies of Janes Austen's novels - I have ones that have several of her stories in each book.


Catherine - Oct 26, 2004 7:55 am (#1956 of 2977) Reply

Hey Catherine, why don't you tell your neighbor that you tried to persuade Hayley to be an "Overly-Educated Stay-at-Home Mom" but she simply insisted on being just a bride. Said she didn't want to pigeon-hole herself. Lupin is Lupin

Hah! Good one, Kim. Regrettably, I was not so clever. Perhaps next time I'll just put Hayley in a hooded uniform and she can be a Dementor Policeman who patrols the Political Correctness beat and sucks the fun out of everything!

It was interesting to me that the person who had the "issue" with Hayley's costume has an advanced degree in the health field, and is a married, stay-at-home mom who has not worked outside the home since her husband started his medical practice!

People just need to mind their own business sometimes.

Ladybug, I hope you are enjoying NC!


haymoni - Oct 26, 2004 8:03 am (#1957 of 2977) Reply

Yes - "MYOB" is a great T-shirt slogan.

I am always caught off guard by people's rudeness. I stand there gawking at them. Afterwards, I come up will all kinds of clever things to say. I need to be quicker on the draw.

Also, I don't want to be rude in front of my children. However I find that I am a bit braver when it comes to someone doing something to them or to my husband than when it happens to me.


Marè - Oct 26, 2004 8:25 am (#1958 of 2977) Reply

Waves to Mollis, off course we haven`t forgotten about you! Nice to see your sunny flowers again.

And ten pieces of literature... I’m not even going to try, okay maybe I do: Five harry potters (and this time I bring them instead of thinking I can buy new ones at my destination, ...not... I am currently +/- 1000 km`s separated from my books snif snif) Jane Austens pride and prejudice and Emma. But I would take the battered version so I don`t have to watch out for sand and dirt and stuff. (Deserted island sounds a bit muddy to me) And for old times sake, three of my favourite childbooks, a trilogy that no-one of you has ever read so you'll just have to believe me when I say that they are good !


Phoenix song - Oct 26, 2004 8:34 am (#1959 of 2977) Reply

Hello everybody! Hope that we've all survived Monday fairly well and are experiencing a great Tuesday!

The 10 pieces of literature that we'd bring would be a more difficult decision. Of course, Harry Potter would be a given for books #1-5 (or 1-7 if they're all out by then.) For the other books I'd have to say The Bible, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Unfortunately, that would leave out The Hobbit, but sacrifices must be made.

Catherine, I can't believe the nerve of that woman trying to force you to force your daughter to live up to other people's feminist ideals. I agree with Chemyst that it takes real girl power to be a wife and mother. The great thing about your daughter is that she probably doesn't even consider her Halloween choice to be limited at all, she just wanted to be a bride. I don't see anything wrong with it at all.

Both of my girls wanted to be the princesses from Barbie and the Princess and the Pauper. Since one of them is blonde, and one is brunette, it's turning out quite well. They most assuredly don't consider that by picking out a "pretty, girly" costume that they are settling for anything less than anything (or anyone) else. They're thrilled! They also seem to think that it's quite great that they can carry around a fake magic "princess" wand with which to beat up their older brother. (Don't tell me that's not "girl power".)

I hate that the best "come backs" often arrive about 5 minutes too late. Maybe it's best that we're not able to "zing" people when we want, but it sure would feel satisfying at the time!

Have a great day everybody!


Julia.    - Oct 26, 2004 8:52 am (#1960 of 2977) Reply

Welcome back Mollis! Things are sure looking a lot greener now

Hmmm, 10 books eh, that's a very tough one. 1-5 is HP of course. I'd have to have my 'Complete works of Shakespeare' 'Shoeless Joe' by W.P. Kinsella, ummmm, I'd have to think about the other three...

Oh, I know it's not Halloween yet, but here's a preview...


mike miller - Oct 26, 2004 9:31 am (#1961 of 2977) Reply

Looks Good Julia! Please let Betty know that we care about her and that she's in out hearts and prayers.

I've been trying to round out my Dumbledore costume but I'm being frustrated by the robes. I have the tassle hat from PoA but all of the robes I can find are either over priced (+$90) or too cheezy. My old Dracula cape would work as well as anything I've seen. I do prefer the robes worn by Richard Harris to the Michael Gambon. I may have to find a tailor/seamtress and have it done right! Maybe next year.


Accio Sirius - Oct 26, 2004 9:41 am (#1962 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 26, 2004 9:42 am

I have a great Maleficent costume I wear for our parade. Brian, if he feels up to it, will be Woody from Toy Story and Emma has at least three costumes to pick from. She was going to be Hermoine, but now she wants to be something scary. I started arguing with her because I wanted her to be something cute, and then was horror struck when I remembered the same words coming out of my mother's mouth! That was my scary Halloween moment. So I'm with you Catherine, she can be whatever she wants. Thanks for the health charms. The doctor says he's on the mend, although he is still quite the sleepy boy and probably will miss all week of preschool, even the pumpkin patch! Sad

Good luck with the porch decorations! How could I go to a desert island without Johnny Cash? What was I thinking! I don't think I could take just 10. Great lists everybody.


Good Evans - Oct 26, 2004 11:28 am (#1963 of 2977) Reply

Detail Seeker

wow - Ultravox and Jean-Michele Jarre - I'd forgotten all about them. Loved Equinox and Oxygene, he has a new one out too called Air or Aria - something like that - he was on the radio plugging it the other week. And as for Ultravox - summer nights "dancing with tears in my eyes" memories, memories......


Elanor - Oct 26, 2004 12:08 pm (#1964 of 2977) Reply

Hello everyone!

10 books, that's difficult! May I cheat a bit? So, it would be:

- the HP boxed set (including the 7 books but counting as one!);

- the Lord of the Rings boxed set (ditto);

- John Howe- Myth and magic;

- Alexandre Dumas- The three Musketeers - 20 years later boxed set;

- Thimoty Zahn - The Thrawn trilogy;

- J.A. Michener - Centennial;

- Tsukasa Hôjô – City Hunter boxed set (ok, it doesn’t exist but it could, so the 18 volumes count as one as well… )

- Marcel Pagnol - La gloire de mon père;

- Michel Mourre - Dictionnaire encyclopédique d'histoire (boxed set);

- The Robert and Collins English-French dictionary if I want to read half of the books I brought with me!

OK, I cheated a lot, but I can't bring less!

PS: lovely scarf Julia!


Good Evans - Oct 26, 2004 1:25 pm (#1965 of 2977) Reply

10 books - now then :

The Stand - Stephen King

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Dead Famous - Ben Elton

Nemesis - Agatha Christie

The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein

books 1-5 HP series (of course)


Denise P. - Oct 26, 2004 1:50 pm (#1966 of 2977) Reply

Ten books....

1. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
2. The Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
3. Quad Combo (my set of religious scriptures...four in one book)
4. Centennial by James Mitchner
5. Compelete Works of Shakespeare
6-7. Compelete Works of Harry Potter (I assume we will eventually get 2 four in one sets)
8. Anne of Green Gables series in one book
9. Roots by Alex Haley
10. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien


Gina R Snape - Oct 26, 2004 2:13 pm (#1967 of 2977) Reply

Hey, Julia. Lookin' good as Hermione there!

I am seriously considering wearing my slytherin tie and jumper to tomorrow to class and work (and for meeting Chris Rankin) and am curious to see if anyone notices they are slytherin. When I've worn just the jumper, nobody has noticed it. Same with the scarf. And of course, nobody at school or in the library has noticed my Slytherin notepad. What is wrong with these people?!?! All these weird non-Potter people out there in the world makes me a little uneasy.


legolas - Oct 26, 2004 2:14 pm (#1968 of 2977) Reply

Bless. LOL


Leila 2X4B - Oct 26, 2004 3:24 pm (#1969 of 2977) Reply

My books are: 1. Complete works of Shakespeare.

2. Complete plays of Euripedes.

3. Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

4. Complete Douglas Adams Collection

5. Complete Works of J.K. Rowling 6. Complete Works of Chaucer

7. Stephen King's The Stand

8. LOTR Trilogy

9. Dante: Divine Comedy

10. Complete Works of Lemony Snicket


Chemyst - Oct 26, 2004 4:21 pm (#1970 of 2977) Reply

Maybe I'm not playing the game right, but my book list would include titles like:

A Field Guide To Edible Herbs on Desert Isles
Island Living for Dummies
1001 Uses for Coconut Palms -including pictures of how to construct nets, traps and snares
NAS Study Bible (has lots of supplemental history & maps)
The other five would be blank journals so I could start my own best-selling novel.

(...marketing it may be a problem)


timrew - Oct 26, 2004 4:24 pm (#1971 of 2977) Reply

LOL, Chemyst! How about '101 Ways to Cook Crab and Coconut'?

And don't base your novel on some guy that gets stranded on a desert island. Daniel Defoe did it years ago!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 26, 2004 4:34 pm (#1972 of 2977) Reply

Since I can come nowhere close to deciding what books and music to take I have decided I'm not going! :-)

...toddles off to other threads...


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 26, 2004 5:00 pm (#1973 of 2977) Reply

I'm with you TBE, I couldn't possibly choose, I have wardrobes as well as bookshelves full of books, they range from trashy romance for lying on the beach, to thriller for on a cold winters night, to autobiographies for whenever the mood takes me, to Harry Potter for.... as often as possible!

I hope you are all well, I'm getting very jealous hearing about all of your Halloween preparations, as I said earlier, we don't celebrate it,and it sounds like soooo much fun!

Well, I'd better go and at least look like I'm doing some work, I'll check in on you all again a little later *waves bye bye*


Padfoot - Oct 26, 2004 5:36 pm (#1974 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Oct 26, 2004 5:37 pm

Ok here is my fiction top ten book list:. As you can see some on my list are collected works and not just one book.
1. The complete set of HP books (including HbP and Book 7), JK Rowling
2. The Chronicals of Narnia, CS Lewis
3. The Complete Sherlock Homes, A. Conan Doyle
4. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
5. The Princess Bride, William Goldman
6. The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie
7. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
8. Without Remorse, Tom Clancy
9. Dave Barry's Guide to Life, Dave Barry
10. The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum


Pinky - Oct 26, 2004 5:40 pm (#1975 of 2977) Reply

Well, there are only so many deserted islands in the world, so there's a good chance I'll end up on one that already has one of you on it! So I'll just read your books and listen to your music.


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 26, 2004 5:45 pm (#1976 of 2977) Reply

Hahaha, Pinky that's a fabulous idea!


Leila 2X4B - Oct 26, 2004 5:50 pm (#1977 of 2977) Reply

What about the top ten movies?

Mine would be:

1. Silence of the Lambs

2. Nightmare on Elm St. 3

3. Sleeping Beauty (Disney)

4. Red Dragon

5. Dogma

6. Hamlet (Zeferelli)

7. Red Dwarf Collection

8. Spaceballs

9. Lethal Weapon Quadrilogy

10. Titus.

Can't I just take Anthony Hopkins instead?


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 26, 2004 6:08 pm (#1978 of 2977) Reply

my movie selection is going to show my soppy romantic side!

1. Grease (my brothers ending up habitually hiding the tape when I was a kid)

2. The Godfather Trilogy

3. When A Man Loves A Woman

4. Steel Magnolias

5. The Color Purple

6. Saturday Night Fever

7. Phenomenon

8. La Bella Vita

9. Breakfast At Tiffanys

10. Mask (with Cher not Jim Carrey)


Prefect Marcus - Oct 26, 2004 6:17 pm (#1979 of 2977) Reply

Top ten movies:

(1.) Father Goose
(2.) The Trouble with Angels
(3.) Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
(4.) Texas Across the River
(5.) A Man for All Seasons
(6.) Persuasion (Amanda Root)
(7.) Pride and Prejudice (A&E/BBC)
(8.) Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson)
(9.) Sleepless in Seattle
(10.) Chariots of Fire


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 26, 2004 6:26 pm (#1980 of 2977) Reply

ooo Sleepless In Seattle, I love that too! And The Green Mile, and Forest Gump, oh and Michael, I forgot to put that in my first list, actually anything that has John Travolta, I've loved him for as long as I can remember


Julia.    - Oct 26, 2004 6:49 pm (#1981 of 2977) Reply

Hmmmmmm, movies

1.) Pride of the Yankees
2.) Bull Durham
3.) Star Wars trilogy
4.) The Producers
5.) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
6.) Mulan
7.) Dogma
8.) Cinderella (for the romantic in me )
9.) Much Ado About Nothing
10.) Apollo 13


Leila 2X4B - Oct 26, 2004 6:51 pm (#1982 of 2977) Reply

Notice that no one has mentioned a HP flick.


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 26, 2004 6:55 pm (#1983 of 2977) Reply

I like them, but IMO they are nothing compared to the books, therefore I can't say they are a favorite because I was disappointed. That said, I still own them on DVD


Penny Lane. - Oct 26, 2004 7:15 pm (#1984 of 2977) Reply

Top Ten Books:

1.) Norton's Anthology of American Literature - Combined Edition
2.) Norton's Anthology of British Lit - Combined Edition
3.) Stephen King's "The Stand"
4.) John Grisham's "The Rainmaker"
5 - 6) I'm also hoping that there will be a combined HP collection
7.) The Hobbit
8.) The Time Machine
9.) The Princess Bride
10.) I think I would just pick the last one at random from either Stephen King, Grisham, or Kerouac

Top Ten DVD"s

1) Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 2-6
2.) Moulin Rouge
3.) O Brother Where Art Thou
4.) The Family Guy DVD's
5.) Law and Order SVU DVD's
6.) Zoolander
7.) Trouble With Angels - it's a 1960's Hallie Mills Movie that i've just loved since I was ..well as long as I can remember.
8.) Casablanca
9.) Newsies
10.) Love Actually


Phoenix song - Oct 26, 2004 7:33 pm (#1985 of 2977) Reply

Daioma: Maybe you should start your own Halloween tradition? Sure, the neighbors may look at you a little strange when you knock on their door and ask for candy, but when they see how much fun your having they'll want to join in next year!

Top 10 DVD's huh?
l. Friends Seasons 1-7 (Only because 8-10 aren't available yet.)
2. Sex and the City Seasons 1-6
3. Matrix Trilogy
4. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
5. Bridget Jones' Diary
6. There's Something (More) about Mary-extended special edition
7. American Pie trilogy
8. Under the Tuscan Sun
9. The Breakfast Club
10. Pretty Woman

Okay, I know that I cheated with the box editions, but I wasn't the only one!

Have a good night!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 26, 2004 7:46 pm (#1986 of 2977) Reply

Maybe I'm not playing the game right, but my book list would include titles like: ---Chemyst

I can spot a survivor when I see one. If there's still room left, I'm getting in whichever lifeboat has Chemyst in it. Chances are, Denise will be in that one too. By the time they're finished, not only will their island be thriving, it'll have a Gross National Product.


Leila 2X4B - Oct 26, 2004 7:51 pm (#1987 of 2977) Reply

Maybe I'm not playing the game right, but my book list would include titles like: ---Chemyst

Are you kidding? Life without books is equivalent to death. Give me Shakespeare and I will take a chance with bony fish and coconut milk.


Gina R Snape - Oct 26, 2004 7:57 pm (#1988 of 2977) Reply

I'm with you, Lupin is Lupin!


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 26, 2004 8:28 pm (#1989 of 2977) Reply

Phoenix Song, that sounds like a pretty good idea, although rather than trick or treating, I should maybe just start by having a Halloween party, and then all my family & friends have to dress up. I think maybe that's definitely something to organise for next year.


I Am Used Vlad - Oct 26, 2004 8:30 pm (#1990 of 2977) Reply

If I were stranded on an island, my wish list would be:

Books: Harry Potter I-VII, by JK Rowling( I refuse to go anywhere near a deserted island until the series is completed); The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; The Ultimate Hitchhicker's Guide, by Douglas Adams; and Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card.

Music: The Eagles' 6 albums; Songs You Know By Heart, by Jimmy Buffett; The Wall, by Pink Floyd; Sergeant Pepper's, by The Beatles; and Bat Out Of Hell, by Meat Loaf.

Movies: The only movie I would need is The General, starring my avatar, Buster Keaton.


DJ Evans - Oct 26, 2004 8:34 pm (#1991 of 2977) Reply

Daioma -- Hey, have your "own" Halloween and start a new tradition over there!!!

Hmmm, music? Gosh, I wouldn't even know where to start. I just know that I'd make sure that I had one of:
1. George Strait's Greatest Hits
2. HP Soundtrack to CoS
3. Martina McBride's Greatest Hits
4. Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits
5. The Who: Tommy
6. The Who: Who's Next
7. Anything by Gino Vannelli
8. Motown's Greatest Hits
9. Rick Wakeman: Criminal Record
10. And last something by either The Mama's & The Papa's or Trace Atkins

Books? Gosh, there is no way I could ever decide on just ten there. First off, just like everyone else on this forum, the entire HP series would have to be included!!! Then I would want to have something in the Comedy genre such as something either by Erma Bombeck or Garrison Keillor. I guess next I would like to have some of my mushy romance novels. And last but not least as it was mentioned earlier, something along the lines of "Survival for Dummies"?

Movies!! This is a bit easier but not by much!!!

1. Desk Set (Kate Hepburn/Spencer Tracey)
2. Clue
3. Any of the old mystery movies with Margaret Rutherford in them
4. And there is another old murder/mystery series with an actress that right now for the life of me I can't think of her name, but any of her's.
5. Rose Red
6. Monsters, Inc.
7. LotR's triology (extended versions of course)
8. Any old Red Skelton murder/mystery movie
9. White Christmas
10. Independence Day

Whew!!! I know just as soon as I post this I'll re-read my choices and think "Oh NO, I forgot so-so or why did I choose that one?" hee hee Anyway, that's what I would go with right now. Who's to say what it would read like tomorrow or the next day.

Later, Deb

P.S. I took so long in making my decisions there & posting it all, that I see where Barbie & I came up with the same idea for Daioma to start her own tradition of Halloween!!!!


Julia.    - Oct 26, 2004 8:39 pm (#1992 of 2977) Reply

Books, movies and music? This is some deserted Island we're living on.


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 26, 2004 8:45 pm (#1993 of 2977) Reply

I, like Dobby will have to iron my hands or hit my head with a big lamp, lately I have not been keeping up with all the threads as a good Potterite should. I went looking for the link to the Fiction Forum and couldn't find it, is it me? or is it lost?


DJ Evans - Oct 26, 2004 8:46 pm (#1994 of 2977) Reply

Julia -- hee hee You know when you think about it, if we're on a deserted Island either we're going to have the world's longest extension cord or the world's longest lasting batteries!!!! Or how else would we get to watch the movies or listen to our tunes?

Later, Deb


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 26, 2004 8:48 pm (#1995 of 2977) Reply

Maybe one of us will be bright enough to come up with some sort of solar powered portable DVD & CD player???


Denise P. - Oct 26, 2004 10:26 pm (#1996 of 2977) Reply

So I guess on our island, we are going to be challenged like the Professor. We will be able to build radios to hear but not send things out of coconuts, have batteries for our CD/DVD players that will never run out but we are gonna be stranded there forever.

And for the record, let me state, if any of my fellow strand-ee's on the island borrow one of my books and breaks the spine/dog ears a page....the island will be a bit less crowded tomorrow when I get the book back

My husband does that, I learned quickly that if I lend him a book, I just give up and go get another copy for me. The poor man actually had to wait for the paperback of OoP to come out because I refused to lend him my hardback copy of it.


Leila 2X4B - Oct 26, 2004 10:27 pm (#1997 of 2977) Reply

I agree Denise P. That is a cardinal sin for sure. My books are sacred.


Elanor - Oct 26, 2004 11:10 pm (#1998 of 2977) Reply

Mine too! I can lend my car, my DVDs or my watch, no problem! But my books...

10 movies? It is easier:

1 - The Star wars trilogy

2 - The LotR trilogy (extended versions too of course)

3 – Babette’s feast

4 - Out of Africa

5 - The Miyazaki complete set (including My neighbour Totoro and Porco Rosso)

6 - The straight story - David Lynch

7 - The Indiana Jones trilogy

8 - Friends (all the seasons)

9 - Some like it hot

10 - Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain - Jean-Pierre Jeunet


The giant squid - Oct 27, 2004 12:08 am (#1999 of 2977) Reply

Wow, I started to twitch when the book thing came up, but when I started trying to narrow it down to 10 movies I nearly had an epileptic fit! I think I still have a tic in my left eye.

I have to concede defeat on these, I just can't whittle it down. I mean, I have over 40 Heinlein books alone...throw in JKR, SPider Robinson and ol' Bill Shakespeare and there's just no way I can cull it any further. Movies are the same--Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings. There's 12 right there. I'd have to throw in Ferris Beuller's Day Off, Major League and all of Kevin Smith's movies as well.

Too...much... Can't decide... head explodes


Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 27, 2004 12:19 am (#2000 of 2977) Reply

It's alright Squid, as long as you say we can come and live with you on the island, then you can bring all of your favorites

Woohoo, I just realised I'm #2000
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VeronikaG - Oct 27, 2004 1:43 am (#2001 of 2977) Reply

You know when you think about it, if we're on a deserted Island either we're going to have the world's longest extension cord or the world's longest lasting batteries!!!! Or how else would we get to watch the movies or listen to our tunes? -DJ Evans.

Maybe we can borrow that long magic rope they have at st. Mungo's? I seem to remember it was stretched across an ocean once, and it could transfer pretty much anything. Perhaps it magically works with radiowaves as well.

OK, back to the "real" world. I missed post 2000 by one. Sniff!

It's too hard for me picking 10 fav CD's. I mostly own tapes (BLUSH!) with music I recorded from radio a long time ago. My radio is on constantly, so I get tired of the songs soon enough. I guess I'd show up with 10 self-composed CD's, that would most certainly have songs by REM, BeeGees, A-ha(!), Queen and ABBA on them (I'm heavy on the retro), plus some miscellaneous rock and 70's/80's. Probably some of the totally not understandable, but yet catchy songs by O-Zone too, just to have some new music.

10 books... Oh dear.

And Mike... come on! You have painted such a picture of yourself that you can't possibly look worse than we imagine. I'm planning to let you all see how "nice" I looked at 15, with acne, red hair, mascara in my eyebrows and all... Don't be a chicken.


Fawkes Forever - Oct 27, 2004 4:47 am (#2002 of 2977) Reply

Hey Guys, just popping in to see how you all are.

Been incredibly busy at work *grumble grumble*... but hey, I'll leave that for the next meeting of 'Procrastinators Anonymous'

Veronika.. 'I'm planning to let you all see how "nice" I looked at 15, with acne, red hair, mascara in my eyebrows and all'

LOL... Methinks you're being a little too harsh on yourself. I'm intrigued by the mascara in the eyebrows however As for myself at 15... actually not too unsimilar to the pic of Hermione in my avatar.. well, perhaps not quite so pretty as Hermione.... (not at all really), but same school uniform, same hair colour & texture... however I mostly tied it up to disguise it's bushy tendancies

As for my first concert... t'was an Irish band called 'the Four of Us'. I was 13 & my big sister was forced to take me with her... she was not amused I remember the lead singer used my pen to sign autographs (it wasn't a big venue), & he returned the pen to me... *sigh*, I never used that pen again.... needless to say I haven't a clue where it is now!

I did get to see BoyZone (Irish boy band, very big in the 90's, post 'Take That' & predecessor to 'WestLife'), before they where famous. It was a free concert I may add, & they got booed off the stage! Hee hee! My first proper concert was REM in 1995, at Slane Castle (huge rock festival venue in Ireland). I also got to see U2 play there in their homecoming tour in 2001... now that was a great concert. I nearly got to see Nirvana... but I had exams around the same time... (A-levels or GCSE's I don't remember which), so I couldn't go Oh well!

As for my desert island records, books & movies... couldn't possibly choose... they're all my babies... don't make me choose! *clutches books, dvds & cds close to chest*

Gina... good luck meeting Chris today (if you haven't already), ask him if he knows what happened to Penelope Oh & the redemption question... what does he know

Now back to work.... The Met Office has given us severe weather warning today... flash flooding & gale force winds... so it should be an interesting 48 hours. Hmm, I wonder will we get home from work early well... I can dream! Ta Ta For Now!


Catherine - Oct 27, 2004 5:09 am (#2003 of 2977) Reply

Well, the lifeboat may be rather crowded by now, but I'd love to say, "Budge up" to Chemyst, Denise, Kim, and Gina. I'd bet on that group for survival, assuming that no one dog-ears one of Denise's books!

I actually am extremely protective of my books, and I don't share well with others. When OoP came out, even though I read very fast, I bought two copies; one for me, and one for hubby and the girls. Then I could reread at my leisure while hubby poked along.

I have a feeling that I wouldn't have too much time to read if I land in the same boat with Chemyst and Denise. Denise will probably have me hunting coconuts and weaving thatch roofs all day; and Chemyst will probably have me haul water for cooking. So I won't worry about picking only ten books or movies just yet.


Pinky - Oct 27, 2004 5:20 am (#2004 of 2977) Reply

Post 2004!!!! The link for the FanFiction Forum is still up. It's in the 3rd section from the top titled "=+=+= WWW Locations Not on This Lexicon Forum =+=+=". The link is: http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX?1@@.1ddb941c


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 27, 2004 5:30 am (#2005 of 2977) Reply

I have a feeling that I wouldn't have too much time to read if I land in the same boat with Chemyst and Denise. Denise will probably have me hunting coconuts and weaving thatch roofs all day; and Chemyst will probably have me haul water for cooking. So I won't worry about picking only ten books or movies just yet.---Catherine

Poor Catherine. And I'll be much too busy building tiger traps to be of any help to you. ***wonders what Catherine will do without someone to refresh her iced tea***


Leprechaun Jack! - Oct 27, 2004 5:41 am (#2006 of 2977) Reply

After reading everyone else's lists. I've decided I'll just swim back and forth to your islands and borrow from you guys. Everyone has something that I would want to read, watch, or listen to and it is far too hard for me to decide what I would want to take.

I'm beginning to think some people around here are taking "Evil question lessons" from Liz Mann.

When the "Which book would you take" question first appeared I remembered that old Twilight Zone episode with Burgess Meridth where he survives a nuclear attack and finally gets to read all the books he wants. Sitting on the ruins of the NY Public library he stacks all the books by how he wants to read them and then drops his glasses and they break.

That's probably what would happen to me!



Chemyst - Oct 27, 2004 6:32 am (#2007 of 2977) Reply

On the Crookshanks thread, Prefect Marcus wrote: Oh my goodness. I am fifty on the twenty-seventh of this month.

So Happy 50th Birthday.


Catherine - Oct 27, 2004 6:37 am (#2008 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Marcus!

It's not every day that your young man turns 50!

**hands Marcus a nifty gardening tool called a Pansy Potter.**

Enjoy the next half-century.


septentrion - Oct 27, 2004 6:38 am (#2009 of 2977) Reply

my ten books ? HP of course, all Tolkien and not only the LoTR, the Dune cycle, the Bible and some good thrillers...

about movies : PoA, the LoTR trilogy, Chicago, all the X-files seasons, the Stars Wars trilogy, Amélie Poulain, les demoiselles de Rochefort, Kill Bill, Shrek and Spiderman...a bonus maybe : bringing up baby, some like it hot...

Should be working...am I a procrastinator too ?

edit : happy birthday Marcus !


Julia.    - Oct 27, 2004 6:54 am (#2010 of 2977) Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARCUS!!! Have a butterbeer on me. *hands Marcus butterbeer* I hope you have an amazing day and an awesome year.


Fawkes Forever - Oct 27, 2004 6:58 am (#2011 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Marcus


mike miller - Oct 27, 2004 7:02 am (#2012 of 2977) Reply

Let me join the chorus - Happy Birthday Marcus!!!!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 27, 2004 7:06 am (#2013 of 2977) Reply

Of course, I must join in this meself: Happy Birthday Marcus!


VeronikaG - Oct 27, 2004 7:07 am (#2014 of 2977) Reply

Happy B-day to Marcus!!

OK, people. This avatar will NOT stay up for very long, so enjoy Veronika aged 15. I did not have as bad teeth as that pic gives me credit for, those are my infamous braces. My hair looks more brown here, but I assure you all, it was red. My face on the other hand is redder than usual in this picture, because I've been laughing for a long time. They were tickling me, if I remember correctly.


Leila 2X4B - Oct 27, 2004 7:14 am (#2015 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Marcus.

I would give you a Pansy Potter, but J.K.R. called dibs on it.



Phoenix song - Oct 27, 2004 7:33 am (#2016 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Marcus! I'm surprised that you're 50. I'd have thought you were MUCH younger until you posted recently about your daughters. Hope that you have a great day!

I think that we should all just bow to the inevitable and colonize our own island. It could be our own little individual Potter island. As far as batteries and electrical cords go...maybe we can all put our collective minds together and come up with some alternative energy sources. (Assuming that none of us are able to do an effective "Enervate" spell.)

It's good to know that there are some "survivors" amongst the group. It never would have occurred to me to have been practical. I was just so thrilled at the idea of living on an island miles away from responsibilities that I didn't stop to consider the LIVING aspect of it all.

Daioma, when you have your Halloween party next year, be sure to send me an e-mail. I've come across several easy "Halloween-ish" recipes for people who throw Halloween parties. I've never had one myself, we always just get together with a bon-fire, marshmallows, and hot dogs. But there are lots of people who go all out! I'm sure that your friends would have a great time!

Julia: You're going to make a great Hermione! That seems like so much fun! I'm just too lazy to go all out for Halloween, but I always see how much fun everybody else is having. Maybe I'll just wrap a balaclava around my head, put on my husband's dark navy bath robe (as a stand in for the Hogwarts robe) and go as Marietta Edgecombe.

Have a good day!


  Ladybug220 - Oct 27, 2004 8:01 am (#2017 of 2977)

Happy Birthday Marcus!!


  Prefect Marcus - Oct 27, 2004 9:58 am (#2018 of 2977)

Thanks all for the birthday wishes. :-)

I love your gift, Catherine. It will come in handy later on.

Denise, I agree about the books. Books are not to be marred. I can't even mark my scriptures without going through personal trauma. :-)


  Gina R Snape  - Oct 27, 2004 10:20 am (#2019 of 2977)

Happy birthday, Marcus!

Fawkes--yes, I am going to meet Chris today and I will keep those questions in mind.

Now, for everyone's amusement here is a little cartoon with a list of funny answers. Harry asks Dumbledore why does Snape hate him so much?. Heeeee.


  Prefect Marcus - Oct 27, 2004 10:25 am (#2020 of 2977)

LOL! Gina.

I especially love the winner.


  Gina R Snape  - Oct 27, 2004 10:59 am (#2021 of 2977)

Heh, yeah. But definitely that did NOT happen

So, anyway, I was at Uni today and I had to share with you all that literally NO ONE caught on that I was wearing slytherin gear! (I wore black trousers, white shirt and slytherin tie and jumper). Even the department's Adminstrative Sec'y, who proports to be a fan and a Gryffindor, did not recognise me wearing the Slytherin colours!

Since I am wearing a tie, a lot of people just thought I was trying to be Annie Hall. Can you imagine?!

Stupid muggles.


  Ladybug220 - Oct 27, 2004 11:06 am (#2022 of 2977)

well, the muggles are just not up to looking for magic Gina. But, that cartoon was hilarious!!


  mollis - Oct 27, 2004 11:09 am (#2023 of 2977)

Very funny Gina! Creative people.

Happy Birthday Marcus! I hope that you get to do something fun on your big day!

My birthday was last Saturday and I got to shop the whole day. It was great! Until I got so tired that I just wanted to take a nap. That was likely because of the little birthday present I found out about the week before. My husband and I are expecting our first baby next May or June! We are thrilled, scared, excited and anxious all at once. Makes for an interesting day when you combine all of my other symptoms in there.

As for the books/movies on a deserted island thread...I just don't think I could narrow it down. Although if I was going to be stranded now, I guess a "How to deliver a baby for Dummies" would be a good idea!

I hope you all are having a good Wednesday - it's almost Friday! I was glad to see that I hadn't been completely forgotten. It feels like forever. A big hello to everybody that's new since I was last here. I look forward to getting to know you all!


  Catherine- Oct 27, 2004 11:11 am (#2024 of 2977)

Awww, Gina! Don't let the Muggles get you down. They don't never see nuffink, do they?

The "problem" is that you are just so VERY Slytherin! Yes, you have successfully flown under the radar and have become quite adept in stealthy tactics.

Well done.

EDIT: mollis, congratulations! What wonderful news for you and Mr. mollis.  Take care and get your rest, and happy belated birthday.


Accio Sirius   Oct 27, 2004 11:12 am (#2025 of 2977)

Happy Birthday Marcus!
****sends butter beers all around****


  Kip Carter - Oct 27, 2004 11:17 am (#2026 of 2977)

Happy Birthday, Prefect Marcus!

You have been around since the inception of our Lexicon Forum.
Many do not understand your sarcastic humor, nor your ways.
You have always seem to be around and add to the decorum.
Then again we grandfathers who like Harry just enjoy our days!

You may not always be right, but you are seldom wrong.
Some of your ideas are way-out and seem to push reality.
One of your previous avatars showed a smiling man strong.
It may not be much, but it's all I can add to this frivolity.

The meter may be way off with less than two minutes to bark.
I may not have the skills of the revered Prefect of the West
And may be the worse to ever grace these Forum threads, Mark!
But I, like you, enjoy logic, originality, and pulling a few legs best.

Happy Birthday!


Elanor   - Oct 27, 2004 11:39 am (#2027 of 2977)

Wow! Nice poem Kip! I can't do that but I can wish you a wonderful birthday Prefect Marcus: Joyeux anniversaire et beaucoup de bonheur (Happy birthday, I wish you the best)!

A belated happy birthday to mollis too,and congratulations!

Gina: I understand what you feel: I have a Hogwarts crest on my diary, which is always on my desk at school, and no one ever noticed it! Those muggles... But I'm happy each time I use it because I have put a lot of HP stickers in it to cheer me up and that is the more important. BTW, I went on the site your avatar comes from; it is amazing! Thanks for the link!



septentrion- Oct 27, 2004 12:23 pm (#2028 of 2977)

Congrats mollis, for your birthday present. Several months are not too much to get prepared psychologically and materially for a baby but what a great adventure !

Elanor and Gina, it's written in big letters "Harry Potter" on my pencil case which I take with me everywhere I go and it seems hardly anyone ever notice it.


mike miller- Oct 27, 2004 12:46 pm (#2029 of 2977)

Congratulations mollis! Babies are the most treasured gifts we ever receive. I will pass along the only advice I ever given about having a baby, go out and buy a "full body pillow". It will become your best friend in your third trimester.

When attending the Pennsylvania Gathering, Mr. Pince had made Hogwarts window stickers for everyone. I have proudly displayed mine in the back window of my truck and no one seems to notice. Catherine is right ...they never see nuffink. We'll see if anyone notices my Dumbledore tassle hat tomorrow at work!


DJ Evans- Oct 27, 2004 12:54 pm (#2030 of 2977)

Denise, Sleeping Beauty, Audrey, etc.... I'm right with you all concerning the condition of my books!! I'm extremely picky about them & take the best of care that I can with them. They are so precious to me & with something that has given me so many hours of enjoyment I'm careful not to damage them in any way. Sad to say one of my dearest friends (& she knows who she is, if she should read this!!!!) well, let's just say it's probably a "good" thing that we live so far apart. I don't have to worry about being asked to borrow one of my books. I'm almost (I said almost!!) as bad with my DVD's. I'm not crazy about loaning them out, but I will to some. I was just always taught to return something that you had borrow in the same (if not better) condition as when you borrowed it. It amazes me how others will treat your things and then give them back to you wondering why you have this look of horror on your face when you see the condition they are bringing it back in! That's why I'm wanting to get a set of the HP books in hardback for a keepsake set & then I "could" write/make notes in my paperbacks. Right now, my paperbacks are still basically the same condition as when I bought them.

Mollis -- Hey long time no see!!! Welcome back! You have definitely been missed around here. And what such wonderful news -- a baby coming soon!!!! Congrats BIG time! May he/she be healthy, cute as all get out and the apple of your eye!! So glad & happy for you & Mr. Mollis!!! I'm sorry we didn't know it was your birthday the other day, but Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Marcus -- 50? No, that can't be right. I wouldn't have put you over 49 & a 1/2!!! hee hee Seriously, I hope you have a FABULOUS day. May it be filled with love, laughter and sunshine!!!! Happy Birthday!!!

Gina -- If I had seen you in your outfit I would have known it wasn't some drop off from The Good-bye Girl!! Maybe they all need glasses? I would have said something like "My, you look absolutely GREAT!!! You do the Slytherin House proud!!!"

Later, Deb


  Gina R Snape  - Oct 27, 2004 1:50 pm (#2031 of 2977)

Catherine, I think you're onto something! Too good a slytherin that I slip under the radar, eh? Heh, heh. I like it!

btw, DJ, I wear glasses! But since I wear them all the time, they aren't part of a costume. Thank you dear. I am pleased to do my house proud.

I'm considering now whether to try and turn them all into Potterphiles. One other doctoral student confessed a slight crush on Dan Radcliffe. A few were interested (though maybe in a 'let's look at the car wreck' sort of way) in seeing my pictures of the cast that I have taken. I need to plan my tactics well...

Oh, and to everyone on this and other threads who posted about my avatar...thank you. I suggest everyone run...not walk...to this website and check out the artwork. It's incredible. I'm on the verge of writing him and asking to buy one of them. Septentrion, you up for a petit translation for moi?


Denise P.- Oct 27, 2004 1:55 pm (#2032 of 2977)

Mike, I proudly have my Mr. Pince Hogwarts sticker on my back window and because he was nice enough to give me an extra, I have one on my front window as well. This next bit, while related to the sticker may be better on the actor thread so follow me there....

timrew "-- Discussions about the Cast of any HP movie." 10/7/04 6:13am


The giant squid - Oct 27, 2004 1:57 pm (#2033 of 2977)

Happy Birthday, Marcus! And Kip, while the meter may have been off, the tone was definitely there. Well done, couldn't have said it better myself.

mollis, congratulations on the impending arrival. I'm pretty sure you'll find plenty of "new mom" help here; we have a few Forumers who've had a child or two (or eight).

Jack, your point about the Twilight Zone episode is a good one. That's exactly what would happen to me. I'd be stuck forever squinting at coconuts. But at least I'd still have my CDs!



Dr Filibuster -Oct 27, 2004 2:09 pm (#2034 of 2977)

Happy half century Marcus. Did you know that your posts, amongst others, were responsible for me returning to the Lexicon again and again a couple of years ago? It was obvious that you knew your cannon, had interesting ideas and a good sense of humour. I lurked for a month before joining in.

mollis - CONGRATULATIONS . I wonder if your baby or the Half Blood Prince will arrive first?

Siobhan, I saw REM at Slane too. Do you think we walked past each other?

Reading everyone’s favourite concerts makes me wonder how many of the musicians, especially the British ones, owe lots of their success to broadcaster John Peel who died suddenly yesterday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt/johnpeel Many of them have been paying tribute to him from Led Zepplin and Ozzy Osbourne to Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand (who played his favourite song at the end of their concert last night).

There's no way I could pin down my Desert Island Discs/novels/luxury items. I'd be an absolute nightmare for producers of the longest running radio show. Has anyone got the full list of JKR's choices? It's not on the website, but it appeared in a biography. I remember she chose a survival book too.

Wow, sorry about the long post, guess I've been storing it all up. Julie, say a big hi to Betty from me.


  Catherine- Oct 27, 2004 2:22 pm (#2035 of 2977)

mollis - CONGRATULATIONS . I wonder if your baby or the Half Blood Prince will arrive first? --Dr. Filibuster

Hmm. Perhaps baby mollis is the HBP.

Ack. See what the wait for the book has done to my brain? Sorry,  mollis! I hope the book comes out before baby mollis, so you might have a bit of time to read it.

Kip, I enjoyed your poem. It's wonderful to see you posting here!

Have a great evening, all!


Julia. - Oct 27, 2004 2:35 pm (#2036 of 2977)

WOW mollis! A great big MAZEL TOV to you and your husband!!! That is the most wonderful news I've heard all week! I'm sure you'll be a great mommy, and I too hope HBP comes before the baby, that way you'll have a chance to read it.


Leila 2X4B - Oct 27, 2004 2:59 pm (#2037 of 2977)

Alright, If I do not say something I will explode. Tonight very well could be the night. If the Sox win one more game, they will have won the World Series. They will have beaten the 86 year old curse and darned that Bambino straight to Hades. I am so much of a bundle of nerves. I feel like I am going to explode. If they lose, I will cry...and I am not joking.


TwinklingBlueEyes- Oct 27, 2004 3:13 pm (#2038 of 2977)

Since there's a total lunar eclipse tonight maybe that's a sign for the Sox!

Happy Birthday Marcus!


timrew- Oct 27, 2004 3:22 pm (#2039 of 2977)

Marcus, Happy 50th (I wish I was 50 again!), and congratulations for choosing 'Texas Across The River' for one of your all-time movies.

That was a brilliantly funny movie that should have got a lot more accolades than it did!


Catherine- Oct 27, 2004 3:32 pm (#2040 of 2977)

Leila, I am with you in your hopes for a win. **Waves to all the Red Sox fans**

There, there. Please don't cry. Be optimistic, dear. Anyone who thinks that the Harry/Pansy ship is viable can certainly break the Curse of the Bambino!

On a completely different note, I have been considering the “10 movies on the island” question, which I guess only works if Kim and Denise and Chemyst let me on their lifeboat. Because I really think I will only have "ekeltricity" if I'm on their boat, or the one with Marcus the engineer! **waves to all of these Forum members to earn their goodwill in case of shipwreck or plane crash.**

This list is in no particular order, and I will be the first to admit that my taste in movies might be strange.

The Graduate


Jerry Maguire

Bridget Jones' Diary



A Room With a View

The Remains of the Day

The Silence of the Lambs

Two movies were edited out to make an even 10: Howard's End and Sense and Sensibility, the Ang Lee/Emma Thompson version.

Cheers. I have enjoyed reading everyone else's picks.


timrew   - Oct 27, 2004 3:36 pm (#2041 of 2977)

Nice choice, Catherine.....


  Prefect Marcus - Oct 27, 2004 3:42 pm (#2042 of 2977)

Catherine - On a completely different note, I have been considering the “10 movies on the island question,” which I guess only works if Kim and Denise and Chemyst let me on their lifeboat.

Are you accusing Forum members of being cannibals? :-)


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Oct 27, 2004 3:45 pm (#2043 of 2977)


Safer to swim with the giant squid!

Edit: Geeze Marcus, was drinking a beer toasting your birthday, read that and now am wearing beer!


  Catherine- Oct 27, 2004 3:53 pm (#2044 of 2977)


ROFL! I saw that and had already corrected it by the time I read your post.

Hopefully, they will let me on the lifeboat so that I don't have to make you crazy by being on yours!


  Prefect Marcus    - Oct 27, 2004 4:09 pm (#2045 of 2977)
Edited by Oct 27, 2004 4:29 pm

Catherine - Marcus, ... Hopefully, they will let me on the lifeboat so that I don't have to make you crazy by being on yours!

Oh, I don't know. I'd rather be intellectually challenged by a worthy opponent during the long hours at sea. Being with someone who agrees with me all the time would get boring, don't you think?


Penny Lane.   - Oct 27, 2004 4:16 pm (#2046 of 2977)

Hey everybody... I just wanted to stop in and procrastinate say hello. My dorm is having our "Haunted House" tomorrow night, and while it looks really cool right now, there is still a TON to do. We have rooms from all sorts of Fairy Tales, like "Hansel and Gretal" only our version is a bit more like the Grimm Fairy tale version. Also we have rooms with themes like "The Ring" and "Blair Witch Project". Anyway, I'll give a more detailed description after it's all over, as I'm supposed to be all secretive and stuff.

Oh, speaking of scary, I found out what a 6 week old un-refrigerated sandwich looks like.


  Catherine    - Oct 27, 2004 4:22 pm (#2047 of 2977)

Being with someone who agrees with me all the time would get boring, don't you think? –Marcus

I do indeed, as I rather think you know.

Being boring should be among the Unforgivable Curses.

That's one reason why I enjoy the Forum so much. Kim, Loopy, Chemyst, Tim, Weeny Owl, Denise, and you, Marcus, are loads of fun, among the very many others whose posts give me pleasure.

Once more, Happy Birthday!

Oooh, shall we designate October 27 a "Hug Your Pug" Day?

EDIT: Oh, speaking of scary, I found out what a 6 week old un-refridgerated sandwich looks like. –Penny

Oh, it's ok. It's like pre-penicillin! Hold your nose and throw that thing out quick!


I Am Used Vlad   - Oct 27, 2004 4:31 pm (#2048 of 2977)

Happy birthday, Marcus. Enjoy reading your AARP magazines.

Congrats,  mollis! Chat & Greetings 2004 - Page 8 2942856553


Leprechaun Jack!   - Oct 27, 2004 4:38 pm (#2049 of 2977)

Happy Birthday Marcus Chat & Greetings 2004 - Page 8 1609556105



Leila 2X4B   - Oct 27, 2004 4:38 pm (#2050 of 2977)

Catherine, I guess I have to be shipwrecked with you. All those Hopkins flicks...[/i]

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Oct 27, 2004 4:42 pm (#2051 of 2977)

Catherine, what nice words. I'm not worthy.

As for the desert island, the only reason I've been set the task of digging tiger pits is because Denise happens to travel with the blueprints for making one.

Regarding your movie selections, you seem to feel strongly about a few actors. Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Colin Firth. Did you pick two each of their movies on purpose or was it a happy coincidence?

Marcus, although I think your theory is doomed, you are a treasure. Happy Birthday!

My movie selections (and unlike others here, I've no plans to cheat ):


The Terminator

The Godfather I

The Godfather II

The Heiress
(Marcus and Kip might remember this one, although it's a chick flick)

Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version prior to the Colin Firth version)

The Color Purple (I spent Sunday crying my eyes out over this one)

Pulp Fiction

Dangerous Liasons
(**waves to Catherine, who left this off her list for no reason I can think of**)

Le Placard(The Closet) (Subtitled and absolutely hilarious. Especially if you read fast and discover yourself laughing a beat before everyone else. Awkward but amusing. )


  Catherine    - Oct 27, 2004 5:07 pm (#2052 of 2977)

Dangerous Liasons (**waves to Catherine, who left this off her list for no reason I can think of**) –Kim


This is truly one of my all time favorites! ACK! I will have to re-edit. Bridget Jones' Diary goes. Glenn Close and John Malkovitch stay and weave their delightfully evil web of seduction and betrayal. **Sigh** Hubby is laughing at my consternation, saying, "You always make me watch that one! How could you forget it? It sure isn't on MY top ten!" Well, that's just because he doesn't want to think about evil, scheming women.

I loved the novel in translation, and wouldn't mind hearing from one of our native French speakers about the original novel version of "Dangerous Liasions."

Again, Cheers.

**Pepper-up Potion to Loopy Lupin, who was feeling poorly last night and today, and I hope he posts with us soonly.**

EDIT: I'm seeing a pattern in Kim's movies--the whole killer thingy. Good thing I'm nice to her!

**erm, Marcus, your lifeboat is looking strangely attractive now. **leaving the gun and taking the cannoli**

**just wants a place to plug in the hairdryer and get the Forum**


Daioma Dumbledore   Oct 27, 2004 5:28 pm (#2053 of 2977)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARCUS!!! I hope you had a wonderful day.

mollis & Mr mollis, HUGE Congratulations on the impending arrival of your little bundle of joy!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday, I'll pop in again a little later & see how you're all doing.

Oh & Phoenix Song, I will be emailling you when the time comes next year for me to throw my Halloween Party, thanks


Pinky   - Oct 27, 2004 5:30 pm (#2054 of 2977)

Thanks for the picture, Veronika! How long ago was that taken?

I just came back from a book sale at the library. Dangerous territory... Before going in, we set a price limit on how much we would buy. We did pretty well - we only spent about twice as much as we originally planned. Forget that 10 books list for the deserted island. I'm bringing 10 libraries.


mike miller   - Oct 27, 2004 5:36 pm (#2055 of 2977)

TBE - It may take the effects of an eclipsed full moon to over-turn the curse of the Bambino. Good Luck Acceber and Sleeping Beauty, I'm pulling for the Sox since I'm an AL fan to the bone.

Denise - Mr. Pince gave me several stickers as well. I have given away to worthy HP fans all but one. I've saving that one for when I have to get a new car in five years or so.

Since there seem to be cannibals on these desert islands, I'll stay well away from the ocean. *trundles off to check a couple of threads*


  Catherine    - Oct 27, 2004 5:57 pm (#2056 of 2977)

I have posted WAY too many times today, but Pinky's post put me over the top!

I am one of those sad people who is a TRUE friend of the library. I donate, and buy other people's erm, "treasures."

Not to be TOO political, but for any in the Greater Richmond, VA area, my own Mum is one of the Empresses (She of Administration and Finance) of the Library of Virginia, and they have a big 'do every year, awarding literary prizes and entertaining local authors. If anyone wants to purchase tickets, let me know! I will see you there! **hopes Loopy will hearken this plea**

Have a good night. Off to watch Dangerous Liasions! **waves to Kim**


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Oct 27, 2004 6:07 pm (#2057 of 2977)

EDIT: I'm seeing a pattern in Kim's movies--the whole killer thingy. Good thing I'm nice to her!---Catherine

I wouldn't say they're so much "killer" as "driven". Rather Slytherin when you think about it.

Of course your mother is an Empress, Catherine. Of course.

**wonders if Catherine really does have Dangerous Liasons in her personal video library. lucky duck**


  Catherine    - Oct 27, 2004 6:12 pm (#2058 of 2977)

Hey, Kim. This is Mr. Catherine. We most definitely have Dangerous Liasions in our collection. Love that John Malkovich.


--See, Told ya. He gets very protective over our collections of nerd stuff! **is a lucky duck**


Padfoot   - Oct 27, 2004 6:32 pm (#2059 of 2977)
Edited by Oct 27, 2004 6:32 pm

Happy Birthday Marcus!

I'm considering now whether to try and turn them all into Potterphiles. One other doctoral student confessed a slight crush on Dan Radcliffe. –Gina

*shifty look* I have no idea what you are talking about.


DJ Evans   - Oct 27, 2004 7:46 pm (#2060 of 2977)

Just found out we've got another birthday to celebrate today. And that is our own lovable Nearly Headless Nick actor John Cleese!!! So Happy Birthday John!! He turns 65!

Gina -- I too wear glasses most of the time, so maybe that is why I would "see" your Slytherin outfit!!!

Barbie: I think that we should all just bow to the inevitable and colonize our own island. It could be our own little individual Potter island.

Now that to me sounds like an "excellent" idea!!! You've definitely have your priorities straight! I know I would buy a boat ticket to get there -- a one way ticket at that!!! Now we just need someone to come up with an island for us all to use.

Last night the annual showing of Charlie Brown's Halloween was on and I missed it!!! My favorite show was on (The Gilmore Girls) and I watched it before noticing CB's Halloween episode was scheduled for the same time. Last year it seemed like they showed it twice but of course not this year. I don't know but to me the Charlie Brown holiday shows just makes each of the seasons.

Later, Deb


Julie Aronson   - Oct 27, 2004 8:05 pm (#2061 of 2977)


I think I was at that Stray Cats concert if it was at Blossom. I also saw MSB there in the summer of '82. I used all my baby sitting money to see 2-3 concerts per week the summers of 82 and 83. I guess I had fun, though!



  mollis     - Oct 27, 2004 8:15 pm (#2062 of 2977)

  mollis - CONGRATULATIONS . I wonder if your baby or the Half Blood Prince will arrive first? --Dr. Filibuster

Hmm. Perhaps baby mollis is the HBP. –Catherine

Sue- I have to say that at this point I feel like I'm going to be pregnant forever, so I am really hoping that HBP comes out first!

And Catherine -

You all are much too kind. Thank you so much for all the well-wishes. I'm probably going to need all the advice/help I can get. (Will definitely look into the body pillow. I'm already desperately missing my jacuzzi tub from Virginia!) I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. Perhaps that's due to the need for 12 hours of sleep a day lately.

And I also agree with Barbie, putting us all together on an island would be great fun. And really, would most of the normal world be able to tolerate being stranded on a deserted island with us and a set of HP books?!?

Talk to you all on Friday. I'm in the field tomorrow. Must sleep now...


Leila 2X4B   - Oct 27, 2004 8:43 pm (#2063 of 2977)



  Gina R Snape     - Oct 27, 2004 9:08 pm (#2064 of 2977)

The Color Purple (I spent Sunday crying my eyes out over this one)

OMG. So did I! Hadn't seen it in years and I couldn't tear myself away from it.

Well, everyone. I did go meet Chris Rankin tonight and he was a total sweetheart. Very down to earth. But I'm a bit tired at the moment so I will give a 'real' (albeit brief) report tomorrow. :waves at Kasse: Kasse was there too.


Padfoot   - Oct 27, 2004 9:26 pm (#2065 of 2977)

Gina I need to hear the scoop from you I already have talked to Sam and got her version. You two are soooo lucky. I am so envious!


Penny Lane.   - Oct 27, 2004 9:31 pm (#2066 of 2977)

Could you imagine if we were all trapped on that island with ONE set of HP books?


Denise P.   - Oct 27, 2004 9:55 pm (#2067 of 2977)

oooohhh...that would get ugly quick!

"Okay, what IDIOT dripped coconut milk on Chapter 3 of Order of the Phoenix?"

"Yeah, like you have room to complain....aren't you the one that left Chapter 8 of Chamber of Secrets out on the rock while fishing and got it all wet?"

"Both of you need to get a grip. Chapter 17 of Goblet of Fire is still missing. Remember, whoever finds it gets to have 2 chapters for the week instead of the normal 1"

There is going to be so many of us on the island, we are going to have to come up with a rotating schedule of who gets what chapter from what book each week. Woe on the one who misplaces or ruins a chapter. Of course, by that point, we will have it memorized.


Daioma Dumbledore   Oct 27, 2004 10:41 pm (#2068 of 2977)

Or we could be very creative and make it into play, since none of us are completely satisfied with the films, and we wouldn't have to worry about it running over time, we wouldn't have to cut any scenes!


Marè   - Oct 28, 2004 12:43 am (#2069 of 2977)

O dear, were to start?

Marcus: Congratulations, I might be a little late (or not, depends on the timezone I guess..) But i hope you have/had/ are having a great birthday!

mollis: Congratulations, your first baby, that is such good news! One of our moderators (currently non-active due to real life catching up) has started a small babies and toddlers forum for moms and moms to be to exchange tips, tricks and baby chitchat. If you want the address, mail me.

Gina, off course when you’re tired you shouldn't be forced into typing but still: hurry! We are waiting for your report here. And the pictures!
And yes that site is marvelous, so of the persons are movie inspired and some are delightfully original. I love her Molly!

And Penny, that sandwich wasn't an intentional part of the decorations was it? (did it have worms, nothing grosses me out as much as rotten food with worms). I'm really curious to your house, any chance you could post pictures?

And Daioma, that is one play I would love to see, but if we have to take costumes and proper decor with us on top of books, blueprints for tigertraps, CD's, movies and probably a big TV... We don't need a lifeboat, we need a complete cruiseship to get to our by-then-not-so-deserted island!


The giant squid   - Oct 28, 2004 1:13 am (#2070 of 2977)

   Oh, speaking of scary, I found out what a 6 week old un-refrigerated sandwich looks like

That reminds me of one of my favorite lines from the TV show Babylon 5: "If you see something this big, with eight legs, let me know. I have to kill it before it develops language skills." The speaker (Londo Mollari, for those who remember the show) was trying to track down a bug that seemed to be bigger every time he saw it.

Pinky, I like your "10 libraries" idea.

A Harry Potter play starring the forumers, hmm? But who would play whom? Kip would be Dumbledore, of course, but who would play the rest?



septentrion   - Oct 28, 2004 2:00 am (#2071 of 2977)

Gina, if you need some translations, email me. I'd do it avec plaisir.

Catherine, I'm French and must admit I've never read the liaisons dangereuses. Shame on me !

A Harry Potter play starring the forumers, hmm? But who would play whom? Kip would be Dumbledore, of course, but who would play the rest?

We already have Madame Pince !


Good Evans   - Oct 28, 2004 3:51 am (#2072 of 2977)

Wow - I don’t log in for 24 hours and so many new posts!!!

Happy (belated) birthday, Marcus and  mollis (also many congrats on baby news too, mollis).

Gina - loved the why does Snape hate harry - still laughing Most annoyed that stupid muggles could not manage to notice the uniform (but then we can’t have everything!!!!!!)

movies on the desert island with electricity......

All about Eve

Gone with the Wind

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Sleepless in Seattle

Close Encounters of the third kind

The Warriors

Pretty Woman

White Christmas
(well just to remind me what Snow is like!)

The princess Bride

(If I'm on a desert island - I can’t get scared about psychotic killers can I??)

Gosh that was really difficult (can I also sneak in Harvey and The Shining????? no? aw shucks...)


Chemyst   - Oct 28, 2004 4:22 am (#2073 of 2977)

Aw shucks, Catherine, and indeed, the thought is mutual – it's "loads of fun" reading your posts too.

Congratulations mollis. I see you've already discovered one important tip; you are sleeping for two now.

Wow, Kip. Did you write that poem off the cuff? No writer's block for you.

Gina, thanks for the link & you are such a tease making us wait for the CR meeting.

I have a dreaded computer switch-over in my future. I could easily go on a whining rant, but boring you all is not a top priority.


  Catherine    - Oct 28, 2004 4:44 am (#2074 of 2977)

Happy Thursday!

I'm happy for all the Red Sox fans. Looks like someone was able to lift the anti-winning jinx at last.

I have lots of Filch-like cleaning and scrubbing to do today. My mom is supposed to visit this weekend, and my house is definitely not up to her white-glove standards. Muggle-style cleaning is not my favorite activity, and I really wish at times like these that I had a slew of "householdy"-type spells at my disposal.

The Forum will probably activate my Procrastination Syndrome, and I will probably be found here instead of accomplishing my cleaning.

**slowly walks toward the vacuum cleaner and away from the computer**


Daioma Dumbledore   Oct 28, 2004 5:38 am (#2075 of 2977)

Catherine, I will be thinking of you as you clean, if I could do one thing with magic it would be to clean the house! I hate it, I have no kids and yet as soon as I clean the place it seems like 2 seconds later it looks like a bombs hit it, good luck

As for our play that I suggested, looking at Julia's Halloween costume she looks like she'd make a pretty good Hermonie

I'd volunteer to be Molly or believe it or not Umbridge, they'd both be fun characters to play I think


Julia.   - Oct 28, 2004 5:48 am (#2076 of 2977)

As for our play that I suggested, looking at Julia's Halloween costume she looks like she'd make a pretty good Hermonie. –Daioma

Wow, I was totally about to suggest that Daioma! Can I please be Hermione? I promise not to speak in that annoying voice that Jim Dale does for her.

Mazel tov to the Sox fans.

Catherine, do you need some help with the cleaning right now? I have a test in maths in about an hour...

Have a good day everyone!


Loopy Lupin   - Oct 28, 2004 6:21 am (#2077 of 2977)

Hello everyone. As Catherine mentioned earlier, I'm feeling poorly. A little better today. No rest for the weary lawyer. I hope no one else gets sick from me; my boss on the other hand......

Anyway, movies on the desert island. (This must be quite the desert island what with CD players and DVD's and tv's which I assume to be big screen, but I digress.)

"The Color Purple" --- My opinion of this changed over the years. We Potterphiles might wonder if JKR had Alice Walker's book in mind when she didn't want Spielberg anywhere near her books. Still, how can you not like the actors in this? Whoopi's Oscar in "Ghost" was really for this movie.

"Little Big Man" -- Can't think of a better way to kill an entire Sunday afternoon. This is the one "western" my dad and I can agree upon.

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"-- Can't think of a better way to kill a Saturday night. (Well, technically Sunday morning.) No, I don't dress up. The desert island might kill some of the fun, but I could still have the songs.

"Goodfellas"-- Scorsese upped the ante on Gangster flicks with this one and I don't think anyone's managed to call since.

"Pulp Fiction"-- I suggested that my law school roommate take a girl to see this on their first date instead of "Shawshank Redemption" since "Shawshank" was a prison movie and might be disturbing. (I had seen neither film at the time.) They walked out, but did get married later. Their loss. The "coolest" movie ever.

"City Lights"-- Waves to Nimrod2000 or whatever he's calling himself right now. Chaplin rules!

"Murder by Death" -- Well, as I said a few posts back, this film helped me procrastinate enough, so I don't think it would be fair to leave it behind now. "Say your d****d articles!"

"Heathers"-- "Just exactly how do you think adults treat one another?" I love that line.

"LOTR--Two Towers"-- I like this one best.

"Silence of the Lambs"-- You don't need special effects. You just need close-ups.



Kasse   - Oct 28, 2004 9:18 am (#2078 of 2977)

Hello All....remember me? Ok I have not been here in so long and for that I will go and iron my hands as soon as I am done posting this.

Happy Birthday to all those that I have missed and congratulations to those who have new and wonderful things happening in their lives

Now concerning this desert island selection: like some have said it before me I think I will be content swimming back and forth between the islands and just borrow books/movie and music. Most of my favourite stuff is one someone’s list anyway

So yes - I, like Gina, got to meet Chris Rankin last night. I will let her give you full details. One thing I will tell you is that I got to ask him about what he thought of Percy's character especially in OOP (it was weird...talking to Percy about Percy lol) Well Chris said the while he thinks that Pecy is ambitious and will continue to do whatever to get a head in the world he does not think that Percy will become a DE, oh and yes he does not hate Percy.

He was a very witty and nice young man – well that is my repot on the matter

Ok off to do some much needed catching up on some threads

Take care


VeronikaG   - Oct 28, 2004 11:35 am (#2079 of 2977)

Hi all!

I did say happy birthday to Marcus?

I remember you, Kasse! Welcome back!

Pinky, I was 15 in that picture, it was taken 9 years ago.

My new pic is me too, but an even younger version. I'm 2, I think.

My 10 films:

Lord of the Rings (Counting them as 3, but not bothering to write it that way)

Point Break

She's all that

The English patient

Winnie the Pooh


The color purple

Rat Race

As I have a strange personality with many extremes, this list can hardly has come as a surprise.


T Brightwater   - Oct 28, 2004 12:06 pm (#2080 of 2977)

Congratulations and thanks to all the curse-breakers in Boston for a job well done!


I Am Used Vlad   - Oct 28, 2004 12:10 pm (#2081 of 2977)

Loopy, you do have good taste in movies. Other than Little Big Man, which I've never seen, I like every movie on your list. I'm also embarrassed to admit that I ignored your advice and went to see The Village. You were right.

That said, I recently watched City Lights for the first time, and The General for about the 150th time(not an exaggeration), and there is quite simply no comparison. I'll be happy on my island with just one movie.


Padfoot   - Oct 28, 2004 12:35 pm (#2082 of 2977)

I hope you feel better soon Loopy.

I never did my top 10 movies:
1. The Abyss
2. The Hunt for Red October
3. The Shawshank Redemption
4. Sleepless in Seattle
5. The LOTR trilogy
6.The Matrix (1)
7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
8. The Princess Bride
9. Fletch
10. Sabrina


legolas   Oct 28, 2004 12:44 pm (#2083 of 2977)

My fave movies not in any particular order

1)LOTR trilogy 2)Matrix 1 3)League of extrodinary gentlemen 4)Van Helsing 5)MIB 1&2 6)Tomb raider 7)The Rock 8)Planet of the Apes Collection 9)Star Wars trilogy (original 3)

And just to add a chick flick in there:

10)Two weeks notice


Dr Filibuster   Oct 28, 2004 12:55 pm (#2084 of 2977)

Thanks for the Rankin info Kasse....now where's Gina with her full run down?

All the movie talk reminds me that I wanted to ask a question. Has anyone seen Finding Neverland yet?

It was filmed ages ago (before Johnny Depp did Pirates of the Caribbean) but it's only being released over here now. It's getting nothing but rave reviews in Britain, how about other countries? Depp's Scottish accent is getting the thumbs up from the critics too.


legolas   Oct 28, 2004 1:02 pm (#2085 of 2977)

Comes out on the 29th in Uk-hey that’s Friday. The accent seemed not to bad in the preview. Its a lot better than the usual rubbishy accent that comes out of Hollywood. Hooray for the UGC card. Finding Neverland  - here I come.


I Am Used Vlad   - Oct 1, 2004 11:20 am (#2086 of 2977)

Finding Neverland doesn't open in the US until November 12.


The giant squid   - Oct 28, 2004 1:34 pm (#2087 of 2977)

  No, I don't dress up.

Thank goodness, I had images of Dr. Loopyfurter in my head, and that's just not right! Feel better soon.

Speaking of Finding Neverland, I heard that Barrie's family was unhappy with the movie because it fictionalizes his life too much. Has anyone else heard this? I'm still looking forward to seeing it because, well, Depp rocks.



Kasse   - Oct 28, 2004 1:36 pm (#2088 of 2977)

I have not seen Finding Neverland yet but I saw a trailer for it and I LOVED it!  I cannot wait to see it!


Accio Sirius   Oct 28, 2004 4:00 pm (#2089 of 2977)

Sorry you are feeling under the weather Loopy! I guess lawyers and moms don't get sick days.

Thanks for the Chris update Kasse! I'm sure he is under contract NOT to divulge too much. Did he mention if Percy would redeem himself at all?

Movies I would have to bring to our now fabulous island in no particular order and subject to change periodically: Fargo; The Year of Living Dangerously, Moonstruck, It's a Wonderful Life; The Natural; The Wizard of Oz; All About Eve; Local Hero; Lone Star and Hud.

mollis, a belated congratulations. Be sure to take care of yourself! Take folic acid and don't clean the cat box if you have cats!


Leprechaun Jack!   - Oct 28, 2004 4:35 pm (#2090 of 2977)

Loopy Lupin-"Little Big Man" -- Can't think of a better way to kill an entire Sunday afternoon.

I couldn't agree with you more. However I had completely forgotten about that film until you mentioned it.

As far as the Rocky Horror goes- I used to go to the 8th street playhouse. I did dress up tho'... I played Franknfooter for a while (those shoes were a killer) and Rocky (sadly my gold lamé speedo no longer fits).

mollis - Congratulations



Padfoot   - Oct 28, 2004 4:43 pm (#2091 of 2977)

Gold lamé speedo? My eyes! My eyes! *runs away screaming*


Leila 2X4B   - Oct 28, 2004 4:46 pm (#2092 of 2977)

EWWWWW!!!! I think that I am permanently scarred for life. No speedos on anyone.



Julie Aronson   - Oct 28, 2004 5:14 pm (#2093 of 2977)

Speaking of "Little Big Man", has anyone read the book? As good as the movie is, the book is that much better!

Did that make sense?



DJ Evans   - Oct 28, 2004 5:24 pm (#2094 of 2977)

Loopy -- Hope you get to feeling better soon!!!

Gina? Where oh where is Gina? Kasse's given us her view on Chris/Percy, now we're just waiting for yours!! Kasse did you get a chance to take any pics? I think it's so that you all got to meet with him!!!!!!!

Did anybody get to see the eclipse of the moon last night? Needless to say (just like any other time that you need a clear sky) we were cloudy here all night long!!!

Congrats to the Red Sox fans out there!!! I'm a Braves fan myself & though we didn't make it to the World Series I'm still happy for the Red Sox.

I don't know if I dreamed it or not, but I read where they are about to start shooting the 2nd Pirates of the Caribbean after the 1st of the year? I think I read where one of Rolling Stones will be playing Depp's/Jack's Dad in the movie. Oh heck, I might have dreamed that too -- I never know these days!!!!!

Catch y'all later, Deb


  Prefect Marcus    - Oct 28, 2004 5:41 pm (#2095 of 2977)

I saw the lunar eclipse, which was a minor miracle. A crystal clear night in Seattle in the last week of October. What are the odds?


Leila 2X4B   - Oct 28, 2004 6:23 pm (#2096 of 2977)

Hi. Here is something that made me smile.

It is a bit dark, but you can see the best part.



Elanor   - Oct 28, 2004 11:30 pm (#2097 of 2977)

Hi everyone! It is Friday morning here and I just wanted to say good morning!

Julie: I've read Little Big Man and loved it. I loved the movie too (Dustin Hoffman is perfect in it!) but I really shed tears of laughter while reading it, and real tears from time to time. I love his kind of fatalism. But I also read the sequel and, though it was pleasant to read, I didn't like it that much.

Have a great Friday! *sending cheering charms to Loopy*


Daioma Dumbledore   Oct 29, 2004 12:33 am (#2098 of 2977)

Welcome to Friday, Elanor! It's Friday afternoon here and I'm very very happy about it, because we've got an extra long week-end (we're on holidays until Wednesday)

Hoping everyone is wonderful, if not sending hugs to all those that need them


septentrion   - Oct 29, 2004 3:02 am (#2099 of 2977)

Daioma Dumbledore, where are you from ?

I've just found out that finding neverland will release only January 5th in France...at least, I should have enough advice as to know if I'll see it or not.

everybody have a great week-end !


mike miller   - Oct 29, 2004 4:26 am (#2100 of 2977)

Loopy - I hope you're feeling better in time to enjoy the weekend.

Marcus - Since I grew up in the Seattle area (Kent/Federal Way) I know how long the odds were on having a clear night.

My 9-year- old daughter tried to stay up to see the eclipse, even though it was a school night (not all education occurs in the classroom). She just could not make it long enough for a good look. We're planning a visit to a local farm with a haunted hayride to help get us more into the Halloween spirit.

Work has been completely crazy lately; however, it's always this way at this time of the year. I'm taking the afternoon off to take care of a few over-due errands. It would appear that we are going to get one last shot of "Indian Summer" here around Baltimore as the high temp on Saturday is supposed to be in the 70's.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Extra hugs for Betty! Remember we get to choose the kind of day we're going to have. You just have to understand that bad things can happen on great days!

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Julie Aronson   - Oct 29, 2004 5:12 am (#2101 of 2977)


You are a good egg!

Have a wonderful weekend!



The giant squid   - Oct 29, 2004 5:27 am (#2102 of 2977)
Edited by Denise P. Oct 29, 2004 6:04 am

Deb, I'm not sure about when filming starts on PotC2, but it's listed on IMDb as releasing in 2006, so an early 2005 shoot date would be about right. And yes, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones is apparently going to play Captain Jack Sparrow's father in the sequel.

Leila: gotta start 'em young, eh?


Edit: Mike, I edited out your first line...it skirts the edge of being appropriate for the Forum Denise P.


Daioma Dumbledore   Oct 29, 2004 6:53 am (#2103 of 2977)

Septentrion, I am from Melbourne, Australia. So I am always almost a day ahead of you guys which can be really frustrating, because when i want to chat most of you aren't around , but there are a few early birds and a few more night owls that have a chat with me


Loopy Lupin   - Oct 29, 2004 7:59 am (#2104 of 2977)

That said, I recently watched City Lights for the first time, and The General for about the 150th time(not an exaggeration), and there is quite simply no comparison. I'll be happy on my island with just one movie. -- Used Vlad

Sigh. Well, thanks for the compliment on my taste in movies. I guess if I had any part in inspiring you to watch "City Lights," that was the best I could do. Now we can truly agree to disagree. Smile (Btw, Buster's pretty cool too.)

I'm touched by all the cheering charms. I am feeling a little better, but it's actually turning out to be a little hard to shake. I'm sure I'll get there. Being sick stinks.

Anyway, I'm off to do the time warp again. See you everyone.


legolas   Oct 29, 2004 11:00 am (#2105 of 2977)

Big hug better.


  Gina R Snape     - Oct 29, 2004 11:15 am (#2106 of 2977)

Hi all.

Apologies for the delay. I've been super busy and very tired. But I'm taking a break at work right now...

Chris Rankin was a very nice young man. He turns 21 next month, which I found surprising because I thought he was just a few years older than that. Perhaps because he was Head Boy as Percy and towered over the little children I thought he'd be taller. But he is a very slight person in height and weight. He dressed very funky. NYers will understand if I say he dressed 'east village'--think The Strokes.

I unfortunately arrived late to the event, so I did not get a lot of time to talk with him. But when I walked in I introduced myself by shaking his hand and saying 'Hi, I'm Gina.' And he responded 'Hi, I'm Chris.' which I found rather friendly and humble considering I knew who he was and I was there to see him!

Chris seems to like the character of Percy, and seems disappointed at not being in GoF. He likes to work and keep busy, and said he's working on some things now but gave no specifics. He told me his contract was for 4 films, but it also runs out in about 8 months so he may not be in OoP either! He didn't sound very hopeful in fact, despite me chiming in that Percy had a very interesting role in OoP.

JKR has told him some things about his character, but nothing earth shattering. Just a little PoV to help him understand the character better, is all. He does not see Percy going to the Death Eaters.

I offered to give him some pointers on NYC for his holiday, but as it turns out this is his third time here and he was leaving in another day. He was excited to be going to see Wicked that night, and to have the privilege of meeting the cast backstage afterwards. We talked about how Wicked has received a ton of TONY awards this year, and he really seemed a fan. He hasn't read the book yet, and I told him to run out and get it because I thought it was brilliant when I read it! Alas, he didn't seem in a rush to run to B&N, and said it didn't seem to be for sale in the UK. Oh well...

I have some photos which I will post soon, and provide links. I offered to send them to him for use on his website and he said if I wrote his web manager he would get the email and the pics and would write me back. Since I didn't get to ask him anything more, I am going to use the email as an opportunity for perhaps getting a few anecdotes on the set, something I didn't get the chance to ask him in the time I was there.

After the gathering, some of us went off to dinner and had a lovely time! :waves at Kasse:


Good Evans   - Oct 29, 2004 11:24 am (#2107 of 2977)

Thanks for that Gina, really envious. Keep us posted on any further news and snippets you get. Looking forward to the piccies.


haymoni  Oct 29, 2004 11:32 am (#2108 of 2977)

Sounds great, Gina. I have been packing for 2 days so I haven't been around much.

Julie Aronson - yes, it was the Stray Cats at Blossom. What a riot! I saw MSB New Year's Eve at the Colesium - they didn't start playing until "10:35 in the Heartland". It was a lot of fun!

Marcus - I am so very sorry that I missed your birthday. I hope it was wonderful. All the best.

I am sitting here at work, waiting for Hubby to pick me up so we can start our trek to Disney. It is raining Kneazles and Fluffies here, so I can't wait to be on our way.

I have no idea if I will be near a computer so take care everyone and don't talk too much!


legolas   Oct 29, 2004 11:34 am (#2109 of 2977)

That sounds really cute-raining Kneazles and Fluffies.


Leila 2X4B   - Oct 29, 2004 11:53 am (#2110 of 2977)

Mike, indeed do you have to start em young. Just do not ask her about The Yankees or the Miami Dolphins. Frightening.



Acceber  - Oct 29, 2004 1:02 pm (#2111 of 2977)

Hey, I have too much to say and so little time...JKR should include that quote in HBP.

Congratulations to anyone who deserves it, Happy Birthday to anyone reaching that milestone and Happy Halloween to all!

Great poem Kip!


Can I be Ginny (in our desert island play)? My hair's not red, but we can always bring hair dye .

My ten books (this proves to be hard):
1-5. SS-OoP, all paperbacks
6. David Copperfield, which I'm currently in the middle of
7. Number the Stars
8. The Curse of the Bambino (which has been broken)
9. Spiderweb for Two
10. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

That wasn't too hard. But I think I forgot a few.

Off to read more threads and get all hyped up about Julia coming, which should happen in the next 24 hours!


Julia.   - Oct 29, 2004 1:16 pm (#2112 of 2977)

Squee! I can't wait to see you Becca! Now if only there wasn't a victory parade going on...


T Brightwater   - Oct 29, 2004 1:17 pm (#2113 of 2977)

Acceber - I root for the other cursed team, so I was delighted for the Red Sox! (especially since they took out the Yankees and the Cardinals, who are to the Cubs what the Yankees are to the Red Sox.) Now, if we could get some of those cursebreakers out to Chicago...


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Oct 29, 2004 2:43 pm (#2114 of 2977)

Hey all! Just a quick post to let everyone know my new grandson arrived this am, after an emergency C-section which almost sent Grandma into a heart attack!

Dominick Nathanial Anderson, 7lbs 4 oz. Welcome a new Pottie, like he has a choice :-).

...toddles off to that Muggle hospital just across from St Mungo's.


Detail Seeker  - Oct 29, 2004 2:51 pm (#2115 of 2977)

Congratulations, TBE and many more to the proud parents ! Good luck to the toddler. Denn Eure Kinder bringen Licht in unser Dunkel...


Elanor   - Oct 29, 2004 3:06 pm (#2116 of 2977)

Congratulations TBE! I'm so happy for you! Butterbeer for everyone!


  Gina R Snape     - Oct 29, 2004 3:18 pm (#2117 of 2977)

Aaaawwww! Welcome to the world Dominick!


T Brightwater   - Oct 29, 2004 3:35 pm (#2118 of 2977)

Hi Dominick! Hope your mom is doing okay. If you think it's fun now, just wait till you learn to read!


Leprechaun Jack!   - Oct 29, 2004 4:04 pm (#2119 of 2977)

Congratulations TBE!



Daioma Dumbledore   Oct 29, 2004 4:34 pm (#2120 of 2977)

Congratulations TBE! Looking forward to some pictures


DJ Evans   - Oct 29, 2004 4:39 pm (#2121 of 2977)

Congrats TBlueEyes!!!! It's always the greatest to hear of a new life joining us all.

Gina -- Wow!! I can't even imagine what I'd say to someone famous like that. Most likely I'd just stand there and look goofy!! And then of course all that would end up accomplishing is the security people coming to quietly take me away! Thanks for the inside "info" & your take on Chris.

Marcus -- You live up in/around Seattle? Oh that is one of the areas that I would so love to visit sometime. It's so pretty up that way I think. Now only if I could get Oprah, Bill Gates, Fred Smith, Donald Trump, etc... (or somebody with the buckets of money) to adopt me so I could!!!

haymoni -- Have a great time on your trip!! Are you going to get yourself some Mouse Ears while you're there? (Doesn't everyone? )

Weeeeee, it's FRIDAY finally!!!! Hope everyones weekend is the best. Also for those in the US we get to change our clocks back this Sunday night. Ahhhh yes, an extra hour to sleep in come Monday morning!!

Later, Deb


Chemyst   - Oct 29, 2004 4:52 pm (#2122 of 2977)

Congratulations Granny TBE!

Get well soon, Loopy.

I can hardly believe no one put Chicken Run on their list of movies. On second thought, maybe I can, but still...
I just saw my life flash before my eyes! ...it was really boring.


  Gina R Snape     - Oct 29, 2004 5:00 pm (#2123 of 2977)

Hmmmm. Thinking about having ginger chicken for dinner, perhaps?

Btw, It's Molly Weasley's birthday tomorrow, 30 October, as just posted on JKR's website. Happy birthday Molly!


timrew   - Oct 29, 2004 5:04 pm (#2124 of 2977)

Congratulations, TBE!

Gina......change your avatar. Snape looks like a slug leaving a trail of slime. The guy isn't that bad!


mike miller   - Oct 29, 2004 5:06 pm (#2125 of 2977)

Congratulations TBE! Pass along the well wished to the new parents.


  Gina R Snape     - Oct 29, 2004 5:51 pm (#2126 of 2977)

Tim! Go to the website! It's actually a very stunning ink drawing on a site of stunning ink, line-art and water colour HP-inspired art. Unfortunately I wasn't able to keep this picture at a high enough resolution for you to see it better.

And, very funny...


Phoenix song  - Oct 29, 2004 7:35 pm (#2127 of 2977)

TBE: Congratulations! I'm so excited for you and the family! Welcome the new little Pottie for us! I hope that you've recovered from your shock at the emergency c-section. I'm sure that it was scary for you. My first was delivered in an emergency type situation, and I'm not sure that my mom has fully gotten over her panic nearly 8 years later.

Pass on this hint to your daughter for me, I didn't take the nurses too seriously when they suggested that I use a pillow to apply pressure when moving around. But it really does help. I hope that she heals up quickly.

Again, congratulations and best wishes to you all!



Loopy Lupin   - Oct 30, 2004 9:07 am (#2128 of 2977)

Hello all. Feeling much better today. Happy Hallowe'en!

I can hardly believe no one put Chicken Run on their list of movies. On second thought, maybe I can, but still...—Chemyst

Oh, I loved "Chicken Run," but it just didn't make the cut. "Because I'm a chicken! The Royal Air Force doesn't allow chickens to fly airplanes!" Hehe


septentrion   - Oct 30, 2004 9:55 am (#2129 of 2977)

Congrats TBE !

Does anyone know how's Betty going ?


timrew   - Oct 30, 2004 2:38 pm (#2130 of 2977)

Okay, Gina, I've visited the website and see what you mean. Lots of cool drawings of the Harry Potter characters. But that French was all Greek to me!


Elanor   - Oct 30, 2004 3:23 pm (#2131 of 2977)

Hi Tim! Be patient! She says that her site will be translated in English soon. In the meantime, if you need some translations, just ask!

BTW, has anyone seen her drawing of the Marauders with Snape? I love that one!

There is nothing special here for Halloween so I decided that I will celebrate it on my own by ordering PoA in DVD and maybe watch CoS again with a lot of chocolate and a nice butterbeer (well, it will be nice without the butter) at hand.


Richard !!!Reid  Oct 30, 2004 4:10 pm (#2132 of 2977)

Just checking in...Hello everyone, but I must dash off. I have a Halloween chat room party to get to. Happy Halloween everyone.


legolas   Oct 30, 2004 4:19 pm (#2133 of 2977)

Hey I just got back from a Halloween party. It was really good. Somebody had dressed as Dumbeldore but I think it was more by accident than by choice. Had a few butterbeers and party games which was good.

The JKR website has nothing new on it. Huff.

Going to make the most of my extra hour in bed. Enjoy yours.


  Gina R Snape     - Oct 30, 2004 4:25 pm (#2134 of 2977)

Very well, Tim. I shall go over to the JKR thread and stop throwing rotten tomatoes your way.

Happy Halloween everyone!!!

Sir Tornado - Oct 30, 2004 5:04 pm (#2135 of 2977)

Happy Halloween!!


Penny Lane.   - Oct 30, 2004 5:59 pm (#2136 of 2977)

Are we supposed to set our clocks back tonight or tomorrow night? I always get so confused about that.

Gina - I like the art at the website too! What I like even more is that I just started taking French, and I can actually read some of that. *does snoopy dance*

My dorm had our (probably last) annual haunted house on Thursday night. It was lots of fun and hard work. I hope to have all the pictures up later next week.


Pinky   - Oct 30, 2004 6:20 pm (#2137 of 2977)

Tonight, Penny.


  Gina R Snape     - Oct 30, 2004 7:40 pm (#2138 of 2977)

As promised, here are a few pictures from meeting Chris Rankin:

Chris and I


Chris and Kasse


Chris talking to a few other people in the group https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v64/ginarsnape/ChrisGroup.jpg

And for those of you who remember her from back when on the Lex...Chris and Ari https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v64/ginarsnape/AriChris2.jpg


Acceber  - Oct 30, 2004 8:12 pm (#2139 of 2977)

This is from Julia and Becca! w00t w00t!

Greetings all. Becca's house is fun, although her little sister is really annoying. Poor girl, I thought my sister was bad. Her mum is carving a pumpkin right now, and at our suggestion it's a wolf. Hopefully we're going on a duck tour of Boston tomorrow, and no, we did NOT go to the parade today. Becca and her mum took pity on me, the poor Yankee fan. That and no one wanted to deal with parade traffic. BTW, I haven't heard from Betty recently. Next time I talk to her, I'll pass along your well wishes.

Congrats to TBE on your new grandson!

Great pictures Gina! You looked like the true Slytherin I thought you would look like.

Julia and I are having a blast and we are going to take pictures in Boston tomorrow. Just so all of you can envy our fun times here in Beantown.

Good night for now, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!


Leprechaun Jack!   - Oct 30, 2004 9:20 pm (#2140 of 2977)

I just got back from Connecticut and saw the best bumper sticker ,it said... "Republicans for Voldemort" I got quite the tickle over that.




The giant squid   - Oct 31, 2004 12:30 am (#2141 of 2977)

Nice pics, Gina...but, um, you've got something on your nose. I'm surprised--I never thought Severus would approve of such a thing.

Jack, that definitely is a great bumper sticker. It even beats the one I currently have sitting next to my monitor, which reads, "Where are we going? Why am I in this handbasket?"

Happy Hallowe'en, everyone, and a pleasant All Saints Day if I don't get back before tomorrow.



Elanor   - Oct 31, 2004 2:16 am (#2142 of 2977)


Happy Halloween everyone!


legolas   Oct 31, 2004 2:16 am (#2143 of 2977)

Have fun with the clue you all.


septentrion   - Oct 31, 2004 4:43 am (#2144 of 2977)

Gina, your photos are great and it was nice to put faces on names. BTW I really like your Slytherin tie. Why am I in Ravenclaw when I don't like blue?

Julia and Becca, I'm eager to see your photos as well. I really need to meet some forumers...


ShelterGirl  - Oct 31, 2004 5:20 am (#2145 of 2977)


I hope everyone gets all of the treats they want.

Julia and Becca, I hope you're having a wonderful time. Boston is wonderful to visit, and the best part is that every other door is a Dunkin Donuts. The smell of coffee and donuts everywhere is a fantastic thing.


Daioma Dumbledore   Oct 31, 2004 5:59 am (#2146 of 2977)

Happy Halloween Everyone! I hope you all had wonderful parties, I'm looking forward to seeing some of your photos

Over here at the moment we're in the middle of Spring Racing Fever (horse racing), and it's the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, which for those that don't know is a huge race, (I believe Melbourne is about the only place in the world that has a public holiday for a horse race!) And I live just around the corner from the race track, so we've been able to watch all the people coming and going, all dressed up in their fabulous outfits, well they look fabulous when arriving, when they leave..... well lets just say there are lots of girls carrying their shoes! . We're not going, the crowds are just too much, and it's quite expensive (I'd have to buy a new fab outfit including a hat of course!) and since we just bought our 3rd truck and are trying to buy a house and planning on getting engaged, you could say we are trying to watch our money

Well this has turned into a very long post Hope you are all well


  Gina R Snape     - Oct 31, 2004 7:43 am (#2147 of 2977)

Thank you Mike and septentrion.

Mike, alas my nose is not as lovely as Severus' so I must find a way to enhance it. Anyway, nobody 'allows' me to have a nose ring! I choose to have one. Period.

Septentrion, I think only a Ravenclaw would go so far as to question her house allegiance by virtue of not liking the house colours!

EDIT: I find it so funny that some of you don't know what I look like. I have posted pictures of myself before. Alas, with every wave of new members it is like starting over! Heh. This time last year a few people even chimed in that they recognised me from the BBC news when they aired the Love Actually premiere in NYC.


legolas   Oct 31, 2004 8:00 am (#2148 of 2977)

Just got back from watching Finding Neverland. Some people were asking a few days ago what people thought.

I thought that the film was excellent and I would recommend that you all go and see it. It was very entertaining and fun to watch someone’s creativity in action e.g How JM Barrie came up with his ideas. The story was tinged with sadness throughout. If you want a happy uplifting film then its not for you. Throughout the film Societies disapproval is very apparent.

The casting was spot on-especially the boy that played Peter. Finally the Scottish accent. Its most definitely one of the best that I have heard from a non native.


DJ Evans   - Oct 31, 2004 8:45 am (#2149 of 2977)

Late last night I had typed a post on here and was "just" about through when I hit some key on my keyboard accidently and "BAM" it was all gone -- nothing!!!! I was so tired that I said the heck with it and just figured I'd try to remember everything this morning!! Sheeeeeesh!! But I'm not too upset cause when I got online this morning there were something like 67 posts to Jo's web site!!! Jo thank you so much for another tidbit for us to ponder for a while!!!

Gina!! A bunch of thanks for the pics!! I know we shouldn't confuse the movies with real life, but I have to admit Chris doesn't look like he's be Percyish at all. Looks like he would be a nice guy and fun to be around. You & Kasse were so lucky to have that chance to meet him and get to talk to him. I most likely would have stood there like a total idiot till the security people came along and quietly took me away!! Oh and by the way Gina? I was right!!! I would have known right off the bat that you were dressed in Slytherin clothes! Those other folks are just plain old "gits" if you ask me!! hee hee

Julia & Becca -- I was going to say y'all have a great time during your visit, but it seems like you already are!!! Can't wait to see the pics from your time up there Julia. And yes, please let Betty know that we're still thinking about her and hope all is going well with her.

Mike (aka Giant Squid): Deb, I'm not sure about when filming starts on PotC2, but it's listed on IMDb as releasing in 2006, so an early 2005 shoot date would be about right. And yes, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones is apparently going to play Captain Jack Sparrow's father in the sequel.

Mike, so sorry that I didn't say thanks for replying back to my earlier post. So "thanks"!!! I'm glad to know that I didn't dream all of that. Hmmm, Keith Richards as Jack's dad? That ought to be interesting!!

Well, that's about all I had in my original post or I think it is. I'm sure I've forgotten something. Anyhoo, I'm just sitting here waiting for Peeves to come through so I can get the keys up again.

Later, Deb

P.S. Now you really didn't think I was going to end this post before saying:



Chemyst   - Oct 31, 2004 11:15 am (#2150 of 2977)

We are having such a lovely indian summer day here that JKR's website will just have to wait.

but - after three weeks of brewing up my avatar, I did have to stop in to check the final result...

and now, it's off to romp in the great outdoors.

Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 31, 2004 2:02 pm (#2151 of 2977)


Hi all

Happy Halloween.

Off to make things go bump in the night!! HA HA HA



Padfoot   - Oct 31, 2004 3:20 pm (#2152 of 2977)

Happy Halloween everyone!


legolas   Oct 31, 2004 3:26 pm (#2153 of 2977)

Nice Avatar


  Catherine    - Oct 31, 2004 4:40 pm (#2154 of 2977)

Happy Halloween to the Forum!

We've had a lovely evening. It was Indian Summer here as well, and the night was balmy and perfect for trick-or-treating.

I loved watching my beautiful bride and fairy traipsing through the neighborhood. They got so much candy that Hayley could not carry her pumpkin home. Even my arm was tired by the time we finished.

I wore my Harry Potter glasses, and was gratified when one or two people knew who I was. Mr. Catherine, the in-house Potions Master, made a witch's cauldron that contained dry ice and bubbled and misted most eerily.

Hope there are more treats than tricks, and that everyone has had great night.

Thanks, Jo, for updating your site-it's a wonderful treat.

*waves to Loopy Lupin and is glad that he felt better in time for Halloween.*


Leprechaun Jack!   - Oct 31, 2004 4:45 pm (#2155 of 2977)

Albus Glumbumble: And is Leprechaun Jack! really Irish, or is he taking the mick out of us?

- I really am Irish/American. My mother is first generation American. For anyone who knows their Irish history I am a descendent of one of the Irish 9. Thomas Francis Meagher on my mother’s side.



Leprechaun Jack!   - Oct 31, 2004 5:24 pm (#2156 of 2977)

I added this in too late to edit it in the previous message:

Well tomorrow is supposed to be the closing of my house. With everything that has gone wrong in the last two weeks I'm a bit afraid to believe that there wont be a problem... However I am ever hopeful.

So, keep me in good thoughts, say a prayer, or send some good luck spells my way, if you have the time. I will be chewing my finger nails and possibly my fingers in anticipation of the final signing.



Daioma Dumbledore   Oct 31, 2004 5:38 pm (#2157 of 2977)

Jack, Spending you good luck charms right now! I'm sure it will all go wonderfully, Best Of Luck


DJ Evans   - Oct 31, 2004 6:16 pm (#2158 of 2977)

Jack, you know we've got you in our good wishes!!! That's a give me!!! So needless to say "GOOD LUCK" tomorrow Jack!!! May the powers that be shine upon you and everything flows as smoothly as they can!!!

Later, Deb


Julia.   - Oct 31, 2004 7:21 pm (#2159 of 2977)

Good luck Jack! *sends good luck charms Jack's way* Do try not to wear your fingers down to the knuckles.

Well, I'm back safely in Connecticut after a fun weekend in Boston with Becca. I spent this morning with another friend of mine who goes to school at Simmons. The Barns and Noble at the Pru is the biggest bookstore I've ever seen! Even though I already have one, I bought a 'Complete works of Shakespeare' because it was leather bound and pretty and was only twenty dollars. Obviously, I wasn't thinking about my shoulders when I bought it, schlepping it back home in my book bag was not fun. We spent a good portion of the morning in that store. Unfortunately, Becca and her mum couldn't locate her camera, and mine is sitting at home in New Haven, so we don't have any pics from our funtimes in Beantown.

Ah well, Must be off, almost time for sleeping now. Good night, and Happy Halloween everyone!


  Prefect Marcus    - Oct 31, 2004 7:52 pm (#2160 of 2977)

New Avatar!


Marie E. - Oct 31, 2004 8:21 pm (#2161 of 2977)

Great avatar, Marcus!

We defied Colorado weather and made it out before the rain started. Colorado Springs is notorious for bad weather on Halloween and, as usual, rain and snow were predicted for tonight. Luckily the rain didn't start until 7:15, when we were heading home. The girls got so much candy that Lexie told a lady that she had enough candy. Imagine a five year saying she has enough candy!!!

Happy Halloween everyone!!


Padfoot   - Oct 31, 2004 8:31 pm (#2162 of 2977)

Ah but now it's snowing! Typical Halloween weather for Colorado. Brrrr.....


Marie E. - Oct 31, 2004 9:00 pm (#2163 of 2977)

Yep, it's snowing now. About two inches on my car. I am so glad it didn't start until after we were done trick or treating. We haven't had a decent Halloween since 2001.


Kasse   - Oct 31, 2004 10:49 pm (#2164 of 2977)

I know that I am late but I did not get a chance to wish everyone a happy halloween so here it is... HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL

PS: I am so proud of my new avatar, finally one that I made all by myself

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The giant squid   - Nov 1, 2004 3:02 am (#2165 of 2977)

Imagine a five year old saying she has enough candy!!! -- Marie E.

Only in my family... Chat & Greetings 2004 - Page 8 1242194059   Mind you, these are the same kids who, a few Christmases ago, actually thought they had too many presents!! I tell ya, it's hard to spoil my nieces when everyone else gets to them first. I guess I'll have to fall back on Monica Gellar's bit: "I will always have gum."

makes mental note to buy gum



Fawkes Forever - Nov 1, 2004 4:35 am (#2166 of 2977)

Oh where do I start... stupid work keeping me busy again... had a 'few' mini crisis situations over the last week... but all solved now thankfully.

Daioma, I'm in Ireland... so I don't know if I'm online at the same time as yourself... but at least I'm not a full day behind you

Hope Betty is doing well.. sending her some big hugs... Julia, let her know she's in my thoughts & prayers

Sue.. I can't believe you where at REM in Slane as well.. hee hee. However, we might have missed one another in the 80,000 strong crowd, that & we didn't know each other then We seem to have a habit of being in the same place at the same time, i.e. me being over in your home town last summer... who knows we may actually get to meet one of these days

mollis... welcome back & big huggies of congratulations to you. TBE's congrats to you as well, hope Mummy & baby are doing well, & give Dominick a big hug from us all.

Jack, sending you loads of luck ... been there & know the stress of buying property, so sending you some cheering charms as well, just to keep you going through the madness of it all. And wow, you're related to Thomas Francis Meagher... hee hee, must a bit of a rebel in you then I've never actually researched my geneology, truth be known I don't know much past my great grandparents (& very little about them as well). I really wouldn't know where to start, & knowing me I'd probably find out I was related to somebody horrid... hee hee! I may get round to that someday

Padfoot, I can't believe you have snow... we're just battling through flood water for the last week... bad storms & the like... not nice... but hey it cleared up in time for Hallowe'en

We didn't get any trick or treaters last night... just as well, seeing as I had no sweets to offer them... just some peanuts & grapes... hmmm, I'm sure they would have loved me

Gina thats a fabulous web site for fan art. Oh & great photos... Chris looks totally non Percyish... and d'uh, it's so obvious that you are a slytherin. Stupid people really! I think I remember watching the Love Actually premiere on TV trying to see if I could see you, & thinking every woman with dark hair was you ... hee hee!

Kasse it's lovely to finally see you By the way, are you wearing a pink hoodie? I might get round to posting a pic of myself one of these days... but don't want to scare all you nice people... but hey... it is (was) Hallowe'en, so who knows

Hope everyone enjoyed the extra hour in bed yesterday
Right, back to work... TTFN


septentrion   - Nov 1, 2004 8:08 am (#2167 of 2977)

Fawkes, you're working today ? I thought nobody worked on All Saints Day.

Jack, I wish I knew the stress of buying property but my purse is still far behind the prices. Good luck to you !

No snow here, and not much rain but a lot of grey. A time to keep your slippers on and to hang on the forum !


Chemyst   - Nov 1, 2004 9:27 am (#2168 of 2977)

Ah, today begins the 50% off sale for halloween chocolate! Life is good.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 1, 2004 9:46 am (#2169 of 2977)

Well, now that it is November, "The Simpsons" new Halloween special will be on November 7, 2004. Enjoy!


VeronikaG   - Nov 1, 2004 11:38 am (#2170 of 2977)

Happy November my friends!

On the 12th we get another shot at dsl. After we wrote a little letter to the phone company and complained about how unfair it all was, they have decided that they'll try to get us dsl after all. So now I can be up all night at week-ends reading theories. YAY!

Any news on Forum Mommy?


Accio Sirius   Nov 1, 2004 11:49 am (#2171 of 2977)

Hello all,

Gina, great pictures. Love your glasses, love Chris' shirt. Very un-Percy like!

We had a great Halloween. It was packed in our neighborhood and some people really did up the haunted house theme! The kids loved it. Alas, we did not win the yard decorating contest, and we have some candy left over! What to do, what to do!


timrew   - Nov 1, 2004 11:55 am (#2172 of 2977)

I just got the DVD of "Black Adder's Christmas Carol", and (although I'd seen it before) I'd totally forgotten the entrance of the ghost of Christmas Present.

The door falls inward and in steps Robbie Coltrane (as the ghost) with this bright light behind him. He also had a huge beard!

The comparison to the entrance of Hagrid in PS/SS, the movie, was uncanny! I was almost expecting him to say, "Sorry about that!"


  Catherine    - Nov 1, 2004 12:04 pm (#2173 of 2977)

Alas, we did not win the yard decorating contest--Accio Sirius

Sorry about that! Console yourself with the leftover candy!

I have been Evil Slacker Mom this November 1st by sneaking treats from the kiddys' stash. There was a wonderful supply of the mini Butterfingers this year, and I just can't stay away from them, alas earwax. We had so much candy so early this year that I was already gorged on Snickers bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!

Perhaps I will follow Chemyst's example and buy some 50% off treats when I go to the store today...mmmm...Butterfingers....

Happy Monday and All Saints' Day to those who observe.


Julia.   - Nov 1, 2004 12:17 pm (#2174 of 2977)

Catherine, you should wait a week or so before buying candy, it'll be more like 75 or perhaps even 90% off.

I think I'm becomming a Ravenclaw. I got my midterms back to day and I got B- on both of them! And I'm not happy with this!


Good Evans   - Nov 1, 2004 12:25 pm (#2175 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 1, 2004 11:25 am

OOOOOHH peanut butter cups - my absolute favourite and I've not seen them in this country for soo long. *stomps off in huff...stops... Accio peanut butter cups????? ..... humph!!*

Well done Julia !!


legolas   Nov 1, 2004 1:01 pm (#2176 of 2977)

Don’t beat yourself up about the grades Julia-They are good. Just think that you now know where you can improve.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 1, 2004 1:03 pm (#2177 of 2977)

Chin up Julia. Nothing wrong with a good, healthy "B-"!

I am quite done with candy for a while as my teeth are starting to hurt. I did have fun, carved some pumpkins. That's about it. I must say, though, for a year when Hallowe'en fell on a Sunday, the Saturday night "scarefest" was notably absent on many channels. I was very pouty.


Phoenix song  - Nov 1, 2004 2:14 pm (#2178 of 2977)

Loopy Lupin: I think that the networks were saving the "scarefest" for tomorrow night when they'll be presenting election coverage. No, I'm HONESTLY not trying to make any political statements. I'm just commenting on how unusually tense everyone seems to be about this election. I've never seen anything like it before.

Good Evans: Where are you from that there aren't any peanut butter cups? That's just inhumane! I just LOVE them. (Too much I'm afraid.) I also love those little Butterfingers that Catherine was talking about. They seem to be even better than the original sized ones, but maybe that's just my imagination at work. I managed to go to the store today and completely restrain myself from buying the reduced candy. This is a major step for me, as I've rarely met reduced priced candy that I didn't like (or buy or eat for that matter.)

Have a good day everybody!



Accio Sirius   Nov 1, 2004 2:48 pm (#2179 of 2977)

Phoenix Song, I hear you about the election. Everything is soooo tense, it is making me crazy. My family is split down the middle politically. We make a point not to talk politics so as not to always argue. My mother actually called me today to check in and say she loves me no matter what but we probably can't talk for a while until way after the election! Still, Trick or Treating last night was such a wonderful experience. My neighborhood was like a Speilberg movie. Loads of kids all over the place, people sitting outside enjoying beautiful weather and just enjoying making the kids happy (no matter whose political sign was in the yard)! I am going to try and hold on to that good feeling.


Acceber  - Nov 1, 2004 3:21 pm (#2180 of 2977)

Happy Belated Halloween!

Julia and I had a most awesome time and I'm sorry I promised we'd take pictures, but my mum forgot to bring her camera into Boston (Julia-she could find it, but only the 35 mm one and we need the digital to get pics up here). Still, it was great to (finally) meet another Forumer and I hope I can meet more of you someday soon.

Off to steal my sister's Halloween candy and check out JKR's site! Tata!


Denise P.   - Nov 1, 2004 3:46 pm (#2181 of 2977)

We carved 4 pumpkins (bat, cat, owl and spider), painted 3 pumpkins (spider, witch, and hand) and had 5 fake pumpkins with various faces out on our porch last night. After spending 45 min out, we came home for the annual "Mom is taking all the gum out of our bag!" event. Some lucky kids who came after we got home were the proud new owners of the gum.

Catherine, you are not a Slacker Mom for sneaking the candy...you are a Quality Control Mom. You MUST test out the quality of the candy before they pass the little lips of your young ones...didn't you get that memo last week?  Chat & Greetings 2004 - Page 8 2752390508

It looks like we are coming to the final time before Mr. Denise arrives home from foreign parts. No exact date yet but within 3 weeks! Woo hoo! More than likely I will know the exact date when the phone rings and he says "I am at the airfield, can you come pick me up?" The kids are not very excited since they realize that the planes break down far too often and he will be here when he gets here. Someone, who shall remain nameless, was disgusted that I was not more excited about the impending arrival. Dates change too often and we get excited when planes are actually in the air or already landed locally.


Padfoot   - Nov 1, 2004 4:20 pm (#2182 of 2977)

Congrats Denise on the soon return of your hubby.

I have some good news myself. I got a job! I start tomorrow. Ok it isn't what I really want to do but it is an actual job. I had an interview with this firm a while ago but they didn't want to give me any money. Now they are offering almost what I was making before. So I have accepted the job but will continue to look elsewhere. At least this will bring in $$$. Although because of some stupid rule they have I won't get paid until December 1st. Oh well. At least I will now be employed once more. My parents and grandparents have graciously sent me money to tide me over until then. Wasn't that nice of them? I think so. The firm I will be working for will be residential home developers. But have I mentioned that I now have a job! This is such a relief.


  Catherine    - Nov 1, 2004 4:37 pm (#2183 of 2977)

W00t! Padfoot, Congrats, you caught the Snitch! I'm pleased for your good news, and thanks for sharing that with us.

I will not congratulate Denise & Co. just yet on Mr. Denise's imminent arrival. I will wait until he has safely touched down and been swarmed with the hugs of his patient wife and children! **only three more weeks! Yay!** Thanks for letting us know, Denise. It's happy news like Padfoot's job and Mr. Denise's homecoming that make my day when I read the chat thread.

Loopy, you didn't mention how you carved your pumpkins. Simpsons theme, perhaps? Glad you are feeling better and among us again.

Hmm...wonder what kind of half-priced candy Chemyst got? And how is Lupin is Lupin?

Have a good evening, everyone. We enjoyed temperatures of 86 degrees here today, which was a real treat for November 1st. Talk about Indian Summer! **didn't mean to rub it in for the Colorado Forumers who had snow last night!**

See you all around the Forum.


Julia.   - Nov 1, 2004 4:39 pm (#2184 of 2977)

YAY!!! Mazel tov on the new job Padfoot! Employment is such a good thing, as is the money it will bring in. Have a butterbeer on me. *hands Padfoot butterbeer*

Denise, hubby comming home is wonderful news. No worries about not being excited now, I'm sure you're just saving it for when you actually get that phone call.

Thanks for the well wishes about my grades everyone. B- is a perfectly good grade, I'm just upset about the grading. I got a 50 out of 55, but I lost 14 points on the IDs! Grrrrrr!


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 1, 2004 4:47 pm (#2185 of 2977)

I will say congrats once more Cynde. Does everyone love my new name? I was formerly Sleeping Beauty and will be again soon.



Leprechaun Jack!   - Nov 1, 2004 5:10 pm (#2186 of 2977)

I won’t bore you all with the long and dreadful day I had but suffice it to say

WOO HOO I'm a home owner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Life is good!!!!

Denise- Congrats on the homecoming of Mr. Denise.

Julia- I think it time for the students’ prayer. This is said with a pencil in your teeth.

Can't Think

Born Dumb

Inspiration Won’t Come

No Ink

Lousy Pen

Good Luck




  Catherine    - Nov 1, 2004 5:12 pm (#2187 of 2977)

Does everyone love my new name? I was formerly Sleeping Beauty and will be again soon. – Leila

Um, can I still call you Leila? **does perfunctory curtsey to the Queen**

Darn. I wish I were Queen. Or Empress.

**loves Crowns**


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 1, 2004 5:30 pm (#2188 of 2977)

Someone, who shall remain nameless, was disgusted that I was not more excited about the impending arrival.---Denise

Har, har, Denise. Very subtle. I believe my disgust was due to the fact that Greg would be welcomed with a, "Here, hold the baby, I've got to get the boys to Scouts" by way of a greeting rather than with something slightly more, shall we say, ardent? I believe I suggested a visit to a certain store whose name, since this is a family-friendly forum, shall remain secret.

Padfoot, congratulations on the job front. Steady income helps the Halloween candy go down.

Halloween was lovely in Massachusetts. We had picture perfect weather. The children were not nearly so driven in covering the ground as I was at their age. Something tells me they get too much candy all the rest of the year. Mom might have to reevaluate this.

I wish I had a digital camera. The cemetery across the street has glorious oaks and maples whose leaves were raining down today in a profusion of autumn color. My sympathies to those of you who don't experience this display. It's simply amazing.

Unbeknownst to me, my second grade son had an assignment to count, sort and count again his Halloween candy after a night of Trick-or-Treating. Are they serious? After a Sunday night of shameless candy begging the only thing my children are fit for is the annual "Parental Candy Inspection", ingestion of a few choice parent-approved candy bits, a thorough teeth-brushing and bed. I had a few choice words to say about the public school system to my friends after I found out about the assignment from the other playground moms, but I won't bore you with them here. I'm sure my feelings are plain enough.

Loopy, glad to see you're feeling. I too bemoaned the lack of scary flick choices. I mean, how many times can you watch little Damien on his tricycle???

Catherine, I'm more of a 3 Musketeers (love the swords ) and 100 Grand type of girl myself. Can anyone else remember when they were the $100,000 Dollar Bar? Ahhhh, the memories.

EDIT: Darn. I wish I were Queen. Or Empress.---Catherine

You wish you were? Who are you kidding?


  Catherine    - Nov 1, 2004 6:13 pm (#2189 of 2977)

I wish I were Queen. Or Empress.---Catherine

You wish you were? Who are you kidding? --Lupin is Lupin

Aww, shucks. You're just being really sweet, Kim, I can tell!

Can anyone else remember when they were the $100,000 Dollar Bar? Ahhhh, the memories. –Kim

Oh, I do. Except that my family reminds me that I called it the "Hundred Million Dollar Bar" when I was four. I guess I didn't know about inflation, or how to correctly quote at that point. Hopefully, I've learned about both issues the hard way.....


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 1, 2004 6:15 pm (#2190 of 2977)

Congratulations on the new job, Padfoot!!! wOOt!

So, when are you taking us all out for a celebratory butterbeer? Oh, what the heck. Snape Ice Teas and Dragonberry Drinks all 'round! Been awhile since I passed those around...


  Ladybug220 - Nov 1, 2004 6:16 pm (#2191 of 2977)

Padfoot - congrats on the job!

Jack - I am jealous - I want to be a homeowner too. Oh well, I will just have to be patient a couple more years.

Denise - that is wonderful news! I know you will be quite happy when he is safely back.

Well, you all would be proud of me - I managed to check the forum several times my first day on my new job. I decided not to risk posting but it is a laid back office so I know that I can do that in the future. I will be doing a lot of "working from home" once I get settled in and have more regular work. It is also nice to be in a place where the leaves actually change color in the fall. In Alabama, it stays warm for so long that the leaves just turn brown and fall off mid to late November.


Penny Lane.   - Nov 1, 2004 6:24 pm (#2192 of 2977)

Mmm. 3 Musketeers. But my favorite has to be the Mounds bars and the Almond Joys. and of course the almond m&m's..

Denise, is there a reason that you don't allow your children gum besides the fact that most people look rather silly chewing like a cow all day long?

OH 100 grand bars are good too.. and so is that one that starts with a "C" and has carmel and chocolate.. Carmello or something. YUM. - I wish I had gone trick-or-treating. I know I might be a bit old at 22, but see, I'm only 5'1. I can pass for 14. Really i can.

My Halloween weekend consisted of A HUGE scary movie fest with "Scream" (not scary), "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (both new and old, we watched the sequel earlier in the week), Halloween 2, and The Ring. It was great, as (with the exception of scream and the ring) we were jumping and yelling and having just a fun time of trying to creep each other out.

Lupin is Lupin: I just noticed your bi-line. I was wonder what the other theory is that you object to so strongly.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 1, 2004 6:28 pm (#2193 of 2977)

Empress Catherine, Leila will suffice. As for the rest of the rabble, it is Queen Leila.



  Catherine    - Nov 1, 2004 6:30 pm (#2194 of 2977)


I no longer live in the Chapel Hill/Durham area, but I can still dispense un-asked-for advice.

We moved from Chapel Hill in 1995, and moved back to Eastern NC in 1998. We still visit the Triangle, and while I am not privy to ALL the changes, I still have a handle on what the folks do there. And if you want to eat Southern fare like Shrimp and Grits, I can tell you to go eat 'em at Crooks' Corner.

BTW, the NC Museum of Art, while nothing compared to anything in Philly or NYC, still has some Old Master Paintings worth visiting. At this time, they are hosting a Matisse/Picasso exhibit that I will want to come see. I would love to see you, and anyone else in the Triangle Area there **waves to Eponine and Shelter Girl, and others**

They had an okay Sunday brunch last time I was there, and if the piano music was a bit--'50's--well, we can have good laugh, can we not?

Cheers, Ladybug, and Good Luck!

EDIT:: Empress Catherine, Leila will suffice. As for the rest of the rabble, it is Queen Leila. –Leila

Leila, flattery will get you everywhere! Have fun being Queen! **bows to Kim**


Padfoot   - Nov 1, 2004 6:32 pm (#2195 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 1, 2004 5:34 pm

Thanks for the Butterbeer, Snape Ice Teas and Dragonberry Drinks. Yum! Thanks also for all the well wishes.

Congratulations Jack on your home! I am glad everything went well. It's always a headache to go through but feels so nice to be a home owner after all that paper work is done. Are you tired of signing your name yet?

How is your new job then Ladybug? Sounds like you are enjoying it. It's always nice to be in a laid back office.

*Bows to your highness Leila*


Chemyst   - Nov 1, 2004 6:36 pm (#2196 of 2977)

Congratulations, Padfoot.   Woo-Hoo Jack!

Denise, I'm looking up a "best of times" charm to send your way. I guess airplanes are no more reliable than ships. My sister planned to visit me earlier this fall enroute to meet her son who was getting into Virginia Beach 'sometime during the week of'. (His boat came early so our visit was a day short.)

...wonder what kind of half-priced candy Chemyst got?    It was a Hersheys variety pack. The milk chocolate I share freely, the symphony bars I share if you are nice to me, and the special dark chocolate, ha ha, good luck!
I would like to take Julia's suggestion to wait a few days until the price dips 75%, but alas, the chocolate disapparates at 50%. The candy that is still on the shelf at 90% off is usually those pellets that taste like sour flour or the apple-cider flavor suckers in poorly printed cellophane wrappers.

Kim, I think it is time your son learns about the fine art of estimating. And on a separate subject, one of the best parts of the 'James is Lupin' theory going down in flames is that when you added "Natch' to your name, your posts could show up on the search function again. You're a fun read. Now please go post on some real threads.


Eponine- Nov 1, 2004 6:54 pm (#2197 of 2977)

Mmm...Halloween candy... We only had a few trick or treaters come by. The neighborhood we live in is unofficially a retirement community, and my husband and I are the youngest people living here. Most people had their porch lights off. I bought Blow-pops (suckers with gum inside) and Snickers bars to give out. This one little girl, as I'm putting the blow-pop inside her cute plastic pumpkin, looks up at me and asks rather disdainfully, "Do you have anything other than suckers?" I almost went for the Snickers, but her mother said, "NO! She doesn't!" Then she looked at the sucker, and said, "Does it have gum inside?" I said it did, and she got a big grin on her face and said "Oh, OK!" She couldn't have been older than 4 or 5, but I found it extremely amusing.

I was rather disappointed that there were no Harry Potter related costumes in my trick or treaters.

Ladybug, if you're in Hillsborough, you're about 15 minutes away from me. If you ever want to get together, just e-mail me or something. **Waves to Ladybug, Catherine, Shelter and anybody else in the vicinity**

Catherine, my best friend refers to herself as Evangeline, Empress of the World, so you can call yourself whatever you want to.

Congratulations on jobs, houses, babies, pets, and anything else that needs it. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!


Denise P.   - Nov 1, 2004 6:54 pm (#2198 of 2977)

Penny, I don't allow gum in the house because of several reasons.
1. It sticks in carpet
2. it sticks in hair
3. it sticks on furniture
4. they look like cows chewing their cud

I don't even buy bubble gum flavored toothpaste for them (and really, what brilliant mind decided to make toothpaste and pain reliever bubble gum flavored? They ruined grape soda for countless ages by making medicine grape flavored) Have you ever tried to find kid toothpaste that is not bubble gum flavored? Luckily, they are now coming out with some more choices.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 1, 2004 7:22 pm (#2199 of 2977)

And on a separate subject, one of the best parts of the 'James is Lupin' theory going down in flames is that when you added "Natch' to your name, your posts could show up on the search function again. You're a fun read. Now please go post on some real threads.---Chemyst

Why thank you, Chemyst. I had no idea I'd been searched. How flattering. ***blushes*** (Don't snigger, Catherine. I'm fair skinned and blush easily. ) I will try to post on the true threads, but recently my time has been consumed with pulling my house together before Thanksgiving. I've discovered that lack of horizontal space (does Christopher Lowell have a copyright on that phrase?) puts a real cramp in the display of Christmas decorations.

I like your 'estimation' suggestion. I'm just appalled at the encroachment of school on Halloween. Is nothing sacred?

You're bowing to me, Catherine? I don't believe it.

EDIT: Lupin is Lupin: I just noticed your bi-line. I was wonder what the other theory is that you object to so strongly.---Penny Lane

Well......I hate to besmirch any theory of Marcus'. Especially after he was so gracious when the "James is Lupin" theory crashed. But, truth be told, I'm a Harry/Ginny shipper and I'd just as soon plant a Pansy as praise one.


  Catherine    - Nov 1, 2004 7:57 pm (#2200 of 2977)

I like your 'estimation' suggestion. I'm just appalled at the encroachment of school on Halloween. Is nothing sacred? Lupin is Lupin

Nothing is sacred, anymore. Not here, at least. The only thing we can count on in elementary school is no "weekend" homework, which makes your son's assignment even more gratuitous.

Hmmm. Let's classify candy. So, what are the major categories? Edible, Okay, and Unedible? Or maybe Chocolate, Mixed with Chocolate, or BLAH? Or Snickers, Reeses, or Butterfingers?

I know what the teacher thinks is the "right" answer, but there are still so many good answers that may yet be right...

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Penny Lane.   - Nov 1, 2004 8:08 pm (#2201 of 2977)

Consider yourself lucky. When I was in 4th grade, my school decided that to combat the "evil spirits of Halloween" we were to attend this mandatory "Harvest Festival" instead. All costumes were to be approved first (nothing from movies or inappropriate or violent) and it was during trick or treat time. We basically had to go to the gymnasium and participate in fun "games" . It was like being forced to go to gym class for 3 hours, at night. Only parents had to come. Other years they would schedule parent teacher conferences or meetings. *Shrugs* Most of the parents hated it, but didn't bother to do anything.


DJ Evans   - Nov 1, 2004 8:31 pm (#2202 of 2977)

Chemyst -- I agree with you on the candy that is 75-90% off, it's all of the icky stuff that nobody will buy or it usually is at our store!!!! Mostly what is left over is stuff that I have to wonder why they even make it! I so meant to look for the Halloween Peeps and completely forgot about them until I saw a program on Halloween candy last night and they showed them!!! Urgggggh, & you know "they" will all be gone by now!!!

Peanut Butter Cups -- Hmm Hmm GOOD, especially frozen!!!! Then there is always the Babe Ruth's & Butterfingers candy bars too!!! Oh dear, I think I just gain 5 pounds just thinking about them!!! We didn't have any trick or treaters this year, but we never do. Living out in the country like we do, there just aren't any kids close to us. So I don't even have the luxury of saying I'm buying the candy for the kiddies!!! (But does that stop me? hee hee Heck NO)

Denise -- What better news than to hear that your hubby (minus the stache I'm sure? hee hee) will be home soon!!!! How long of a stay has he been on? No matter if it was just a day or over a year, I know you and the kids will be tickled to see him again!!!

Cynde -- And what a BIG day for you too!!! Oh I'm so happy to hear about your new job!!! CONGRATS a million times over!!! The butterbeers are on ME!!!!

Jack -- Man does the good news keep on coming or what? CONGRATS to you too. I knew you would get it. I'm so happy for you on your new home!!

Leila -- Hmmm, a Queen now are we? Have you by any chance bought your own island for us all (HP addicts) to gather on & live Happy Ever After? You must post a map so we will know how to get there!!! hee hee I'll start my packing tonight!!!

Later, Deb


Eponine- Nov 1, 2004 8:36 pm (#2203 of 2977)

Deb, did you know they make chocolate flavored cat peeps for Halloween? I can't find them anywhere here, and I have looked everywhere I can possibly think of. I love peeps...sugar covered marshmallows...mmmmmm I can't imagine how yummy they'd be chocolate flavored.


  Catherine    - Nov 1, 2004 8:38 pm (#2204 of 2977)

I'm a Harry/Ginny shipper and I'd just as soon plant a Pansy as praise one.--Lupin is Lupin

Maybe I should move this statement to a certain thread?

P.S. I wonder if Marcus has observed Pansies in Spring? They don't really live through the hot season here in the South, do they? Poor little annuals that look showy, but can't be a long-term survivor.

**off to look in vain for more Butterfingers in the kiddies' Halloween loot...**


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 1, 2004 9:03 pm (#2205 of 2977)

Loopy, glad to see you're feeling. I too bemoaned the lack of scary flick choices. I mean, how many times can you watch little Damien on his tricycle??? – Natch

Thanks. Actually, I would have been quite happy to see the original of anything. I kept catching "Damien II-- The Evil of Puberty"; "Exorcist II-- The Heretic" (The only heresy in the film was the script.); "Halloween IV" (There was a "IV"?); and "Scream 2" (Which is ok, but you should see Courtney Cox's raging anorexia in "Scream 3" if you really want a good fright.) What was up with that? Of course, I'd have settled for any of them on Saturday night, but alas, the only thing on was "Leprechaun" and the only thing scary in that is Jennifer Aniston's un-rhinoplastered nose.

Ah, I really am feeling better. **waves to Catherine***

Have a good Tuesday all.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 1, 2004 9:05 pm (#2206 of 2977)

Well, I did get this island on loan from the Lilliputs. However, I would advise you to wear shoes and bring that secret chamberpot.


Loopy, There were 7 Halloweens. But, I would avoid Halloween 3 like the plague,...*1 more day till halloween, halloween, halloween, silver shamrock* *shudders*


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 1, 2004 9:18 pm (#2207 of 2977)

Loopy, There were 7 Halloweens.—Leila

Pssst. I know this; I was making a joke. What's more, among the sequels, I really liked the anniversary deal with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her original role.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 1, 2004 9:30 pm (#2208 of 2977)

Loopy, were you lucky enough to not have suffered through Halloween 3? If you weren't, do not watch "Saw" because it has worse dialogue.



Julia.   - Nov 1, 2004 9:35 pm (#2209 of 2977)

Wow, I come back from reading a fanfic to 22 new posts. You'll please forgive me, but I didn't take notes.

First of all, Jack, Mazel tov on owning your own home!!! *hands Jack butterbeer*

Chemyst, w00t! I thought I was the only person on the earth who liked dark chocolate better than milk chocolate! Everyone around here things I'm crazy when I head straight for the dark.

Kim, are you serious about that candy counting thing? That's horrible. A nasty gram is deffinatly in order here. If that doesn't work we can always crucio them.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 1, 2004 9:38 pm (#2210 of 2977)

I would just tell the offending teach... "We's gots a whole smegload. And we is goin' to eats it for dinna". That'll make her smile.


DJ Evans   - Nov 1, 2004 9:48 pm (#2211 of 2977)

Eponine -- Yes, they were talking about the new chocolate Peeps!!! Wonder if they will be as good as the original flavor? hmmm, Chocolate flavored Peeps, heck of course they will -- I mean it's chocolate right? hee hee I will definitely look for them the next time I'm at the store. Though I don't have very high hope of finding them either!!!! NOT fair!!

Leila -- Well, darn it!! I was so hoping that we finally had our HP Island. I had my CD's, DVD's & Books all packed and ready to go there!! I was wanting to be the caretaker for the Owls -- as we would need them for our posts back to the Muggle world.

Oh before I forget, because I did in my first post tonight!! Johnny Depp is to be on Oprah tomorrow (Tuesday) for those who might be interested in seeing him on a talk show.

OK that is definitely it for tonight. I promise!!

Later, Deb


The giant squid   - Nov 1, 2004 10:01 pm (#2212 of 2977)

Denise, Cynde & Jack: congratulations on the good news!

Leila, I bow to your majesty. Don't worry, Catherine...after all, everyone's heard of Catherine the Great.

Loopy, I saw at least three different cable channels showing "scary" movies yesterday--FX, Sci-Fi & AMC. I know there were others. You just seem to have been surfing at the wrong time... I did notice an awful lot of sequels, though. Honestly, I have yet to see a horror sequel that's scarier than the original.



Leila 2X4B   - Nov 1, 2004 10:03 pm (#2213 of 2977)

Well, I accept many forms of tribute, Mike, and adulation is one of them.

Deb, are you sure that you do not want to go to the islands? The Lilliputs will never complain!



Marie E. - Nov 1, 2004 10:28 pm (#2214 of 2977)

I got a chance to try the new chocolate Peeps and my first thought was "needs more chocolate". Heehee. Really, though, they were pretty good.

Congratulations, Cynde and Jack!!! See how the power of hundreds of Potter maniacs can help!

Denise, I have figured out who everyone in that Halloween photo is except the mad scientist. You should have seen me counting off on my fingers "Ryan, Nicholas, Kaity, Iain...". I understand completely what you mean about military transport planes and their "reliability". Once my husband was supposed to be leaving and kept coming back home because of one snafu after another. It was like "leave already!". You can only say a tearful goodbye so many times and still remain sincere.


Denise P.   - Nov 1, 2004 10:54 pm (#2215 of 2977)

Wow Marie, you are observant. You are correct ::ding, ding, ding::: The Mad Scientist is not mine, he belongs to a neighbor. He just came along with us when we went out so I pulled him into the picture as well. Ryan, the Hunchback Creature, went as his creation and lisped "Yes, Master, Trick or Treat" the entire night, making me insane. The original plan was that all the boys (except Iain) would go as hunchbacks but we had a last minute game plan change...although they lobbied to be Hunchback Harry Potter and Hunchback Vampire.

. Once my husband was supposed to be leaving and kept coming back home because of one snafu after another. It was like "leave already!". You can only say a tearful goodbye so many times and still remain sincere.

Oh, isn't that the truth!! After the second good bye, I tell him to quit it. Stop telling me you are leaving, when you don't come home, I will know you finally left. And for those of you who think that is heartless...it does get very draining to say good bye, be ready to deal with the absence and then they show up again for dinner. A few times is one thing but when it starts going into a week.....


Elanor   - Nov 1, 2004 11:51 pm (#2216 of 2977)

Good morning everyone! It is already Tuesday morning here in France and I had the most scary waking up today. At 6.15 a.m., I was awakened by the fire siren, which only works when there is not enough fire-men at the fire station. Then I heard their trucks and ambulances stop in the street, right under my windows. So I got up, opened the window and saw that something terrible must have happened because there was a car, parked in the street, that was crushed under something huge. In fact, it was an accident that happened in a bakery that is in my street, a kind of explosion I think. Some people who work there were hurt but I don't think it is too serious, well I hope so at last! So, I decided that an early visit to the forum would be the best way to cheer me up this morning!

Congratulations to Padfoot, Julie and Jack! It is so good to hear such great news! I'm happy for you too Denise!

OK, I'm going to read what you wrote during the night! Bonne nuit / good night to you all, or good day if you're in another part of the world!


septentrion   - Nov 2, 2004 1:32 am (#2217 of 2977)

Hope you won't be too tired today Elanor ! *sending cheering charm to Burgundy*

Congrats to Julia, Jack, Denise and Cynde !


Elanor   - Nov 2, 2004 1:45 am (#2218 of 2977)

Thanks Septentrion! I hope you enjoyed your All Saints Day public holiday! School starts again on Thursday here and I have to work again to prepare it. So I guess it is not that bad that I got up so early... But, as you must have noticed, I am very good at "procrastination" because I manage to be here and print some stuff for school at the same time. It helps... LOL!

Have a wonderful day! Audrey


Fawkes Forever- Nov 2, 2004 2:02 am (#2219 of 2977)

Morning all, ... Bonjour to my French Buddies, who are awake at the same time as me By the way is that alright to say Bonjour in the morning?

Sept, unfortunately we no longer get the religious holidays as bank holidays or public holidays. However we still get a bank holiday in October, which this year fell the week before hallowe'en

Padfoot : 'Ok it isn't what I really want to do but it is an actual job'
Hee hee, thats true for most of us Congrats & good luck today.

Ladybug, glad to hear the new job is going well, and that you can still visit the Forum

Jack, well done... now the real madness starts.. hee hee, no I'm kidding (or am I? *insert evil laughter here*)

Denise... fingers, toes & eyes crossed that your Hubbie will be home within the month... oh & I love the hallowe'en piccy, the kids look really cute!

Leila, sorry Queen Leila, like the new name

Julia... you really are Hermione aren't you... hee hee! Now repeat after me.. 'A B- is a good grade, a B- is a good grade' Actually, I can't be harsh on you for that. I've recently started up guitar lessons... (I've had the thing for 5 years, so I decided I may as well learn how to play the thing properly) and I'm being very Hermione about the whole thing. I'm first to answer a question... & I'm beginning to get frustrated at the rest of the class as they're just too slow ... LOL.

Loopy... did you know the 'Leprechaun' in that movie was none other than Prof Flitwick (well the guy who plays the part of Flitwick you understand... I'm not trying to start a new theory that Flitwick is a Leprechaun & an evil one at that) ... Now there's an interesting fact you never actually needed to know

Right... off to an early morning meeting... think the dementors do it on purpose... a team meeting at 9am... that just isn't human



Marè   - Nov 2, 2004 2:06 am (#2220 of 2977)

Okay I just ploughed through lots and lots of posts on this thread and the jkr thread. Pfffft.

I have been away for four days, yes yesterday was a day off. Luckily somebody told me in time because I was ready to come to work. A whole four days no internet, what are they doing to me? (It could have been doable if I could have gone shopping, but the thing about holidays is that the shops are closed...)

Elanor, sounds scary indeed! Some kind of gas explosion maybe?

And to Gina and Kasse: what a lovely pictures ( you both look lovely too) Gina it is very obvious that you were dressed in Slytherin style. Didn't Chris notice? And he doesn't look to Percy_ish at all, it's the hair I guess, Percy is too much a control freak to have such "outstanding" hair.

Edit: waves to another fellow European who showed up
Fawkes I'm sitting behind my computer and I have with me my little book "What and how in French" that my parents brought me when they came to visit last weekend.
It says here that bonjour is used for: goodday, goodmorning and good midday (Not sure if that is appropriate english... )


Madam Poppy- Nov 2, 2004 2:24 am (#2221 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 2, 2004 1:27 am

It seems like forever since I stopped by to say hello. I've been busy working 40 hours a week at my "part-time" job. I went to Newport, Oregon with my hubby for his annual conference the last week of September. I caught a cold that hung off and on for 6 weeks...I finally went into the Doctor last friday after my third relapse.

My family has increased by 3 this last week. A family friend who lives in a small town 2 hours north of us became very very ill. His doctors sent him to our larger local hospital when they couldn't figure out what was wrong. Last Saturday night he took a turn for the worse and they air-lifted him to a Seattle hospital. We are taking care of his three children while his wife stays with him. We've had the baby, (age 14 months, and who also had Pneunomia (sp?) for six days and the 2 other children ages 3 & 7 have been here since Friday afternoon. I am so glad I was able to stay home when my children were small! Getting up at 3:00 am and 5:00 am and then working a full day is rough! Members of our church have been helping out while I'm at work. It has been hard on everybody. And worse of all, they still don't know what is exactly wrong with our friend! The latest estimate is that the kids will be with us through Sunday. So keep us in your thoughts.

Oh, on a lighter note, I'm an official Slacker Babysitter...I figured out that our dog makes a great emergency vacuum. He eats all the food the baby drops on the floor...my floors haven't been this clean for a long time! They have been washed and or vacuumed every day. Its also been about 17 years since I changed a diaper, walked a crying baby or gave an infant medicine. It's nice to know I still have my ol' magic touch.

Madam Poppy


septentrion   - Nov 2, 2004 2:25 am (#2222 of 2977)

Hi Europe !

Indeed Marè and Fawkes, you can safely use "bonjour" until the sun sets. From 5/6 pm, you begin to say "bonsoir" (good evening).

Are you still near Brest Marè ? I heard yesterday about a trial near Brest : a woman accused of witchcraft carried complaint for calumny or something (the motive isn't really clear) against a couple who accused her of having them cursed. The journalist on the radio was ROFL while telling the news, but obviously he hasn't heard of the Quiberon quidditch team, or else he would have known there's a wizards' dwelling in Brittany !

edit : you're very brave, madame Poppy ! sure you'll be in my prayers !


Elanor   - Nov 2, 2004 2:28 am (#2223 of 2977)

Bonjour Fawkes and Marè! Yes, "bonjour" is the best way to start a day! You can say "bon après-midi" if it is in the afternoon, "bonne soirée" if it is the evening and "bonne nuit" if it is at night.

Fawkes, I do sympathize... I hope you worked on your patronus lately!

Marè: I hope your enjoying your stay here! BTW, do you know that November the 11th is also a day off here?

Concerning the bakery, it was the oven that exploded. You should see it: there is no front wall anymore!

OK, I should definitely go back to work... Enough "procrastinations" for this morning! I love that word (even if I have to search it in my dictionary each time I want to use it because I can't remember it properly...).

EDIT: hi again Septentrion, you posted while I was writing! No more motivated than I am this morning, are you? LOL!

EDIT 2: My best wishes Madame Poppy, I will think a lot to you! (My computer didn't show me your message when I just posted.)


Marè   - Nov 2, 2004 3:31 am (#2224 of 2977)

Madam Poppy! So good to hear from you again. In your time of absence a new user showed up, called madam Pomfrey, who uses the same avatar as you do. For a moment I thought she was you, but she writes in a completely different style.
It is good to hear you are doing relatively okay, I'm sure your very busy, but how good of you to help your friend out.
And good for you, your dog is trying to help as much as he can!

And Septentrion, yes I'm still here for about five months, so maybe we could meet some day. I have however heard nothing about a witchtrial. I have no clue about what is going on in the world, no paper, no news. For some-one who used to read the paper from backwards to front and then from front to backwards each day it is disturbing to notice how I'm not missing it at all.
It is also rather noticeable that I have no idea what is going on in my own country, but know exactly what the weather is like across the globe (looks to this thread...)

And November 11, check. Apparently I also get the 12th of, except I have to sample each day for my experiment, so I might have to come back for ten minutes to do that.

So salut for now, I have to go do some serious stuff. tumtidum


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 2, 2004 6:32 am (#2225 of 2977)

Honestly, I have yet to see a horror sequel that's scarier than the original. – Mike

I thought "Aliens" was better than "Alien" (dinner table scene notwithstanding) if that counts as "horror." In particular, I was speaking of Saturday night when you would have thought it logical to run some good stuff all night. Alas.


  mollis     - Nov 2, 2004 7:33 am (#2226 of 2977)

Okay, I'm trying to be a good, dedicated reader of this thread again, so here goes:

Padfoot: Congratulations on your new job. May not be the job of your dreams, but as you said, money is nice to have. And hey, maybe you'll meet some interesting people or make connections to get you into a job you'd really love!

Denise: I really hope that your husband does indeed get to come home soon. I will keep him in my prayers.

Catherine: not sure if this was new or not, but I love the "Clue Stick"!!!

Jack: Congratulations on your new home! Now all the fun begins with decorating and unpacking and finding just the right spot for the furniture. It can be a handful at times, but it's all yours!

Fawkes: I too am re-learning my guitar. I've had mine about 6 years and I pick it up every couple of years and try to get good at it. I need to take some real lessons. But maybe private ones. I think I'd have the same problem as you!

And finally, Madam Poppy: Wow. Good luck with the baby-sitting! You have a very kind heart!

As for me, I have my doctor's appt. this afternoon and I am really hoping that we are able to have the sonogram done to determine the due date. I'd really like to know just how far along I am and also how much longer I'm going feel like crap. I'm holding onto the hope that as soon as I hit second trimester that the nausea and sleepiness will evaporate.

Well, happy Tuesday to you all! And everybody here in the U.S. make sure you go vote! This is gonna be a close one!


mike miller   - Nov 2, 2004 7:39 am (#2227 of 2977)

Boy, this is the day for congratulations: Padfoot's new job, Jack's new home, the imminant return of Denise's husband and Julia's grades. Great News!!!

On the candy front, my 9 year old daughter immediately sorted her "candy haul" into chocolate and non-chocolate. Personally, I'm partial to the classics, Snickers and Baby Ruth ($100 Grand bars are good too). They have a new Snickers called "Crunchers", a combination of a Snickers and a Krackle (Snikcers with Rice Crispies inside), that is really good.

Madame Poppy - It's good to hear from you again! Your devotion to those in need has not gone unnoticed. Unfortunately for us, my wife's part-time job seems to be going the other way. Her schedule had been 9am to 3pm five days a week, which is perfect for a family with school age children. Now it seems that they would like to drop one day per week and end the day at 2pm. Reality has been something in between, so we'll just have to see how things go.

Well, back to the "salt mines". I've a lovely 2 hour meeting about to start.

Fawkes - As you can tell from my avatar, I have a deep respect for those who can play the guitar. Keep it up!


  Catherine    - Nov 2, 2004 8:27 am (#2228 of 2977)

Happy Tuesday and Election Day.

Whew. I feel so relieved, as I voted by 9 a.m. I love our polling precinct, as there are seldom any lines at all! Just down the street at another one, people were already parking in people's lawns as early as 7:30 this morning. It was gratifying to see young people voting this morning, as our precint is mostly just our neighborhood and the students from ECU. Usually, I am the only person in the building under the age of 65 (our neighborhood has lots of seniors), but today I was pleased that I was an oldster! My friend who moved from our neighborhood in September called me this morning to say that she and her husband want to move back into our neighborhood just to be able to vote at their old precinct. I knew she'd miss us!

mollis, hope your nausea goes away soon, and enjoy your ultrasound. They are so cool. When I was pregnant with Hayley, Claire looked at the ultrasound picture of an 8 week-old Hayley and when we asked her if she thought it was (which was impossible to decipher), she didn't say, "Girl" or "Boy." She said, "A peanut." So until Hayley was born, she was "the Peanut."

Love the big-haired avatar, Loopy. I also liked your evaluation of the horror flicks. It was great, and there were several SPEW moments there.

Leila, thanks for sharing your Queendom with me. I think I better leave you to your island; my glass slippers are putting the Lilliputians in danger, I fear! I think I might still wear the crown, though!

**does beauty-queen style wave at the Forum**

Have a great day, folks!


  mollis     - Nov 2, 2004 8:38 am (#2229 of 2977)

Catherine - That is so funny that you say that. My husband has already begun doing that. He asks me how "peanut" is doing throughout the day. It's pretty cute. **rushes off to go find a peanut smilie...**


Denise P.   - Nov 2, 2004 9:18 am (#2230 of 2977)

My area has early voting so I voted last week. If you are registered, go vote!

Since so many of the polling areas are in schools, our school system closed school for the day. I had planned to take the kids to a new park that was built in 3 days back in June. Alas, earwax, it is pouring down rain and we are stuck inside instead. Had I gone grocery shopping yesterday, we could make some cookies but laundry won out yesterday.


Julia.   - Nov 2, 2004 9:33 am (#2231 of 2977)

Yay for voting! I voted absentee yesterday. The only problem is that I don't get a cool sticker.

I always loved election day because we had the day off from school. I used to spend the day sleeping late and maybe doing a little work. When I was younger my parents always hated it because it meant that one of them had to take the day off from work and stay home with us.

Anyway, I have one more exam this afternoon, so I'm off to go study! Have a great day and every American who hasn't already...GO VOTE!


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 2, 2004 9:58 am (#2232 of 2977)

Thank you Catherine. I think the big hair is pretty fabulous myself.


Chemyst   - Nov 2, 2004 10:10 am (#2233 of 2977)

Madam Poppy, wow, even your dog pitches in to help! I hope they can get a correct diagnosis of your friend soon.

Kim, I started using the search feature a lot last summer after the Lexicon began experiencing its growth spurt. But I could never find you among all the Lupins.

Well, on the noon news, the top story was about how long the voting lines are. Hm, if that is important, my wait was 50 minutes.

Loopy, it's the pink bow that really makes the big hair work – it is so important to accessorize.


  Prefect Marcus    - Nov 2, 2004 10:49 am (#2234 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 2, 2004 9:49 am

To all Forum Members who are registered to vote in the U.S.

Today we have the opportunity to exercise a great privilege, that of the voting franchise. Countless thousands have died to give you that right. You owe it to them, yourselves, and the country to thoughtfully consider the candidates, weigh the issues carefully in your mind, and then go and let your voice be heard by voting.


VeronikaG   - Nov 2, 2004 10:58 am (#2235 of 2977)


To Jack for having a new house.

To Denise for getting hubby home. Is his service finished now?

To Padfoot for getting a job. It's always easier to get a job when you already have one, so just hang in there.

Good luck!

To Madame Poppy for baby sitting.

To mollis on her doctors appointment and motherhood in general.

To Fawkes for re-learning the guitar.

School is crazy these days, but I'll try to keep up with the forum and my favourite threads. Maybe I'll stop lurking and actually start posting in some of them again. Now that I'm getting dsl Internet (probably) I can be logged on as long as I want not having to fear Billy Boy.

Have a good election day! This is huge, even outside the US. Some of my friends are planning to stay up all night with candy.


Good Evans   - Nov 2, 2004 11:32 am (#2236 of 2977)

congrats padfoot and jack

keep up the good work madam Poppy!!

Congratulations on your coronation Queen Leila, may I pass you an orb or a crown???? *kneels in respect*

Denise - I know how you feel my husband used to work away fom home and the goodbyes were always hard. Mind you the wine and choccies while he was away without guilt was always a plus!!!!

happy election day US. Make sure you exercise your right to vote, remember that people fought and died for you to have that right . I always say that over here too... remember Mrs Pankhurst et al.

oh - and I am in the UK and if anyone knows where I can buy peanut butter cups over here please tell me. You used to get them in Woolworths but I haven't seen them for about three years now anywhere. mmmmmmmnnnnnnn


  Catherine    - Nov 2, 2004 11:46 am (#2237 of 2977)


Thank you for the rousing rhetoric. Well done, and I am pleased to announce that in your sentiments on voting, I absolutely agree with you!

Chemyst, I like the palette you've chosen for your avatar. I also agree with you about the pink bow in Loopy's avatar; accessories are so vital.

Julia, I voted in person today, and both my husband and I were sad that we did not get a sticker. **pouts** That would have made a nice accessory today, alas earwax.

Turns out there is to be a mini-election in my future. I just found out that I've been nominated to serve on the Board for the Humane Society, and the vote is next week. I don't think I will campaign, though, because I think we've all had quite enough of that lately!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 2, 2004 11:56 am (#2238 of 2977)

I also agree with you about the pink bow in Loopy's avatar; accessories are so vital.---Catherine

Which makes me ask, what color are the jewels in your crown, Catherine?


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 2, 2004 12:32 pm (#2239 of 2977)

Well, I just got back from voting! Woohoo.

Once the U.S. election is over, the next political position I am anxious to hear about is the next Minister for Magic!!!

btw, to all of you kind enough to notice my Slytherin tie, I might also mention I had on my Slytherin jumper last week as well. :shakes head: Stupid muggles.

Denise, I thought of you today. This will make you laugh, I hope. After voting, I did a little shopping and I passed by Katz deli. Their slogan for over 60 years now is "Send a salami to your boy in the army" and it's painted on their building storefront. You are the only person I know whose family lives on an army base (army, right?) and so it just made me think of you.


  Catherine    - Nov 2, 2004 12:36 pm (#2240 of 2977)

Which makes me ask, what color are the jewels in your crown, Catherine? --Lupin is Lupin

My everyday crown, or my special-occasion crown?


popkinNov 2, 2004 12:48 pm (#2241 of 2977)

Catherine, I got an "I voted" sticker, too, but it fell off.

In years past, we were able to take our kids to vote with us and they got to "vote" on the practice ballots. They stopped letting the kids do that last year. It's too bad. The kids were establishing a very good habit, and they felt great about it.


scully jonesNov 2, 2004 12:59 pm (#2242 of 2977)

I sent out for my absentee ballot weeks ago, but I never got it. No voting for me, I guess. I called that 866-MYVOTE1 number, but they just told me to contact my county clerk or whatever.

Everything else has been great, though... My brother's very happy being a daddy, baby just came home. Makana Faith is her name, so strange. Anyway!



I Am Used Vlad   - Nov 2, 2004 1:17 pm (#2243 of 2977)

I was away over the weekend so I'm jumping back here:

Loopy, you did inspire me to watch City Lights and I did like the movie.

Congratulations to Denise, Padfoot, Jack and anyone else who needs it.

Leila, I agree that Halloween 3 should be avoided at all costs. I saw it 20 years ago and the Silver Shamrock song is still stuck in my head.


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 2, 2004 1:17 pm (#2244 of 2977)

I didn't get a sticker!

S'ok. I probably would've lost it anyway...


Penny Lane.   - Nov 2, 2004 1:29 pm (#2245 of 2977)

Halloween 3 isn't anything like the others. They should take the "Halloween" part off of it's title and just call it "Movie which shall not ever be watched again"

I didn't get a sticker either. As I forgot to pick up an absentee ballot, I was only eligible to vote for president. Kind of deprressing because we have 2 big issues on the Michigan ballot this year.


Mrs. Sirius- Nov 2, 2004 1:38 pm (#2246 of 2977)

I just voted too. I would like everyone to know, especially students, that there is a new federal law the permits people who are not registered to vote, to cast their ballots. This provision allows you to vote for president ONLY. You need to have ID such as a drivers license. All registrars of voters should know about this. I was working at my poll and young man who wasn't registered came, he was taken to the office where he was permitted to vote. So if you didn't get an absentee ballot or you are far from home you may still cast you vote.

(If this message is inappropriate please delete and my apologies, however this applies equally to everyone)


Eponine- Nov 2, 2004 2:20 pm (#2247 of 2977)

I got a sticker! I just got back from the polling place. There were no lines at all when I got there. I heard on the radio about some people waiting 2 hours in the rain to vote.

Happy election day to all in the U.S. and happy Tuesday to everyone else!


Mrs. Sirius - Nov 2, 2004 2:39 pm (#2248 of 2977)

Yeah, yeahhh, you voted!!!!, you voted!!! CONGRATULATIONS Kasse and anyone elso who voted too!


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 2, 2004 2:44 pm (#2249 of 2977)

"Movie which shall not ever be watched again" -- Penny Lane

This title belongs to "The Village."

(No one thought I would let that go by, did they?)


Lina- Nov 2, 2004 2:48 pm (#2250 of 2977)

Well, it is a chit chat thread, why would it be inappropriate to talk about voting? As long as you don't say who for...

I remember a special date: April, 22 1990. - the first real voting in my country. The politicians have argued about the public holiday that would represent the day that the new country have come to life, they have even changed it at some time, but no one ever considered this day that is the most important from my point of view.

Unfortunately, the only voting where I fit into majority seems to be the JK Rowling's pool...

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Denise P.   - Nov 2, 2004 3:08 pm (#2251 of 2977)

Gina, too funny about the salami slogan. We don't actually live on the army post, we live in the town outside but close!

My sticker that I got this time around shows a flag on a blue background and says "Proud to Vote!" Last election, it was a tiny flag with a check mark that said "I Voted!" I actually still have it, I stuck it on my coupon box and it is still there.


dizzy lizzy - Nov 2, 2004 3:12 pm (#2252 of 2977)

Hi all! I am still getting over the results of our election in October (Australian), so I am looking with interest at the US election.

May I congrat Padfoot and Jack for their success in obtaining jobs and houses.

Madam poppy, I am sure your dog is enjoying the "newish" sensation that at last they can eat off the floor! My dogs (3 of them - one of which is my piccy) ablsolutely love cleaning up after the neicelings and nephew when they visit!

May I also say thank for a great site. I had no idea it was so addictive, even with the time differences thrown in which is making me dizzier by the minute....

Cheers Dizzy lizzy


dizzy lizzy - Nov 2, 2004 3:14 pm (#2253 of 2977)

Oh and denise I hope all is well and hubby comes home real soon!


Penny Lane.   - Nov 2, 2004 3:23 pm (#2254 of 2977)

Was "The Village" really that bad? I haven't heard anything about it really.

10 Worst Movies Ever:
"Scream 3" (While the trilogy wasn't great, the 3rd one was most definatly the worst)
"Superman 3" (What the heck happened? The first 2 were so good!)
"Pet Sematary 2" (The first one was NOT good enough to require a sequel
"Wrong Turn" (what was this even about?)
"Back to the Future 3" (The first 2 were so good! Such a disapointment)
"Child's Play" (The whole series - why did no one just step on the doll?)
"Titanic" (Talk about a lack of surprise ending)
"The Santa Clause 2" (another movie that was just "why")

I counted Titanic as 2 cause it was so long. And Superman 3 as 2 because it was just SO bad.

I wish the polls would hurry up and close. I'm so excited... not because I really think that either choice is great, but i guess all the fights and arguments that broke out in class today are just putting me in the mood.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 2, 2004 3:37 pm (#2255 of 2977)

Worst movies ever?

1.I Spit on Your Grave or DAY of Woman (a movie that should be burned)

2.Halloween Three (Silver Shamrock)

3.Saw (Diaglogue on Barney is better)

4. She-Devil (Well, Roseanne and Streep, need I say more?)

5. Terror Firmer(Llyod Kaufman needs therapy)

6.Blair Witch Project(This was just awful)

7. Manos the Hands of Fate(The actor killed himself and it bankrupted the only theatre it opened in and is now a part of MST3K)

8. Titanic(puke)

9.Cold Creek Manor(The Red herring did it)

10. "O" (Iago wasn't smart, funny, or conniving)


Julia.   - Nov 2, 2004 3:52 pm (#2256 of 2977)

Wow, I finally see that labeling Titanic as a chick flick and not seeing it ever was a good idea. I also see it was smart to avoid Blair Witch Project.

I can't really remember a huge list of movies that sucked, but I can tell you that 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" jumps to mind. Wow that movie was terrible.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 2, 2004 3:56 pm (#2257 of 2977)

My everyday crown, or my special-occasion crown?---Catherine

Oh, I can't stand the suspense Catherine. Both.

And what's this? Loopy's talking about The Village again? It's not that bad, I tell ya! And even if it is, the treat of watching Joaquin Phoenix balances it out. Mmmmmmm, Joaquin.

As for the worst movies ever, that would have to be LOTR 1, 2 and 3. They're bad enough, and long enough, to fill the entire list.


I Am Used Vlad   - Nov 2, 2004 3:57 pm (#2258 of 2977)

Leila, apparently you missed the MST3K episode featuring Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies. The movie was so bad that I didn't even enjoy Mike, Tom and Crow's jokes. It's the only episode I couldn't watch a second time.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 2, 2004 3:59 pm (#2259 of 2977)

Miss a MSTy? Never. I just think Manos was worse. I still adore KRANKOR. Was he in the Invadors from Neptune? What about Hobgoblins?



  Prefect Marcus    - Nov 2, 2004 4:28 pm (#2260 of 2977)

Well, I would not call these the worst movies ever made, but perhaps two of the most over-rated movies.

(1) Two Week's Notice: Normally I am a Sandra Bullock fan, but this movie left me cold. I never liked nor cared about either of the two main characters.

(2) You've Got Mail: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks should have rested on their Sleepless in Seattle laurels, but instead tried to go to the well one too many times. He spends the movie showing how little her feelings matter to him, and ultimately drives her out of business. So of course they fall in love. Yeah right!


Phoenix song  - Nov 2, 2004 4:46 pm (#2261 of 2977)

I didn't get a sticker when I went to vote! (NO FAIR!) I do wish that there was something set up for the kids. I took my kids into the booth with me, and just barely stopped the 5 yr old from hitting the large "votes cast" button that would have ended my voting session before I'd even had a chance to begin. (That would have been upsetting!) I can see where it would have seemed nearly irresistible to her, this large, lit up button there on the bottom. I'm so glad that she first said, "Can I press this button, Mommy?". The practice ballots for the children would help to teach them to value of voting.

Speaking of voting, I don't think that I could really vote for the 10 worst movies of all time. I try my best to forget them all. However, there are several that come to mind despite my best efforts to forget them.
"About Schmidt" (Kathy Bates naked is a mental image that I could have done without.)
"Lady Killers" (I didn't think that Tom Hanks could make a movie that I wouldn't like, I was wrong.)
"Scary Movie 2" (total waste of 2 hours of my life.)

Gina: I'm so pleased that you got to meet Chris! It sounds like it was a real blast! I can't believe that the muggles failed to notice your Slytherin "gear", but they never notice nothing, do they?

Loopy: I, too love the big hair pic. Although, now that the pink bow has been singled out I keep thinking about Umbridge's bow on top of her hair. (Alas, earwax, sort of ruined it for me.)

Congratulations Padfoot on the new job. Maybe it'll be exactly what you've been looking for in a job (besides just the extremely necessary paycheck, of course.)

Jack, I'm so pleased that you're finally finished with the nightmare of the house closing. I hope that your ulcer will begin to recede in the coming days. (I know what a headache it can all be!)

Madam Poppy: You're a saint to be such a good friend. I'm hopeful that your friend will heal soon, and that the children will be extraordinarily good in the meantime.

It's a shame that you're all battling illness. I'll be sending over some Pepper-Up potion as soon as my blasted owl returns. Have you seen him? I got him second hand, named Errol... Honestly, I hope that you're all doing much better soon.

Gotta go corral these kids. The rainy weather is making them a bit crazy.



I Am Used Vlad   - Nov 2, 2004 5:04 pm (#2262 of 2977)

Leila, if I remember correctly, Krankor was in Prince of Space.

Hobgoblins was a good one, but my favorite was Space Mutiny(the one where the captain looked like Santa).


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 2, 2004 5:11 pm (#2263 of 2977)

Vlad, I consulted with the master, my boyfriend owns the collection, and you are right, but Krankor made a guest apperance on the "Invasion of the Neptune Men" episode.



Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 2, 2004 5:33 pm (#2264 of 2977)

Hi Everyone! Hope you are all well.

Denise P. - I'm so pleased to hear Mr Denise P will be home shortly, I can understand, my brother & one of my old boyfriends are in the Navy here, you are a special kind of person to be able to cope with it, that's all I can say.

Padfoot, BIG congrats on getting the job.

Dizzy Lizzy, so nice to see another aussie in here! Where are you from?

I'll check in again later, I've got so many posts to catch up on, I haven't been here for a couple of days & you lot have just gone crazy with the posts!


  Catherine    - Nov 2, 2004 5:34 pm (#2265 of 2977)

Almost a month before Thanksgiving, I've been given a new reason to count my blessings.

I've seen so few of these "Top 10 Awfuls."

While I might be making a Forum record by agreeing with Marcus twice in one day in saying that Two Weeks Notice was just NOT a good movie, (not to mention that its title is incorrectly punctuated), I actually did like You've Got Mail.

Marcus' criticisms are valid, but I still liked that the two characters had an infatuation with the other's words, not status, appearance, or social manners. I remember being skeptical when I first saw the movie about people meeting and falling in love this way. Now, after being on the Forum, I can see that people can develop friendships and understandings based on words alone. That still amazes me, and I am deeply appreciative that I am not too old to learn something new and fun. So, I gave that movie another chance recently, and really enjoyed it much more.

**waves to the Forum**

Well, the polls are closing here about now, so I might actually turn on the TV tonight and see who is who, and what is what.

I meant what I said earlier. I am counting my blessings a wee bit early. My grandmother remembered when women gained the right to vote. I think I am fortunate to do my part today, and I thank everyone today who voted and who shared voting tips and stories. **waves to the Forum again**


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 2, 2004 5:39 pm (#2266 of 2977)

It seems so odd to me that you guys don't have to vote, here it is compulsory. It drives me crazy sometimes cause I don't like any of our politicians too much (too smarmy), but at least I have the right to complain about them if I want to.


Julia.   - Nov 2, 2004 5:51 pm (#2267 of 2977)

*waves back at Catherine* I've never seen You've got mail but I can understand how someone would feel this way pre-forum. Words are a great thing, and it's true! you really can fall in love online! *waves to Sarah and Brandon*

Barbie, I know few directionally challenged owls your dear Errol could have been taking directions from. *waves to Pig and Hawk*


Phoenix song  - Nov 2, 2004 5:53 pm (#2268 of 2977)

Daioma: You are required to vote? I mean, we consider it to be a privilege, a right, but not a requirement.

Believe me, though, we have the right to complain all that we want to about our government. We're just respecting the Forum philosophy by not doing it here. Besides, there is just SO much tension in this election out in the "real world" that I'm sure that we're not wanting to bring all of that ugliness here to our beloved forum.


Julia: I know! That owl's a menace! LOL!


Richard !!!Reid  Nov 2, 2004 6:02 pm (#2269 of 2977)

I am almost ashamed to say it - You've got Mail was not only a good film - as standards go, but I really enjoyed it. It was witty, but not too comical to become slapstick.

After saying that, I must go and find some Bruce Willis or Van Dam films - I have this strange need to toughen up.



Denise P.   - Nov 2, 2004 6:12 pm (#2270 of 2977)

A friend of mine lives in Darwin, she is in the Australian military. She told us that not only are they required to vote, they are fined if they don't go vote.


dizzy lizzy - Nov 2, 2004 6:25 pm (#2271 of 2977)

I'm back...I go away for 2 hours to a workshop and lunch and I gotta spend 1/2 hour catching up on the forum!

Thats right guys. In Australia if you don't vote you get fined (about $50.00 Australian).This rule is for all levels of government - Local, State and Federal.

Daioma (did I spell right?) I am so pleased to see another aussie. I come from Moree in Northwest NSW.

Denise, My brother is in the Army and I now reckon the wait to have them home is worse than sending them off in the first place.


Phoenix song  - Nov 2, 2004 6:41 pm (#2272 of 2977)

Wow! I'm not sure what to say about the "requirement" to vote in Australia. As important as voting is, there are totally legitimate reasons to prevent a person from voting. For example, my husband was supposed to be home right now and would have voted before leaving again. Last week, he found out that he wouldn't be allowed to come back home as he'd originally planned. It left him in a position of being too late to vote by absentee ballot, but not home to vote in person. There could also be sudden illnesses, accidents, no transportation, endless situations that could prevent voting. I'm just shocked, to say the least, at the requirement punishable by fine.

Does the Australian government make special allowances for these situations, or are they simply more accommodating in how people are allowed to vote? For example, voting by computer (though a possible security nightmare) could be very easy to accomplish for most everyone.

However, I am glad to have learned something new! This forum is so great in that it allows us a different view of the world, and the realization that people are still basically the same regardless of their location.

I think that I'm going to brave watching the election returns now!



dizzy lizzy - Nov 2, 2004 6:50 pm (#2273 of 2977)

Phoenix Song I have a very basic overview here for you. I have tried not to use jargon which may mean different things in the US System.

We have pre-poll voting (voting at a polling place in person before the day); postal voting (by mail); absentee voting (where you can vote at a polling place not in your electoral district) and mobile voting (esp for isolated communities and esp for indigenous communities) we are also given an opportunity to explain our "absence" prior to the fine being levied.

They have been mumbling about on-line voting for some time now but...

I agree that the more we talk to each other on the forum, the more we find out our similarities and become friends. And we've all got one thing in common right away, a love of (or an obsession with) Harry Potter and his world. Thats a good a springboard as any to get chatting with other people!

Cheers to all


Phoenix song  - Nov 2, 2004 7:09 pm (#2274 of 2977)

Thanks dizzy lizzy! It's nice to have more info. It's good that you're given different opportunities to either vote or to get excused from the vote. I think that voting is a wonderful thing, and I whole-heartedly encourage everyone to do so.

You're right that the best way to gather us all together is through our love of HP. I've found that loving these books can break down all sorts of boundaries. We are all so different and we are all so much alike. (And we are all SO looking forward to book 6! LOL!)

Thanks again!


Julia.   - Nov 2, 2004 7:18 pm (#2275 of 2977)

Sarah, mazel tov on your brother's new baby! Makana Faith, eh? That's a really pretty name. I'm sorry you didn't get to vote. Bad town clerk people! They need to sort out their priorities!


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 2, 2004 7:19 pm (#2276 of 2977)

Dizzy Lizzy, I'm glad you got here before I did and explained our voting system! And yes you spelt it right, but my proper name is Amber, Daioma is actually my middle name (I've had some very stern words with my mother regarding this fact!) I'm from Ascot Vale, Victoria, right next to Flemington Race Course, where the Melbourne Cup is held.

I can't say I believe it right that we have to vote, and many people here don't, therefore they cast 'dummy votes', they go and get checked off, but don't fill in the ballot. This is fine, but I have a “don't complain about it if you don't want to do anything about it” mentality to where those voters are concerned. This is treading a very fine line so I won't continue, I just wanted to clear up my previous statement.

Also, the fine for not voting is $100.00.


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 2, 2004 7:52 pm (#2277 of 2977)

I have a client who is from Panama. He told me that they are also required to vote in Panama, and everyone has an ID card. If the police walk up to you for any reason or none at all, and swipe your card, they can actually arrest you if you didn't vote in the last election.

This man is 82 years old and he was unbelievably excited about this election. He just became a citizen recently and could not wait to vote. It was very touching helping him fill out his voter registration card.


dizzy lizzy - Nov 2, 2004 7:52 pm (#2278 of 2977)

Daioma: Thanks for updating the fine amount and speaking of the Melbourne Cup, guess what! I finally won on the horsies yesterday! First time I've ever put a bet on (AUS$5 max) and won. I was supposed to be on the practice area of the forum yesterday practising my colour changes for my text but...the horsies won.

As you may have worked out, my first name is Elizabeth, but I'm often called lizzy or liz. I can hear the sharp "I" sound better in Lizzy and Liz better than the full name. Plus I knew I was in biiiig trouble when my mother said (or yelled) Elizabeth!!!! when I was a young lassie.


dizzy lizzy - Nov 2, 2004 7:54 pm (#2279 of 2977)

Gina, I note in your blurb you are a director of a homeless shelter. I work as an outreach worker for the Homeless person support team here in Moree. Gee its fun meeting new people!

Many grins to all



Pinky   - Nov 2, 2004 7:57 pm (#2280 of 2977)

dizzy lizzy, just so you know... there is a button at the top of your post called "edit". If you decide to post a second time, please use that edit button. You have up to 30 minutes to add to your first post. After that, you will need to make a brand new post. Congratulations on your horse sense! *grin*


dizzy lizzy - Nov 2, 2004 8:00 pm (#2281 of 2977)

Ta pinky, I use it to edit spelling mistakes I see when I first post, never occurred to me to use it to add another paragraph or two or three.



Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 2, 2004 8:10 pm (#2282 of 2977)

Lizzy, LOL about your mum calling you Elizabeth when you’re in trouble, I used to get exactly the same, except since no-one really shortens Amber, I always got AMBER DAIOMA! & when I heard that, it was time to run for the hills!

Well done on your good form on the races yesterday, my horse came in second, so I was happy with that.

I have so enjoyed this forum of late, I love talking to you all and finding out about you & your lives & the differences we have, it's just great.

Gina, I can't believe they get arrested in Panama for not voting & carry around scanable ID cards, that's amazing!


Mrs. Sirius- Nov 2, 2004 8:29 pm (#2283 of 2977)

Thumper! Denise it's been ages, it's nice to see Thumper back.


ShelterGirl  - Nov 2, 2004 8:34 pm (#2284 of 2977)

CONGRATS to everyone who deserves it these past few days. What an amazing journey I've had through the chat thread tonight.

I tell ya, your new man takes you out on his boat for the day and then makes you dinner so that you don't make it onto your computer and the whole place goes berserk...Wink


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 2, 2004 8:35 pm (#2285 of 2977)

Hi everyone. Just watching some returns. Glad everyone liked the big hair on Bart. More fabulosity to come this week.

Oh, Denise, I'm sorry I neglected to say this before. Yay, on the coming return of Mr. Denise!

Bad movies, eh? That's actually tougher than good movies in many ways. You can always pick on some poor film student's senior thesis. I try to keep it stuff that at least had a fighting chance. I don't have a full list, but here goes, in no particular order:

1. Gigli-- Sometimes you don't even need to have seen the movie to declare it bad. I never saw this movie, but I don't need to.

2. Anything directed by John Waters-- Yes, this includes "Hairspray." No, I haven't seen all of his movies. (See rationale explained above.) I understand the whole "cult following" but it was always lost on me. Thankfully, it shall remain so.

3. The Village--- See my collected works.

4. Blair Witch Project-- "Was that a movie? Man, I thought I was watching a wedding in the woods"-- Chris Rock.

5. Bringing Down the House-- Can we please allow this movie to be the very, very last time Hollywood thinks that old white guys trying to imitate hip hop culture is funny? Please?

6. The Swan Princess-- I believe this cartoon went straight to video. But, if we all act together, we can burn the copies while our daughters, nieces, etc. are sleeping. That way, we don't have to watch it again.

7. Hudson Hawke--- I can't describe my feelings about this thing on a family friendly forum.

8. Hannibal-- The ending was hysterical, not scary.

9. The Beach--- I wish the shark had eaten DiCaprio. This would have saved me some time.

10. Point Break--- Do I really need to comment here?

Good Night all.


Penny Lane.   - Nov 2, 2004 9:02 pm (#2286 of 2977)

Lupin: RE: THE BEACH ... I Totally forgot about this travesty of the film world. Thank you ever so much for reminding me that it wasn't just a bad dream. What was up with the end when he turned into a video game? Geez it was weird. I forgot to mention "Blair WitcH 2 : Book of Shadows" If you thought the first was bad.. WOW. I mean, If I believed in torture, I'd like to make the people who thought it should be released sit and watch it. Over and Over.

RE: Two Week's Notice and You've Got Mail

I really thought that Two Week's Notice was the better of the two "chick" flicks. I don't really like Meg Ryan all that much, and I liked Sandra Bullocks character. But the main this was that You've Got Mail just didn't end. I thought it just DRAGGED on and on and on .

Welcome to the Forum Lizzy!


Eponine- Nov 2, 2004 9:04 pm (#2287 of 2977)

Point Break...not a great movie, but when I went sky-diving, the plane we jumped out of was the same one used in the movie. At least they told us it was...

There are certain movies that I like to call "check-writers" as in you would have to write out a check for a considerable amount of money and hand it to me before I would ever consider watching it again. (or at all to begin with)

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation - This one was a waste of $1.50 and a very precious hour and a half of my life that I will never ever get back.

The Mask - I never understood what everyone found so dang hilarious about this movie. I didn't think it was funny in the slightest.

Timeline - Granted, I had just read the book when I saw this movie, but even if I hadn't I would still have found it completely ludicrous. It butchered the book beyond anything in my recent memory.

Ok, movies I've never seen and have no intention whatsoever of watching (even with the check)

Waterworld - "Hey, I got a great idea; let's make a movie where the whole earth is covered in WATER!!" "Yeah! That'll make us a FORTUNE!"

Blair Witch Project - America's Scariest Home Videos

Ishtar - There's a Far Side comic where this is the only movie available in Hell's Video Store

You Got Served - You got to be kidding me

That's all I can think of for now. Have a great day!


Padfoot   - Nov 2, 2004 10:24 pm (#2288 of 2977)

Hi all! Thanks for all the congratulations. I had a good first day at my new job. Everyone there seems friendly and helpful. Also they tell me I will be getting a company cell phone. I am not sure why I need this...but ok!

Worst movie ever? I don't need a top ten list, I just have one entry: Killer Clowns from Outer Space. It was probably on MST3K. Where else would I have seen something so awful?

I got up early this morning to go get my voting sticker. Was a long line but worth it.


LoopyforLupin- Nov 2, 2004 10:29 pm (#2289 of 2977)

Hi everyone! I’m  new to the posting messages, not to the forum itself, just want to say howdy

Blair witch was horrid and I'm glad I'll never have to watch it again.

I guess I agree with all the other movies posted above they were pretty sorry.


Denise P.   - Nov 2, 2004 11:03 pm (#2290 of 2977)

Mrs. Sirius, everyone has been behaving so nicely that Thumper was lonely. I brought him out of retirement for a bit.

On that note, I was always under the impression that Thumper was quoting his mother but he was just responding to Mama Bunny. "Thumper, what does your father say?" and then he responded. Guess it is true, you can find out ANYTHING on the internet! (Did a google search on Thumper quotes LOL)


The giant squid   - Nov 3, 2004 12:24 am (#2291 of 2977)

I thought "Aliens" was better than "Alien"—LoopyLupin

I stand corrected. As for the 10 worst movies...

Alien 4
Superman 4 (much worse than Superman 3)
The Clearing
Highlander 2 ("The Travesty")
Solaris (I got paid to see it, and I still want my money back)
anything starring Madonna
Napoleon Dynamite (people either love this movie or hate it. I'm in the latter category)
Alien From L.A. (another MST3K victim)

And, the absolute worst movie I've ever seen: Vegas In Space. I could only stomach about 10 minutes of it before I had to leave the room. My cousin, a connoisseur of bad Z-grade movies, lasted only 15 minutes. It was literally painful to watch. I still get a tic in my left eye just thinking about it.

As for voting, I voted two weeks ago (Nevada has early voting). As such, I've had to endure two weeks of political ads for no reason whatsoever.

LoopyforLupin and Dizzy Lizzy, welcome to the Forum!



septentrion   - Nov 3, 2004 1:55 am (#2292 of 2977)

Good morning everyone !

The medias here speak more of the american election than anything else. We're following the result as if we were American !

Worst movies ? il y a des jours et des lunes of Claude Lelouch. I nearly fell asleep with that one. Just an advice : avoid Claude Lelouch's movies.
dogville : my husband and I had to leave after 1/4
But I deeply disagree with some opinions about Blair Witch project I loved this film, I was scary till the end.


Elanor   - Nov 3, 2004 2:57 am (#2293 of 2977)

Good morning too! I just pop in to say hello and have a break while preparing my work for school that starts again tomorrow. I have 2 "classes" in my class ((first and second years). I've finished to prepare the work for my first years, and the courses the kids have in common, so, I just have to finish to prepare the work for the second years!

Septentrion is right, it is amazing how Medias here are following each detail of that election and keep us in suspense!

The worst movies ever?

Le pacte des Loups (the stupidest);

The village I know I shouldn't have gone to see it but I wanted to see the one who will play Mad-Eye in GoF. But it was also one of the funniest I ever saw since I went to see it with a friend of mine and we spent half the movie to make fun of it... So, finally, I don't regret it: it is just that the director is not aware that he did a comic movie...

Daredevil it was even not funny, just boring...

And a lot of French "turnips" (it is a French saying for third-rate films) that most of you will, fortunately for you, never see (as Les visiteurs or Asterix (the 1srt one)!

OK, I'd better go back to work...


Fawkes Forever- Nov 3, 2004 3:37 am (#2294 of 2977)

Bonjour Mes Amis *waves at Sept, Eleanor & the now very french Steffie* (Hope thats right, my french is very bad)

Well done to all who voted yesterday. There is great excitement in the office today, the results of the election is all anyone is talking about & of course everybody has an opinion I swear there's more talk about this than there was for our own European Elections back in May.

I agree with you all that exercising the right to vote is a very important one indeed. I fell between two stools for the last elections... bit like you Sarah. I'm no longer registered as a voter back up home & I hadn't been on the electrol register long enough in the Rep Of Ireland to qualify for a vote, so I was very peeved to say the least. I felt as though I was missing my chance to say my piece. What makes me more mad is the fact there is a lot of apathy here in regards to voting.... all I can say is, people have very short memories if they don't remember those who fought to give them that right! Sorry I'll stop before I say something that conflicts with accepted forum behavior.. Mods if I've said anything out of turn, please feel free to delete. *Watching Thumper warily*

I remember watching a news report a few years ago on the first general election to be held in an African country, sorry can't remember which country, where the people queued day & night before the polls opened to make sure they got their vote. I found that rather moving, the fact that they had fought to get their vote for so long & now finally they where getting their say.

Anyways... on a different note!

Good Evans, I know you can buy Peanut Butter Cups, Hersey Bars & Oreo Cookies in my local 'Spar' shop... haven't seen them in Woolies in a long time.

Thanks for the well wishes on my guitar lesson, had my third one last night, & they're going well, & I can play a few tunes now. However I never want to hear the song 'Horse with no Name' again for as long as I live! *sings nah nah nah nah nah nah!*

Worst Film ever.. 'Waiting to Exhale'... but to be fair I didn't see the whole movie... I fell asleep in the cinema...
That & those 'Ernest goes...' Movies...
Oh & a friend of mine whilst watching Alien 4 had to leave the theatre to be sick in the loo... we still tease him about that

Only 16 more days 'til we get POA on DVD... woohoo!

Hey Flame.. long time no hear... hope you're ok!


septentrion   - Nov 3, 2004 3:57 am (#2295 of 2977)

bonjour Fawkes ! Your french doesn't seem that bad !


Fawkes Forever- Nov 3, 2004 4:21 am (#2296 of 2977)

Believe me Sept... it's pretty bad . Any french I do have is little sentences that I picked up from going on Holidays to south Brittany as a kid... we used to stay quite near Quiberon actually Didn't see any quidditch games however


Marè   - Nov 3, 2004 4:55 am (#2297 of 2977)

Waves to Septentrion, Elanor and Fawkes! Hey you here? What a coincidence!

All the interest from the rest of the world for the american elections is quite logic: We don't get a vote in who's becoming president, but it will effect us as well.

I always vote (as the rest of the forumers it seems), we have a different voting system, one with several parties. I always check the things they stand for and how similar they are to my point of view.
So for different occasions (national vote, regional votes, european votes) I end up voting for different (but still similar) parties. But I always vote for a woman. Nothing against men, I just think there isn't enough girlpower in the highest regions yet... That and our voting system is not really "person" based so it seems a good way to pick a person as any other would be.

And worst movie, I was invited to a movie watching evening a week ago. We saw "Hellboy". The movie was so bad it was funny (for awhile). I thought it was a pretty old B-movie, and now I hear it is in the cinema's back home right now... Honoustly.
Another one is a dutch movie called the 14th chicken. (het 14e Kippetje). I'm still waiting for the Oh- that was the point of the movie - moment, and I saw it five years ago...


septentrion   - Nov 3, 2004 5:12 am (#2298 of 2977)

Hi Marè ! I wish we could meet one of these days but I bet you're farer from me in Brest than you were in Netherlands ! Check on internet : Amsterdam is less than 300 km from where I live, Brest is around 750 km far !


Marè   - Nov 3, 2004 6:09 am (#2299 of 2977)

LOL! I have the same thing now that my friends and I want to meet in Paris. It is possible that I'm the one who has to travel the longest!

But we should do some kind of European meet up, one day! and if only I knew my study schedule I would sign up for Accio 2000 and something immediately...

Might have to hop over there to see how long I can remain indecisive...


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 3, 2004 6:21 am (#2300 of 2977)

Up since 4, been monitoring this thread and couldn't help but notice, aren't the Europeans chatty in the morning?

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Leprechaun Jack!   - Nov 3, 2004 6:23 am (#2301 of 2977)

Thank you all for the well wishes. My ulcer has gone bye-bye, now I just have constant heartburn. Now the real fun begins, I am hiring Merry Maids (for those who don't know Merry Maids is a cleaning service. They have the funniest commercial with a bunch of ladies with dusters dancing to disco music.)to come in and do a thorough cleaning, between the 2 jobs I have I just don't have the time. Then Painting and new furniture and moving the ton of cr_p I've accumulated during 10 years of living in this last apartment. If anyone has some house elfs they would like to lend, I will happy to care and feed them for the duration.

Well for better or worse the election is over, I'm glad to see most, if not all of my fellow American forumers went out to vote.

Fawkes Forever- Have fun with the guitar lessons. I just received an e-mail from Flame She's having issues with her computer and should be back around soon. And to your earlier statement I come from a long line of rebels, so yes the blood has flowed down to me too. Although these days my most rebellious act is eating dessert first.

Good Evans- I feel for you I don't know what I'd do without my Peanut Butter Cups. They are the best when frozen. I keep a bag of them in the freezer for the times when I really need one.

LoopyforLupin- welcome to the forum and the chat thread. Jump right in we are a friendly bunch.



Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 3, 2004 6:27 am (#2302 of 2977)

Good Evening Everyone! I say that because it's almost 1am here, I really should be sleeping as I have to work tomorrow, but Ben is away on a trip and I find it really difficult to sleep when he's not around (sad I know, but it's true, don't know how Denise P copes!) so here am checking in to see what's going on.

I've been racking my brain for my worst movie, but I must of blocked it from my memory, although the only one I can think of right now is Scary Movie 2, that was just sick.


Denise P.   - Nov 3, 2004 7:21 am (#2303 of 2977)

Mike, you mean they made a second Highlander movie??!!?? (so she says sarcastically...in Highlander fandom, that is the general response that we make when the Film That Doesn't Exist comes up. It is pretty bad when the writers and producers even ask "What second Highlander movie?") TCBOO!

Bad movies...we walked out of Bringing Out The Dead but I agree with most of those listed so far.


Flame Alligator- Nov 3, 2004 7:36 am (#2304 of 2977)

* waving* Hi Everybody. Jack is indeed correct, I am having computer problems. Apparently, programs have been installed (while I was net surfing) behind my legitimate programs :???: and my computer guy is having a difficult time finding them.

I have been lurking, I just haven't had much to say. I know, how can a chatter box like me not have much to say?....... It happens. *chuckle*

OK...... on worst movies, I would have to throw in or offer up Plan 9 From Outer Space. Any of the Ed Wood movies would qualify and most of the "Drive-In" movies. *remembering many nights watching movies from dust til dawn at the Drive-in as a teenager* Yes, I WATCHED the movies. Mike, Giant Squid, What do you think? Do you know these films? I have seen so many movies over the decades it was hard to select the ten worst. I am one of those people who will watch a bad movie to the end, providing I can stay conscious. I consider it a test of my mental stamina.

I have a ton of errands today. Oh joy. *sarcasm* At least the sun is shining. Fall in Nebraska is usually gloomy and rainy.

We still don't have a new president yet. *suspense killing me*

Have a lovely Thursday.



Chemyst   - Nov 3, 2004 7:48 am (#2305 of 2977)

It's been interesting to read all the opinions & regulations on voting. I hope voting never becomes a mandatory requirement here. There are just too many mental dipsticks running around – Anyone who has ever seen some of the man-on-the-street interviews on late-night TV or has listened to similar questions on talk radio will know what I mean. An example: Jay Leno, pointing to the ocean, interviews a native Californian who was a student at a junior college- "What is that body of water called?" reply - "I don't know." (Jay Leno hinting) "Doesn't a big body of water like that pacify your soul?" She still could not get it.
Or, "Can you name one of the three branches of government?" - "Oak?"


septentrion   - Nov 3, 2004 7:54 am (#2306 of 2977)

LOL Chemyst ! We have the same mental dipsticks on this side of the Atlantic !


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Nov 3, 2004 7:56 am (#2307 of 2977)

Chemyst, that would have been funny, if it wasn't so sadly true! Some things can really make you go hmm, heh?


  Catherine    - Nov 3, 2004 8:17 am (#2308 of 2977)

Happy Wednesday to all!

Chemyst, I think that there are many mental dipsticks who need to get hit with the "Clue Stick." You just have to love democracy; their vote counts the same as yours!

I've been pondering the bad movie question. Most fortunately, I have avoided many of the horrors that have already been listed, and I will stipulate to those movies, trusting in the judgment of my peers here on the Forum.

Here's the rough draft of my Worst Movies list, in no particular order.

1. 9 1/2 Weeks: I am embarrassed to admit that I have seen this move. Mickey Rourke should be renamed "Icky" Rourke for his participation in this film.

2. Barney's Great Adventure: This movie was a gift from a loving grandparent, and after one viewing was quietly donated to the church preschool nursery. I figured the kids would be happy to come and sit quietly in church rather than view this film. The "plotline" centers around a mysterious egg, and the nicest thing I can say is that someone needed to make a big, tasty omelet....

3. Cry Baby: Someone must have shown him the Barney movie. **waves to Loopy Lupin** This John Waters movie was pure Crucio. (I will say that I am not a fan of Waters' work, but that I did see Hairspray on Broadway, and it was a great show, even if I did hate Waters' movie version of it).

4. Clash of the Titans: My dad took my brother and me to see this and he walked out halfway through and played video games in the lobby until the movie was over. Oh, Dame Maggie, how could you have appeared in this film?

5. Face/Off: If I were Travolta or Cage, I would never show my face again. Mr. Catherine chose this movie for the first date we had had in six months instead of the chick flick I was expecting. He owed me big time for that one.

6. Rocky IV: Sly, with all due respect, someone should have broken you before you could make this film.

7. Blue Velvet: I walked out of this when it was shown during a film festival back in my college days. I'd rather have my teeth drilled sans Novacaine than to ever see it again. Now the song "Blue Velvet" just gives me the creeps.

8. Mannequin: I watched this with friends back in high school, and they were amazed how vehemently I expressed my loathing for it.

9. Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold: There are no words to say how bad this movie is. I'd pay money to make this movie disappear into...

10. The Black Hole: The title says it all.

Cheers to all.


Eponine- Nov 3, 2004 8:31 am (#2309 of 2977)

My four year old niece adores Harry Potter. She is addicted to the movies and asks so many questions she's probably going to know the entire story before she's old enough to even read. Anyway, she calls Hermione "Too-miney" and Malfoy "Moufboy". He's also a "throwing-fit chicken".

I thought it was just too cute not to share. Have a great day!


Richard !!!Reid  Nov 3, 2004 9:51 am (#2310 of 2977)

Ok, Loopy's list was very accurate for me. Those films took bad into a whole new dimension.

Catherine, I loved Face/Off. I thought it was great. Travolta played the part to perfection - full of charisma, but Cage was a bit stale. A good film nevertheless.

These are my worst ever films, finishing with the worst film in existence.

10) Blair Witch Project 2 - The original was bad enough - why subject us to more torture. It was like someone put the DVD in, and muttered crucio

9) Sense and Sensibility - I am very ashamed to say that I have watched this. My mum put it on before I left for University, and I saw Alan Rickman. Well, thinking that I would give it a try for the only reason that he was in HP, I left the room 3 hours later feeling violated.

8 ) Finding Nemo - I may get beaten senseless from all the mothers - but that film - the plot was repetitive, it had been done before, and it was not in the slightest bit humorous.

7) The Terminal - Tom Hank's romantic comedy - allegedly. Speilberg is losing his touch, if that is the rubbish he is coming out with nowadays.

6) Traffic - Now, it's been a while since I have seen this film - thank God - But I still remember who just BAD it was. I found it impossible to follow the plot.

5) Street Fighter - I played the game, and that was enough.

4) Catch Me If You Can - I seem to be doing a bit of Speilberg bashing, but come on people - this was awful also. I was actually cheering for Tom Hanks to just catch him, lock him in jail, and YES, we can finally leave the cinema.

3) Saw - Well, this may have been a good film, but...I was eating a particularly big - and frightfully expensive - Hot Dog at the cimena, and after seeing some of the gore in that film - Well, put it like this, I wasted way too much money on a Hot dog that I could no longer eat.

2) The Time Machine - Up until this year, this was the single worst film I have ever had the unpleasure of sitting through. The plot was corny, acting was terrible and to be honest, that's the type of film that they should be showing to inmates at Azkaban. Forget Dementors - if you want someone to go very mad, very quickly, then this is the film to do it with.

1) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Ok, I have a lot of issues about this film, but there is probably a thread for it, so I will keep it short. I loved the book, until I watched this film. Therefore, it shall remain as the worst film ever, for damaging my young fragile mind. Rubbish acting, too much editing, not enough Harry Potter story.

Well, more than likely, I have bored you all to tears by now. However, after all, what are forum families for?



Chemyst   - Nov 3, 2004 10:13 am (#2311 of 2977)

Catherine, my kids loved Clash of the Titans. (I've never seen the whole thing at one sitting myself, but I've picked up 15 minutes here and 10 minutes there.) When it came time to read Dante's Divine Comedy, they took a cart-before-the-horse approach and commented, "Oh yeah, he's talking about that character in Clash of the Titans!"


  Catherine    - Nov 3, 2004 10:28 am (#2312 of 2977)

You have a point, Chemyst.

I have to admit that my brother and I liked Clash of the Titans at the time. We showed it during our unit on The Odyssey and I found myself realizing why Dad walked out! I saw it 5 times in a week, and now I'd really rather eat bubotuber pus than ever watch it again. So perhaps I was too harsh, but I don't think so.

EDIT: Richard, while I strenuously disagree with your assessment of Sense and Sensibility, I didn't like Catch Me If You Can, either. I wouldn't have included it on my "Worst" list, because Face/Off is there instead!


Richard !!!Reid  Nov 3, 2004 12:59 pm (#2313 of 2977)

Such a shame, that someone so young can be so wrong Catherine.


I Am Used Vlad   - Nov 3, 2004 1:25 pm (#2314 of 2977)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Battlefield Earth yet. It doesn't get much worse than that.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 3, 2004 1:59 pm (#2315 of 2977)

I actually love Clash Of the Titans. However, I am not a fan of Nick Cage. 8 mm was just painful.



Loopy Lupin   - Nov 3, 2004 2:19 pm (#2316 of 2977)

"Battlefield Earth"-- Was that the Travolta fiasco? I think so and it is another movie that I don't need to see to pan. Smile


Essidji- Nov 3, 2004 2:27 pm (#2317 of 2977)

Coucou! It's me, did you miss me as much as I did miss you?

The worst movie I have seen so far was "Charlie's Angels". I regretted to have sit down in that cinema from the 30 first seconds.


Phoenix song  - Nov 3, 2004 2:41 pm (#2318 of 2977)

Is there something going on with the Teletubbies today that I'm missing?



Julia.   - Nov 3, 2004 2:49 pm (#2319 of 2977)

I'm almost afraid to ask, but what's with the Teletubbies, and where are La La and Dipsy?


dizzy lizzy - Nov 3, 2004 2:50 pm (#2320 of 2977)

Good morning all. Its 8.45am in the morning here and I have just got to work and saw all these wonderful posts regarding worst films. I have to be really honest here and say I have never seen any of them. Oh I've heard of most through reviews etc, but being deaf and living in isolated areas for most of my life, movies never clicked with me (neither did TV for that matter). Now books are another matter...

I find the time differences here in this forum fascinating, but there are occasions where I'm think I'm getting dizzy with information overload!

Many grins to all


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 3, 2004 2:53 pm (#2321 of 2977)

You're not missing anything Barbie. Catherine and I are just exploring our inner children today. Smile


  Catherine    - Nov 3, 2004 2:58 pm (#2322 of 2977)

I've only seen two teletubbies today, Barbie! LOL! Did we start a trend?

I just changed my avatar so that Tinky Winky could have a ride, as Po is Tinky Winky's best friend.

Well, I haven't seen LaLa or Dipsy yet, but the day isn't over yet.


Denise P.   - Nov 3, 2004 3:10 pm (#2323 of 2977)

What is more disturbing?

A. Catherine has a Teletubbie as an avatar to begging with, or:
B. Catherine knows the names of all of them and can state which ones are missing.

You guys decide


  mollis     - Nov 3, 2004 3:13 pm (#2324 of 2977)

You forgot that she also knows which pairs are best friends!


  Catherine    - Nov 3, 2004 3:17 pm (#2325 of 2977)

I'm not proud that I know this.

Anyone want to Obliviate it all away?


timrew   - Nov 3, 2004 3:31 pm (#2326 of 2977)
Edited by Denise P. Nov 3, 2004 3:48 pm

Films that shouldn't be made:-

Titanic 2. It still sinks - but this time at the box-office, too!

Watership Down, the remake.......with REAL rabbits. Which reminds me of another turkey, "Night Of The Lepus". A movie in which rabbits become as big as houses, and go around eating people! Imagine trying to make a rabbit seem terrifying - it can't be done, no matter how much tomato ketchup you smear on its teeth! (NB:- and a "Lepus" is a hare, not a bloody rabbit!)

Rocky 12:- In which Rocky comes out of retirement to fight the new World Heavyweight Champion, Ronald Reagan.

Terminator 4:- A robot from the future becomes governor of California! Naaah! Who'd believe that?

The Sound Of Music 2:- She's back! And this time she's all tooled up and going to kick German butt! Some wonderful songs, though!

A remake of Alfie:- Oops! Too late!


Phoenix song  - Nov 3, 2004 3:47 pm (#2327 of 2977)

Catherine and Loopy: It's okay to explore your inner child. I was just getting concerned that I had missed something. I haven't been watching the news today (had enough of the election stuff already) and I was afraid that there had been another call to boycott the Teletubbies again.

I just realized that Tinky Winky (that is the purple one right?) has a red bag just like Neville's grandma's. (And Snape upon occasion.) "You know that you're a Harry Potter/Lexicon Forum Fan when you see references to Harry Potter even in ordinary PBS children's cartoons."

My kids use to watch them once upon a time. Now they're more into the Rugrats, the Fairy Oddparents, and Jimmy Neutron-Boy Genius. They grow up so fast! My 7 year old's favorite TV time is to watch Discover Kids. I encourage it, but it still amazes me!

Have a good evening everybody. I hope that you're in much nicer weather than I am!



  Catherine    - Nov 3, 2004 3:55 pm (#2328 of 2977)

Barbie, the reference to Boggart Snape and his handbag along with Tinky Winky's red purse made me SPEW. **hopes Gina doesn't Crucio us** Tubby Custard, anyone?

I, too, refused to watch the election coverage on TV, preferring to read the news on CNN. I'm tired of the talking heads. Ick.

At least here on the Forum we can be divided about the really important things, like glitches in the books, or the Harry/Pansy so-NOT-going-to-happen 'ship.


Phoenix song  - Nov 3, 2004 4:44 pm (#2329 of 2977)

Catherine: I agree totally. Let's stick to the important debates like that infamous sinking 'ship!



Leila 2X4B   - Nov 3, 2004 4:53 pm (#2330 of 2977)

Yes, I agree, except for one part. I think that the Harry/Pansy ship is not the sinking one. It is the Harry/Hermione one that should and will sink.

Long live HMS Harry/Pansy....for more detail see my H/P fan fiction on the Lexicon page.


Penny Lane.   - Nov 3, 2004 4:57 pm (#2331 of 2977)

You really refused to watch the election news? I watched it until 4 this morning, on CBS. I even forgot to study for my french test today, and when I got to class to take the test they asked for my labwork, which I had completely forgotten about. I ended up doing it in the 8 minutes I had to spare before class. Alas... I didn't do so well. I will be lucky if I manage a B. *pouts* I guess I have no one to blame but myself though.

Tim, that was the funniest thing I've read all day.

RE: The Teletubbies
I find them oddly hypnotic, and have occasionally watched them in the morning/late evening when suffering from a bout of insomnia. There's just something that sort of sucks you in.

If that infamous sinking ship is the harry/pansy bit, count me out. While I have no real intrest in ships (titanic dvd's included) I feel this one is just too... weird. Sorry.


The giant squid   - Nov 3, 2004 4:57 pm (#2332 of 2977)

Denise, I was waiting for that Highlander response from someone. You're right, it's a bad sign when Highlander 3 (which, admittedly, wasn't all that great either) completely ignores any and all reference to the previous one.

Flame Alligator, I didn't mention Plan 9 From Outer Space for two reasons: One, I've never actually seen it, and two, it's considered the "Official Worst Film Ever". It's effectively number 0 on everyone's list.

Fawkes Forever, I forgot to mention this last night, but kudos on picking up the guitar. I used to play, but--in keeping with my chairmanship of the Procrastinators' Society--my axe has been gathering dust for a deplorable amount of time now. Ironically, the reason I don't play is that I'm too "Hermione-ish"; I know exactly what I want it to sound like, and I get frustrated when it doesn't. Before long I find myself putting it down and logging onto the Forum instead.



Leila 2X4B   - Nov 3, 2004 4:59 pm (#2333 of 2977)

Plan Nine is not on my list because it is a darling of those who truly appreciate a good b-film. There is a HUGE difference between a good-bad movie and a just bad-bad-bad movie. If MST3K can make it good, then it is a good-bad movie. IF MST can't help, it should be burned...



The giant squid   - Nov 3, 2004 5:01 pm (#2334 of 2977)

Leila: That too.


Catherine- Nov 3, 2004 5:03 pm (#2335 of 2977)

I think that the Harry/Pansy ship is not the sinking one. It is the Harry/Hermione one that should and will sink. –Leila

Oh, finally. I hate being at odds with close friends and family. NOW we can agree, even if we two bickered the teensiest bit about Marietta!

But we can be in agreement about this 'ship. Harry and Hermione are not people that I would pick for romantic involvement.

Leila, give Trina a hug and kiss from Auntie Catherine.


Phoenix song  - Nov 3, 2004 5:39 pm (#2336 of 2977)

Are there actually people who think that Harry and Hermione could be a couple? EEKS! Too much like siblings for my taste! So we can agree that the Harry/Hermione ship is a sinker as well.

I didn't know that you wrote fan fic Leila!



  Catherine    - Nov 3, 2004 5:43 pm (#2337 of 2977)

Are there actually people who think that Harry and Hermione could be a couple? EEKS! Too much like siblings for my taste! –Barbie

Mine, too, Barbie; mine, too. EEK.



Julia.   - Nov 3, 2004 6:09 pm (#2338 of 2977)

I couldn't agree more, Catherine and Barbie.

Fawkes, yay for you for taking gituar lessons. I've always wanted to do that, perhaps one day...

BTW, Tubby custard! Tubby custard!


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 3, 2004 7:13 pm (#2339 of 2977)

Are there actually people who think that Harry and Hermione could be a couple? EEKS! Too much like siblings for my taste! –Barbie

I too completely agree!

I hope everyone is wonderful! I'm pretty darn good, just had my lunch so now I have a nice full belly & am a happy little vegemite


Denise P.   - Nov 3, 2004 7:18 pm (#2340 of 2977)

If you guys want to discuss a 'ship, please take it to the Haggis and Irn Bru "'Ship-'Ship (Exploring Relationships)" 11/3/04 2:03pm thread


dizzy lizzy - Nov 3, 2004 7:23 pm (#2341 of 2977)

Hey Daioma!

LOL I'm sitting here after eating too much lunch (tested out our new Subway) and trying to work out if I should continue surfing the forum or lie down on the floor of my office for a quick nap. Come to think of it ,if I fell asleep I'd miss my 2pm appointment.

Many grins to all



Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 3, 2004 7:27 pm (#2342 of 2977)

hi Lizzy! I completely understand the need to lie down after eating thing, although I was a good girl today, trying to stick to yet another diet But, that's what I get for loving my Italian mother-in-laws cooking too much

Hope you have a great day!

Welcome to all our new forum members, you'll love it in here


dizzy lizzy - Nov 3, 2004 7:36 pm (#2343 of 2977)

Daioma, do you find the time difference confusing or does it settle down after a while. I find it amusing that we're only just hitting our strides (if we're sleeping off lunch!) while its 6pmish where the forum server lives! and they're all thinking about tea!

I'll get as dizzy as my name one day methinks!


Chemyst   - Nov 3, 2004 7:49 pm (#2344 of 2977)

its 6pmish where the forum server lives! and they're all thinking about tea!
  Tea? On the Left Coast? I don't think so.


dizzy lizzy - Nov 3, 2004 7:50 pm (#2345 of 2977)

ah well (blush blush) I must be getting dizzy after all!


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Nov 3, 2004 8:15 pm (#2346 of 2977)

Tea, iced, please. No lemon!

Oh wait, wrong kind of tea, besides it's butterbeer time!

...toddles off to another thread... :-)


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 3, 2004 8:30 pm (#2347 of 2977)

Lizzy, I don't find it confusing but for a while there it was mildly frustrating, because normally when I wanted to really talk about something, which is normally once I'm at home & I've had dinner etc, there wasn't that many people around. But you get used to it. Now I just post when I can and know that someone will get back to me when they are around.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 3, 2004 9:38 pm (#2348 of 2977)

Empress Aunt Catherine, Katrina doesn't think you exist, but she never turns down a kiss from mom. Right now I am having an exhaustive time deciding to which my antecedent refers to in my paper.



Elanor   - Nov 3, 2004 11:22 pm (#2349 of 2977)

Hello everyone!

I just pop in to say hello before going to work. School starts again today after some (too) little fall holidays.

It is 7 a.m., but I really needed a little detour by the Forum before leaving for cheering me up! It will be hard not to check it during the day as I did during those holidays...

OK, my schoolbag is ready and I've worked on my "à la" McGonagall look yesterday, so I'd better go!

Good night to the across the Atlantic members, good afternoon if you're in Australia and good morning to my Europeans buddies who will get up soon! **waving to you all**

See you this evening! Audrey

BTW, I've e-mailed you Marè but I thought just after that your e-mail address may not work anymore since you moved: is it working?


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 3, 2004 11:38 pm (#2350 of 2977)

Good Morning to you Elanor! Enjoy your first day back at school.

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Post  Lady Arabella on Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:22 pm


Marè   - Nov 4, 2004 1:01 am (#2351 of 2977)

I'm here! And my e-mail works fine , I'll read your mail and will try to reply today; Good luck on your McGonnagal look.
And please everybody, stop talking about food or tea... I have just arrived at work realising that in my hurry I forgot to snatch my breakfast with me (= an apple). 3 and a half hours to go till lunch...

And sputter sputter, Finding Nemo as a bad movie? I have seen that one five times already, quote it at numerous occassions and am very sorry that I didn't take the DVD with me...
It has several funny jokes with deeper meanings, and some very cute references. They even suffer from nitrogen narcosis when they go too deep, how scientificaly correct is that!


Leprechaun Jack!   - Nov 4, 2004 2:07 am (#2352 of 2977)

A seamonkey took my money. Yes I'm a natural blue.

That has to be one of my favs.



septentrion   - Nov 4, 2004 2:37 am (#2353 of 2977)

Hi everyone !

work took me as soon as I arrived this morning so I couldn't come here straight. Now it's a little quieter. Have a good day everyone !

Essidji, you're missed !


  Catherine    - Nov 4, 2004 5:14 am (#2354 of 2977)

I like Finding Nemo, too, Mare. It was so nice to be able to go see a movie as a family, and have everyone enjoy it. That's an experience that I don't take for granted anymore.

Happy Thursday. Our Indian Summer seems to have faded away overnight. My early morning trip outside with the dogs proved that much. Gray, drizzly, and chilly. Phoebe, my senior shih-tzu, gave me a look of contempt that I expected her to visit the grass in such conditions. I think she's the real queen of the household.

Oh, and to answer Kim's question from two days ago: I usually don't drag out the diamond tiara until evening. For daytime, I prefer my understated pearl crown. :waves to Miss Manners:

Have a great day, everyone.


  mollis     - Nov 4, 2004 8:53 am (#2355 of 2977)

Anybody else have troubles getting on this morning?


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 4, 2004 8:56 am (#2356 of 2977)

Sheesh, finally got on here. I think it is a World Crossing problem.


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Nov 4, 2004 8:58 am (#2357 of 2977)

Not being able to reach the site let me actually get some work done this morning. :-)

Hello everyone! For those that attended the NC State fair you might want to read this if you haven't seen it already.


  mollis     - Nov 4, 2004 9:09 am (#2358 of 2977)

Eeeeewwww! Always wash your hands after something like that! Where is the common sense???


  Catherine    - Nov 4, 2004 9:41 am (#2359 of 2977)

Oh, yes, TBE, we've been getting lovely updates that topic for the last few days now in our local paper here in NC.

You're right about the hand-washing mollis, but the article fails to mention some pertinent info. As Eponine and Dobby's Tea Cozy and I visited the petting zoo, we can give a more accurate picture. Yes, as the article states, there were hand-washing stations. BUT, these stations lacked soap and paper towels. Dobby's Tea Cozy came prepared with hand sanitizer for the kiddies, thank goodness!

So, the point would be moot. I mean, if you did get bacteria on your hands, and you use your hands to turn on the sink, someone still has to turn the sink off. There weren't any paper towels available to use to turn off the water, never mind that I saw no soap. Such a dilemma.

There should be a law that public sinks must stock loads of paper towels to insulate one from having to touch anything.


Penny Lane.   - Nov 4, 2004 9:53 am (#2360 of 2977)

In some countries, there aren't any types of tissues in the bathrooms or public sinks. I have been keeping small packs of tissues, handy wipes, and . . .  what do you call those small pieces of fabric that people used to always carry back in the 20's?  I totally can't remember right now. Sometimes people make Monk jokes, but I haven't had a cold in almost 2 years. *knock on wood*

Personally, I'd like to see that here. It shouldn't be a business owner's responsibility to stock that stuff. Also, I can't even begin to tell you of the bathroom's I've seen in the US where people just rip chucks of paper towels out of the holder, use one and throw the rest on the floor. It's bad for the environment, and someone has to clean it up. And people who think they can just flush their disposable diapers down public toilets? As for washing your hands after touch animals? Common sense...but it's obvious that the majority of US citizens are lacking that when they ... (insert your own rant here)


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Nov 4, 2004 10:01 am (#2361 of 2977)

"Common sense...but it's obvious that the majority of US citizans are lacking that when they ..."

Just U.S. citizens? And a majority?

...toddles off to wash my hands of this and grab another cup of coffee...


Chemyst   - Nov 4, 2004 10:03 am (#2362 of 2977)

** wondering why the autocrat didn't decree soap & towels **


mike miller   - Nov 4, 2004 10:06 am (#2363 of 2977)

Finally made it in today. Been extremely busy with work (boring) and then had to spend over an hour with technical support. For some reason I was not connecting to the network. I've always wondered how everything could work one day and then not work the next!

On the worst movie front, how about Royal Tenanbuam's (not sure of the spelling). My wife rented that when it first came out on DVD and I couldn't make it past about 20 minutes.

Mike(Giant Squid) - I can't believe didn't like Waterworld. I guess you don't like to share your ocean. Honestly, it wasn't that good OR that bad. What was that movie with the intelligent Mako sharks?


  mollis     - Nov 4, 2004 10:22 am (#2364 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 4, 2004 9:22 am

OMG, Mike. The Royal Tennanbaum's was the worst! That is the only time I have ever fallen asleep in a movie theater! It was so awful!

And Penny Lane, what's up with "Common sense...but it's obvious that the majority of US citizans are lacking that when they ... (insert your own rant here)"? That's not so very nice....


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 4, 2004 10:30 am (#2365 of 2977)

So, the point would be moot. I mean, if you did get bacteria on your hands, and you use your hands to turn on the sink, someone still has to turn the sink off. There weren't any paper towels available to use to turn off the water, never mind that I saw no soap. Such a dilemma. – Catherine

Have you sought help for this Catherine? I mean, of course, I touch no fixtures in any public bathroom with my hands; indeed, I'm pretty adept with my feet. But, this is completely normal behavior.


  Catherine    - Nov 4, 2004 10:47 am (#2366 of 2977)

Oh, yes, I was being an autocrat! I was also teasing about mandating that business owners stock paper towels, before that goes any further. My point was that the hand-washing stations at the petting zoo lacked certain essentials to wash one's hands.

Along with being autocratic, I may be a little bit compulsive about some things, and no, I haven't sought help for that......yet.

Penny, I think your suggestion of carrying wipes, etc. with you is a good one. But, suppose that, at the fair, after petting Aberforth's goats that I reach into a bag or pocket to pull out a handkerchief, or tissue, or wipe. I may contaminate everything, if I haven't already washed my hands. And if I wash my hands first, I will get petting zoo germs on the faucet.

Perhaps I just need to get more adept with my feet like Loopy Lupin.

But, this is completely normal behavior. --Loopy Lupin

Of course it is. You're just as sane and normal as I am!


Eponine- Nov 4, 2004 10:56 am (#2367 of 2977)

Lovely. I certainly hope my niece and nephew don't have e. coli. What a great thing that would be! My sister did bring the antibacterial stuff so hopefully that killed anything.

When I was in college one summer, a big water park in Atlanta had a huge breakout of e. coli at the park in the kiddie pool section. There were several people from Chattanooga who got sick so it was a big deal there.

Well, I hope everyone is having a great day!


VeronikaG   - Nov 4, 2004 11:50 am (#2368 of 2977)

I'm a little bit angry with Loopy for saying Point Break was one of the 10 worst films he had seen. *pouts* I liked that film when I was 14!!

My 10 worst films: "Starship Troopers 2" and 9 Norwegians films you didn't see. Trust me, they are bad. The dialogue is unnatural, grown up actors sound like they are in shock, children like they are just reading from a book. There is no background music, and the sounds of squeeky floorboards and ticking clocks make the atmosphere gloomy. And the light is always bad. The worst one is "Black rain" (title translated), which was filmed almost entirely in a very dark room where people were having very depressive dialogues about how difficult life was after the nuclear explosion that had put society back to the 19th century.

How funny that you shop on "Spar" Fawkes! We have that chain too, and I wonder if it is Norwegian, because "spar" means "save (money)" in Norwegian. Is it cheaper, because here it isn't really.

By the way guys; I want book 6 soon! I want book 6! Soon! Anybody else? (Why do I ask? )


Accio Sirius   Nov 4, 2004 11:54 am (#2369 of 2977)

Veronika, I was just thinking about book 6 and how I could really use some good conquering evil right about now!!!

I'm also with you on Starship Troopers. I don't think I've ever watched the whole thing. I thought Van Helsing was awful, although Hugh Jackman made it watchable. I kind of enjoyed The Beach, but then again, I was still on heavy pain medication from a C-section.


Penny Lane.   - Nov 4, 2004 12:46 pm (#2370 of 2977)

As a psych major I am now wondering if anyone has examined the urge to pet animals in the first place. I mean, I have cats and I've been to petting zoo's before and I'm just as guilty... But is this an american thing to go out and touch goats, pigs, chickens, and llamas? Do other people in the world pay money to touch someone eles's animals?

mollis,I think you might have misunderstood me, and with good reason! That makes no sense. I wasn't trying to be mean, I was just saying that US citizens are well known for not having a whole lot of common sense at times. I think it's a case of one or two people casting a shadow over a whole group of people. For example, how one person decides to sue a fast food company because they ate too much and got fat... that, coupled with other frivolous  lawsuits is spread around, and before long someone, somewhere is thinking that ALL US citizens are lawsuit happy and stupid.

Did they really make a starship troopers 2?


Good Evans   - Nov 4, 2004 12:49 pm (#2371 of 2977)

Alas, Penny petting Zoos are worldwide phenomenon, lots of opportunity to spread disease etc. I/m glad I;m not the only one who says "I'll just watch from here thanks !!!"

BTW Loopy Lupin I love your new avatar k


T Brightwater   - Nov 4, 2004 12:54 pm (#2372 of 2977)

Well, I guess I haven't missed much by not seeing any of the movies that have been mentioned! :-)

Books, now, there's a different story. Some of my least faves:

E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series. I know it was a seminal work of sf back in the Old Days, but the jingoism, re-used plot devices and saccharine female characters just about made me puke.

E.R. Eddison's _The Worm Ouroboros_, _Mistress of Mistresses_, _A Fish Dinner in Memison_. I can't believe I made it through all of them, but one of my friends insisted they were terrific and I kept hoping he would be right. Not my cup of tea. Machiavellian politics, overblown but uninteresting characters, and pretentious descriptions of ornate interiors.

The _Chung Kuo_ series; I mercifully can't remember the author's name. I admit to being prejudiced against dystopian fiction to start with, but this started off bad and got worse. I think there are seven books; I got about halfway through the third one and skipped to the end of the last to see if the most despicable character I've ever met in literature (he even beats Umbridge) was still alive. He was, and I couldn't make myself read any more. It's enough to turn a girl off men forever.

Sorry if I've mentioned anyone's favorite books of all time!


Elanor   - Nov 4, 2004 12:56 pm (#2373 of 2977)

Veronika: oh my! I want it too, and I want it now! **stamping a foot and starting a tantrum** Sorry, it is just contamination for having spent my day with 25 very excited kids...

The return to school was hard and I have to say that the best about it is that the day is over. I have some children with emotional and learning difficulties and the come back to work is not that easy for them...hence for me too! I used the "à la McGonagall look" quite often and even tested the Snape one once, added with the low voice effect (very efficient), so I guess all is under control now!

Now I'm ready for a great evening on the forum: I missed you today!

Veronika, your post reminded me that I had a cult movie too when I was 14: it was "The Cincinnati Kid". I loved it so much! I had a crush on Steve McQueen... (and learnt poker...) It is a very good memory!

What was your cult movie as a teen everyone?

I hope everyone is having a great day too!

Edit: hello to the ones who posted when I was writing! As for the worst books: well we had to read Proust once in High School. He is a great author but I never managed to finish one of his books...


  mollis     - Nov 4, 2004 1:07 pm (#2374 of 2977)

Penny - Excellent. I was hoping I misunderstood you. It sounded a bit like a reference to our recent elections to me, which is why I asked for a further explanation. I do agree we have some gems over here. Fortunately though (or perhaps unfortunately, depending on your point of view!) we don't have a monopoly on stupid people!


Marie E. - Nov 4, 2004 1:16 pm (#2375 of 2977)

Small bit about Royal Tannenbaums: Our dad looks just like Gene Hackman in that film. Well, before Dad shaved off his goatee...


Accio Sirius   Nov 4, 2004 2:37 pm (#2376 of 2977)

Marie, I think it's better to look like someone from the Royal Tannebaums than act like one. Myself, I liked the movie, but I think Owen Wilson is a clever guy.

Favorite cult films is another story. Wild in the Streets is a hilarious 60s movie about a rock star who runs for president and changes the voting age to 14 and sends people over 35 to special "happy" camps. It stars Christopher Jones, but Shelly Winters, Richard Pryor and Hal Holbrook are the more famous names. Of course favorite cult films could easily co-exist with the ones from the worst movies lists.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 4, 2004 3:06 pm (#2377 of 2977)

I wasn't trying to be mean, I was just saying that US citizens are well known for not having a whole lot of common sense at times.-- Penny Lane

In other words, the US citizenry is well known for being populated by people, at times.


Acceber  - Nov 4, 2004 7:40 pm (#2378 of 2977)

Hey guys, just popping in for a minute. I've been overloaded with schoolwork and I really should be doing some of it right now, but duty calls...

Most of the things I want to say are old news, but I'll say them anyway:

Congrats to Cynde for her new job and Jack for his move!

Chemyst, w00t! I thought I was the only person on the earth who liked dark chocolate better than milk chocolate!-JRK (Julia).   Add my mum and my piano teacher to that list.

Yes, vote, if you can, even though the next election's not for another year . I'm saying this on behalf of people who are legally allowed to vote, as I am still a minor *pouts*.

Speaking of the election, I have an independent study for Social Studies: Election 2004. It's due on Monday and I have one journal entry, the table of contents and the bibliography left. Yes, I am extremely proud of myself for not procrastinating.

Top 10 Worst Movies: Well, I have to say I generally go to movies I know I'm going to like, but Open Water looked a lot better than it was. Ho hum. The sharks were cool, though.

I'm feeling a bit under the weather (headache and growing pains, even though my doctor says I've stopped growing!) so I'll turn in now. 'Night to all Americans, good morning to Europeans and good afternoon to the Aussies (I think I got that right.)


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 4, 2004 8:02 pm (#2379 of 2977)

Hello All! Lovely to see you on this rainy Melbourne day

Acceber, yes you got the times right nite nite, sweet dreams

Hope you are all well, not much happening here, it was Oaks Day yesterday, which is part of the Spring Racing Carnival here, it is known as Ladies Day, so all the women go all out with their dressing up, but i tell you, i saw alot of utterly disgraceful women leaving at the end of the day. Especially the one that fell out of the taxi as she was attempting to get in! This was all happening in front of our shop so we did have a bit of a chuckle


LoopyforLupin- Nov 4, 2004 8:37 pm (#2380 of 2977)

Hello all! Going back a few posts and to what Acceber just mentioned I love dark chocolate way more than milk!


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 4, 2004 8:38 pm (#2381 of 2977)

On the worst movie topic, Point Break has been mentioned, I will admit that when I was 15 I too loved it! BUT, I and nearly every other Australian that saw it, was appalled at the awful AWFUL fake aussie accent at the end "we'll get him when he comes back in" I shudder when I hear it. So anyone that has seen that movie and not spoken to a real aussie, no, we do not sound like that

EDIT: I just thought of another couple of worst movies.... The Guru & Windtalkers (I think that's what it was called, it had Nic Cage in it whom I normally love, so was very disappointed)


Julia.   - Nov 4, 2004 9:20 pm (#2382 of 2977)

OK, everyone who loves dark chocolate better than milk chocolate gets a free butterbeer and dark chocolate on me. *passes out butterbeer and dark chocolate*

I had a good evening tonight, a former PLO terrorist turned pro-Israel activist came to speak at UConn tonight, my organization brought him here. He is an amazing speaker with a great story and it was a really wonderful way to spend the evening.

Loopy, I love your avater, that's my favorite episode!

Well, I'm off to read Paradise Lost. Good night to the Americans, good morning to the Europeans, and good afternoon to the Aussies.


Julia.   - Nov 4, 2004 10:04 pm (#2383 of 2977)

Sorry to double post, but it's just after midnight on the east coast, and I wanted to wish everyone a happy Guy Fawkes day. Now that that's done, I'm off to sleep.


Marè   - Nov 5, 2004 2:33 am (#2384 of 2977)

How funny that you shop on "Spar" Fawkes! We have that chain too, and I wonder if it is Norwegian, because "spar" means "save (money)" in Norwegian. Is it cheaper, because here it isn't really.
Well I can tell you that Spar exist in both the Netherlands and France too (So I think I can make an educated guess and say that Belgium will likely have it too.).
The word Spar is the name of a tree in dutch (and possibly other languages?), a pinetree I think, one of these needle carrying evergreen guys. The one that is in the logo of the supermarket. (I see a connection here!)

mollis, I think you might have misunderstood me, and with good reason!

That makes no sense. I wasn't trying to be mean, I was just saying that US citizens are well known for not having a whole lot of common sense at times. I think it's a case of one or two people casting a shadow over a whole group of people. For example, how one person decides to sue a fast food company because they ate too much and got fat... that, coupled with other frivilous lawsuits is spread around, and before long someone, somewhere is thinking that ALL US citizens are lawsuit happy and stupid.

Ah yes, yes, the stereotype American sues the fastfood chain because the coffee was too hot and occasionally puts his cat in the microwave because it didn't say in the manual you couldn't do that. Something like that?

Unfortunately many of what you said is true, Penny. It is not some-one, somewhere thinking that americans are lawsuit crazy, it is a very common stereotype. Now you can ask yourself who is more stupid: You for somehow being able to make the rest of the world think of you like that... Or the rest of the world for believing it like that!

Ah the joy of stereotypes! Have I ever told you that I actually do own a pair of wooden shoes? Never use them though. (I have pity on my feet)

And about the bacteria problem, bacteria's and diseases have a use actually. A small infection builds up a person’s resistance. (not sure if that is that word, that little army every person has to fight illness and such).

I understand why a parent wants to keep a child as clean and safe as possible, but I have seen some people who really overdo it. And then if a child gets in touch with dirt or bacteria and get infected it can get really bad because their bodily defence was "untrained" and very low.

So although goaty hands and e-coli aren't too healthy, a cold or the flu can have a longterm positive effect.

(See I payed attention during some courses I followed )


VeronikaG   - Nov 5, 2004 3:00 am (#2385 of 2977)

Penny, yes they made Starship Troopers 2. Alas.

It definitely was some of the worst I have ever seen. The story goes like this: A bunch of people run across a field with a bunch of big insects at their heels. They run for a good ten minutes, and it's not particularly exiting. Then they come to a big tower where they find a guy called Dex who has been trapped since the last crew left. They fight the insects for twenty minutes. Then another group of people come running, and they rescue them. They sit and talk about life on good old Earth and how awful the war is for 15 minutes. Then a lady from the new gang start acting weird, and it turns out she has an alien inside her that she wants to pass along. In the next ten minutes the whole crew except Dex and a girl has got it. Then they fight against the infected crew members for like half an hour. They have to run outside the tower to the big old insects again. Dex gets eaten, the girl gets rescued in the nick of time by a spaceship. On a scale from 1 - 10: 2 for making me laugh once.

Today is Friday. Yay! My friend is probably coming to see what can be done about my poor computer. If there is hope for it. Class was cancelled today. Exams are approaching, so my friend and me tried to work on some exercises. We didn't remeber how to do them If there are any experts on multi-variable analysis here, please help!

Bacteria, yuck. I've gotten completely paranoid of the little creeps since I started college. Sitting typing all day on a keyboard hundreds of dirty fingers has groped on, and then go to the cafeteria and eat something you hold in your hands? Not before I have washed my hands with soap! My friends think I'm weird. Well, OK.


septentrion   - Nov 5, 2004 4:13 am (#2386 of 2977)

Sitting typing all day on a keyboard hundreds of dirty fingers has groped on, and then go to the cafeteria and eat something you hold in your hands?

Do you know the toilets are very often cleaner than keyboards ?

I join Elanor with Proust as the worst writer...to read. I too never managed to read one of his books from beginning to end. So did I with Jack something of Patricia Cornwell.

My cult film when I was a teen was the great blue (le grand bleu) of Luc Besson.

Julia : I had a good evening tonight, a former PLO terrorist turned pro-Israel activist came to speak at UConn tonight, my orginization brought him here.

Could you mail me his arguments ? I'm very curious of them. I still have in mind some mail I once promised you but procrastinate a lot about it. Should iron my hand...


Marè   - Nov 5, 2004 4:30 am (#2387 of 2977)

For as far as I remember there are two books that I started and never finished because they were just too bad. One was this Artemis Fowl thingy and the other was a Patricia Cornwell. Never tried Proust (maybe I have to say, never had to )

Didn't we once have a discussion about toiletseats and lightswitches?
If you want to get really paranoid about all things dirty, take one of these tiny beasts that live in your carpets and such, and put them under a microscope. After that try feeling comfortable sitting near the carpet again...

And Julia, if you do mail Septentrion, can I be added too, please? I always love new info that can be somehow used in political discussions. (whether it is to use it myself or to find a counter-argument if some-one brings it up )


The giant squid   - Nov 5, 2004 4:36 am (#2388 of 2977)

   There should be a law that public sinks must stock loads of paper towels to insulate one from having to touch anything

There is. I don't know the exactn umber or code or anything, but anyplace that has public sinks and/or food service areas is required by the US Health Department to have adequate soap, towels, etc. The health inspector threatened to shut down our entire theater because we didn't have a proper towel dispenser on one of our sinks. Thankfully, we got a "get one put in by my next visit" warning instead.

Speaking of my theater, we had the pleasure(?) of running The Royal Tenenbaums. It was like there was a revolving door on the theater--people would walk in, sit for maybe 20 minutes, then come out and ask for a refund. Roughly 90% of them chose to see Fellowship of the Ring instead. Go figure.

Mike Miller, Waterworld had two things against it when I watched it: it was number 7 of a "rent 7 for $7" night, and (most importantly) it had Kevin Costner. I have yet to like him in a movie, though I've liked movies he's in despite him. Nothing against anyone who does like him and his work; I understand there are some people who feel the same way about Kevin Smith & his movies.



Julie Aronson   - Nov 5, 2004 5:04 am (#2389 of 2977)


You and Proust sound like me and Dickens. Everyone goes on and on about him, but it's all lost on me!



mike miller   - Nov 5, 2004 5:19 am (#2390 of 2977)

Good Friday Morning to all (Good Afternoon to some of our global members)! I have the pleasure of working from home today. I'm surfing the Forum on my home PC while the work laptap is chunking away on a complete back-up. A few co-workers have suffered systems crashes and my laptop was acting funny yesterday, so BACK-UP EVERYTHING.

The reason for my working at home is that our new washing machine is to be delivered today. I had signed up for a Home Appliance Insurance program through my mortgage lender a couple of years ago, always feeling funny sending them money each month with the mortgage payment. Well, when the washer started acting up, they sent a repair person to check it out and now their sending me a check for $320 to put toward a new washer! I guess my intuition about owning a home with 12 year old appliances was a good one. Why can't my intuition give me the next big lottery winning numbers or the true meaning of Spinners End!

Mike (Giant Squid) - I know how you feel about certain actors. I can't stand Diane Keaton (please no thrown tomatoes). My comment was made mostly in jest; however, I do not possess Tim's (King of SPEW) "turn of the phrase".

Everyone have a great day and great weekend!


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 5, 2004 6:05 am (#2391 of 2977)

I understand about people having those actors they cannot stand, no matter what. I have about 4. It pains me to see them.

1. Kevin Bacon: (yuck, I only watch movies in which he dies)

2. Tom Hanks, post Forest Gump, put that down as another terrible movie).

3. Meryl Streep. (I just cannot stand her face, never mind her acting).

4. Nick Cage. (Seldom does he "show up" in a movie. He is soooooo stale.



Chemyst   - Nov 5, 2004 6:49 am (#2392 of 2977)

Leila, you broke me down! But, Yay! Someone else who does not like Tom Hanks! When the two Mikes were posting I was resisting the urge to say something bad about others, but I have to agree with you on Hanks, (and I'd include pre-Gump). And since the ice has already been broken, I may as well add - Robin Williams in anything other than Popeye.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 5, 2004 7:13 am (#2393 of 2977)

Well, without Kevin Bacon, how could one play "6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon"? So, he's at least useful. (I am the master at that game, by the way.)


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 5, 2004 8:01 am (#2394 of 2977)

Sounds like a challenge.


Penny Lane.   - Nov 5, 2004 8:57 am (#2395 of 2977)

Most annoying Hollywood People:
1.) Susan Sarandon. I can't watch anything she appears in. 2.) The chick who plays Olive Oil and who's the mom in the Kuprick version of "The Shining"
3.) David Arquette
4.) Matthew Lillard
5.) I had the kid from the "Sixth Sense" but i'm changing it to "Mr. Bean"

Unfortunately, I have to disagree with all you Kevin Bacon haters. I saw him on "Will and Grace" a while ago, and I tell you - He looked GOOD. Also, I don't really have an opinion on Tom Hanks. He's a versatile actor, and I did Like "Catch me if you Can" . As for Robin Williams? He's give and take. His role in movies is usually as good as the script. I.E. bad movie, ala 9 months, annoying characters. I think I just can't hate him because "Good Will Hunting" will be coming to the deserted Island with me.

Top 5 Hollywood People That I would watch a HORRIBLE movie just to see them:
1.) Vince Vaughn.
2.) John Cusack
3.) The Monty Python Guys
4.) Any of the "Wise Guys" from "Goodfellas"
5.) Edward Norton


Fawkes Forever- Nov 5, 2004 9:32 am (#2396 of 2977)

Hey Guys,
the computer gremlins wouldn't let me log in at all yesterday & today I've been a tad busy with work.. but hey hey hey (Krusty the Clown Style) It's Friday!

Remember Remember the 5th of November! Happy Bonfire Night to all our UK buddies... have a safe night folks!

I think the Spar Shop network is all over Europe.. I remember seeing a few shops in Spain as well. I never knew Spar was Dutch for tree... is it a Dutch company, seeing as the Symbol for the shop is a Fir Tree? Anyways, its far from cheap... most goods are more expensive than the supermarkets... but I suppose thats what you get for convenience...

As for annoying actors...
Robin Williams is definitely there.. don't mention 'Patch Adams'.
Jim 'rubber face' Carey, that got old quite quickly...
Chris O'Donnell... what can I say the guy just bugs me
Andie Mc Dowell, she very nearly turned me off the movie '4 weddings'....
Ben Affleck, I know he can act... but ever since the whole 'Bennifer' thing I can't take him seriously.
Melanie Griffith... whats with the voice..

hmmm, enough ranting... think thats enough people... for now

Right it's the weekend.. and I'm off home!



Loopy Lupin   - Nov 5, 2004 9:34 am (#2397 of 2977)

Sounds like a challenge—Kim

It is. Smile


Elanor   - Nov 5, 2004 10:25 am (#2398 of 2977)

Hello everybody! it is the week-end for me too! It is good to be home, in the warm. After the lashing rain we had yesterday, now it is the cold that has come back: we may even have our first white frosts this weekend. Brr! The perfect excuse for strolling on the forum all weekend long (as if I needed one...)

The most annoying actors:

- Ben Affleck: I agree with fawkes though I don't really know why. It's just physical: I find his face too slack for being credible when he tries to play the tough guy...

- Melany Griffith: I agree too. I used to like her but not anymore: with what she did to her lips she could have played in "Finding Nemo"!

- Jean-Claude Vandamme: he is simply hopeless...

And French actors that you probably don't know too (don't regret it...)!

Happy start of the weekend eveybody! A special wave to UK members: have a great Guy Fawkes night! I'm sure Fred and George love that night (very good for their business too!)


Good Evans   - Nov 5, 2004 10:30 am (#2399 of 2977)

Happy Bonfire night all - stay safe!!! keep the pets indoors and give them lots of love!

I wonder if Dumbledores pheonix is named Fawkes in honour(?) of guy fawkes - in that they both to go up in flames!!!!!!

back later - got to go cook dinner


Accio Sirius   Nov 5, 2004 11:07 am (#2400 of 2977)
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Penny, I like John Cusack too, but America's Sweetheart's really tested my devotion. I have to assume things look much better as a script. Conversely, I don't like Jim Carey, but loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Mel Gibson, William Peterson, Madonna and Tommy Lee Jones are on my can't stand to watch them list.

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Penny Lane.   - Nov 5, 2004 11:26 am (#2401 of 2977)

I don't think I've seen America's Sweethearts, even though my roommate has it. I also loved "Eternal Sunshine".


Detail Seeker  - Nov 5, 2004 11:32 am (#2402 of 2977)

The "SPAR" question: This chain is actually german based and "spar" means "save"(money).


septentrion - Nov 5, 2004 11:40 am (#2403 of 2977)

"Spar" is expensive but it means "saving money" ! LOL

Happy bonfire night to UK people ! And a great week-end everyone !

I can't say I dislike many actors because even annoying actors happen to have good roles in good movies...except Jean-Claude Vandamme. The Belgians must be relieved he's become an American (allusion to the bad belgian jokes we have in France in which the Belgians appear to be stupid , no insult for American people). Yet I must admit to see Jim Carrey or Ben Affleck in a movie makes me thinking carefully : will I see it or not ?


Denise P.   - Nov 5, 2004 11:55 am (#2404 of 2977)

Wow, I ordered a new digital camera (great deal, camera, memory card AND free shipping) as a gift on Tuesday evening, almost Wednesday morning. It just arrived here! Talk about speedy. Too bad I can't open it since it is a gift...

But...Mr. Denise hinted that he may be home a few days earlier than we anticipated. That would be nice but we will wait and see. Just think Kim, he could watch the small ones while the rest of us go march in the Veteran's Day Parade (or he could come watch). Our Cubs are handing out American Flags this year.


Good Evans   - Nov 5, 2004 12:03 pm (#2405 of 2977)

Yeay Denise - I march with the Cubs on remembrance day too. so I will think of your boys (albeit we are several hours apart!!!

and fabulous that you "gift" arrived so early!


  Catherine    - Nov 5, 2004 12:06 pm (#2406 of 2977)

Just think Kim, he could watch the small ones while the rest of us go march in the Veteran's Day Parade (or he could come watch). Our Cubs are handing out American Flags this year. –Denise

Oooh, how patriotic. Good for you to put Mr. Denise on kiddie detail right away.

**strolls away humming, "Isn't it romantic?"**

Denise, I'm happy that Mr. Denise may be home even sooner.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 5, 2004 2:11 pm (#2407 of 2977)

Just think Kim, he could watch the small ones while the rest of us go march in the Veteran's Day Parade (or he could come watch).---Denise

This surprises me not at all. I may have to look up the saint of amorous homecomings. I'll say a novena so Greg has something to look forward to.


VeronikaG   - Nov 5, 2004 2:53 pm (#2408 of 2977)

My least favourite actor is Steven Segal. It's just something about that guy I can't endure. Him and Sly and Van Damme.

Do you guys shop at "Rema1000" or "Rimi" stores? As far as I know they have gone international too. We just got the German chain "Lidl" in town. People were panicking about it, because that was SO un-Norwegian. But wanting to buy cheap groceries is very Norwegian.

I'm happy to find out that my dear little computer can be upgraded. My friend also installed a couple of programs on it that cleaned out a lot of crap I didn't know I had. Including a Trojan. And when I get fast Internet, then we're talking.

But it's kinda late, and my friend wants some parts I borrowed to test in the computer back, so I better say good night and sign out. Have a lovely Friday night!


Eponine- Nov 5, 2004 5:57 pm (#2409 of 2977)

Going back to the talk about kid's toothpaste, I saw Shrek 2 Green Swamp CHOCOLATE flavored toothpaste at the store today.


Penny Lane.   - Nov 5, 2004 6:03 pm (#2410 of 2977)

Hey, if anyone caught Jeopardy tonight - Professor Snape made a cameo as one of the Question (answers?) as the clue was "Harry Potter's Potion's Master at Hogwarts" and Ken Jennings got the answer right - which totally increased his already large appeal to me.


  Catherine    - Nov 5, 2004 6:05 pm (#2411 of 2977)

Going back to the talk about kid's toothpaste, I saw Shrek 2 Green Swamp CHOCOLATE flavored toothpaste at the store today. –Eponine

Maybe I'm just getting too old to appreciate this, but....ICK.

Dental decay almost looks preferable.


Eponine- Nov 5, 2004 6:29 pm (#2412 of 2977)

Catherine, I agree completely. ICK is about the only thing I could possibly say about that.


Denise P.   - Nov 5, 2004 6:32 pm (#2413 of 2977)

I actually think it would be dangerous. I know my wee ones love to grab toothpaste and try to run and eat it. Can you imagine if I had chocolate flavored in the house? Ewww...that is just nasty.


Chemyst   - Nov 5, 2004 7:39 pm (#2414 of 2977)

Maybe I'm just getting too old to appreciate this, but....ICK.   Dental decay almost looks preferable. – Catherine

OR... Maybe you are not old enough! When my mother began declining and was reaching the point where she could no longer brush her teeth for herself, we switched her over to kids toothpaste because she was swallowing too much of the adult stuff. She was very happy with the berry flavors; 'like a second dessert.
I also understand Denise's point. Isn't it a blessing that kids are born too short to reach high cupboard shelves?


The giant squid   - Nov 5, 2004 8:42 pm (#2415 of 2977)

Egad, I've started another tirade, this time against actors. Since everyone else is listing 5, I'll add another 4 to Mr. Costner...

Steven Seagal-as an actor, he's a good martial artist...and he's not a very good martial artist
Shirley MacLaine-I don't care about her in this life, much less prior ones
Meryl Streep
Woody Allen-okay, he's really a director, but since he casts himself in all his movies, it still counts. I just don't get him.

Denise, that is good news about Mr. Denise's (possible) early arrival. Of course, you realize they'll just use this as an excuse to drag him away again that much sooner...

Chocolate flavored toothpaste? Gee, I dunno...when I was a kid the idea was to spit the stuff out, not eat it. Isn't it amazing that we can come up with a thousand flavors for toothpaste, but still haven't cured the common cold?



Padfoot   - Nov 5, 2004 10:43 pm (#2416 of 2977)

Shirley MacLaine-I don't care about her in this life, much less prior ones   SPEW Mike.

I am not a fan of Jim Carrey or Steven Segal either. But I really go out of my way to avoid Hugh Grant and Russell Crowe. Both irritate me.

Chocolate toothpaste? I am a chocoholic but even that sounds gross to me. I will stick with mint.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 5, 2004 11:02 pm (#2417 of 2977)

Chocolate toothpaste, and I thought the ubergrossness was bubblegum or cotton candy flavored stuff. Even Trina hates bubblegum flavored stuff like that. That bubblgum flavored floride at the dentist's used to make me gag.



Pinky   - Nov 6, 2004 5:57 am (#2418 of 2977)

I see my nemesis hasn't been mentioned yet. I refuse to watch (if I can help it) any movie/tv show with Tim Allen in it. I know everyone else in the world loves him, but I can't stand the man. Oh yes - and Rowan Atkinson - particularly in the role of Mr. Bean. Blech!


Leprechaun Jack!   - Nov 6, 2004 6:00 am (#2419 of 2977)

I'm with you Pinky I never liked Tim Allen and I have a real dislike for Jerry Sienfield. Neither one of them is funny in the least.



Pigwidgeon- Nov 6, 2004 6:07 am (#2420 of 2977)

Chocolate toothpaste? Wow, I'm a chocoholic myself (Founding member of Chocoholic's Anonymousse) but all I could think was ewweww ewweww ewweww ewweww.... I think that ranks right up there with chocolate cheese (yes, this exists. yes, I've tried it. No, I'm NOT eating it again. Ever.)

On a side note, you don't have to be a kid not to be able to reach the tall shelves -- I still can't, and at 30, I never will I guess that makes me a life-long kid at heart.


septentrion   - Nov 6, 2004 6:12 am (#2421 of 2977)

chocolate cheese...I admit I eat that Nutella chocolate paste with cheese...I'm almost the only one on earth who can eat that !

As for the tall shelves, I have a problem with them too. I can sometimes be seen doing some climbing in the stores to reach them.


VeronikaG   - Nov 6, 2004 11:00 am (#2422 of 2977)

This reminds me of those little flour pills that kids eat for healthy teeth. Flux, the kind my mother bought comes in banana and peppermint. When I was little, they had a little smiley face on them, but that has now been removed. Reason: ecstacy pills also have little smiley faces. But the smiley is not removed to avoid children eating ecstacy thinking it's Flux, it's so kids won't buy Flux thinking it's ecstacy and get ripped off.


Phoenix song  - Nov 6, 2004 11:16 am (#2423 of 2977)

VeronikaG: What you've said about the Flux is so sad, but it's still funny. Imagine the teenager who thinks that he's taking an altering pill and winds up instead with healthier teeth!

I have never heard of the Flux pills for healthy teeth. Where do you get them? I'm asking because I live in the country where there's well water, and while it's healthier for the body it's not fluoridated like city water would be. I worry about my kids teeth and supplement their teeth brushing with those fluoride rinses, but would be interested in Flux if it is beneficial.

Have a great day everybody!


Julia.   - Nov 6, 2004 6:18 pm (#2424 of 2977)

Guys, guys! I just got off the phone with Betty! She sounded soooooooo good! The new treatment they tried this time works, and she sounds great, we we're giggling and laughing a lot. I'm really happy about this. She'll be around eventually, it takes quite a while to slog through nearly a month's worth of this thread.


Marie E. - Nov 6, 2004 8:35 pm (#2425 of 2977)

I thought watermelon toothpaste was the oddest thing I'd ever seen. I can't even imagine chocolate. And why are they flavoring medicines now? I can buy bubblegum flavored Motrin now. When I was a kid, in the Jurassic, all we had was cherry and grape.


Leprechaun Jack!   - Nov 6, 2004 8:43 pm (#2426 of 2977)

Julia - Thats great news, Please give Betty my best

Marie E.- Funny when I was a kid all we had was medicine flavored medicine. I didn't even get cherry or grape.



Julia.   - Nov 6, 2004 10:53 pm (#2427 of 2977)

Thank G-d for Crest toothpaste. As someone who doesn't like mint, the new Crest flavors are my best friend. The bubble gum stuff never tasted very good, but I used it until I was about 14, at which point my mum wouldn't let me use it anymore. I had to use the minty stuff. I think I would have loved chocolate toothpaste.


Good Evans   - Nov 7, 2004 1:59 am (#2428 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 7, 2004 1:11 am

Great to hear Betty will soon be back with us. She knows she carries our best when she is not here... and we miss her!

Mick - I agree about Woody allen - except that he was brilliantly cast in ANTZ. At least we didnt have to look at him!!!!!

Cant stand actors?? well im afraid Clint Eastwood is up there for me, and Meryl Streep is a close second!

On a sad and serious note - my prayers and thoughts to anyone involved or knows anyone involved in last nights awful train accident (for non UK readers - a train derailed after contact with a car on the line from London to Plymouth - 6 dead - numerous injured).


septentrion   - Nov 7, 2004 5:15 am (#2429 of 2977)

Hurray and hugs for Betty ! Thanks Julia to keep us updated !

I've heard of it Good Evans. My prayers and thoughts too for people involved in this accident.


Elanor   - Nov 7, 2004 10:52 am (#2430 of 2977)

Good Evans: I've heard about that tragedy too. As Septentrion, my thoughts and prayers go to all the people affected by it.

I wish everyone here a great Sunday! I hope it is warmer and brighter than the Sunday we had here. On the other hand, it is good sometimes to be home, in the warm, when it is gray outside.

I'm very happy for Betty too!


haymoniNov 7, 2004 12:03 pm (#2431 of 2977)

Hi all - I made it back - over 200 posts on this thread - I'm exhausted from catching up!

We had a lot of fun at Disney - hit all the parks and made it to Typhoon Lagoon as well. (Pretty cool water park - you can snorkle with sharks!)

A few observations:

DJ Evans - I will NOT buy mouse ears - we bought a Peter Pan playset at Magic Kingdom, Cinderella shoes at Epcot and a stuffed komodo dragon from Animal Kingdom.

At Epcot, the toy shop in the Great Britain section had an ample supply of Harry Potter books, but no merchandise. Alas, earwax.

There was a man at our hotel (All-Star Music) carrying a hardcopy of GOF - I looked for him everytime we were by the pool - I never saw him again.

When we walked into MGM Studios, they were playing Harry Potter music. I thought I was hearing things, but my son heard it too.

It was a great trip - didn't need to rely on the portable DVD player too much - the kids were great.

Unfortunately, we are all coughing and hacking now that we are back. I have numerous meetings tomorrow so I have to get well quick.

Take care, all - see you on the threads!


Sir Tornado - Nov 7, 2004 1:07 am (#2432 of 2977)
Edited by Denise P. Nov 7, 2004 11:09 am

Hello, Adamo, Mick.

Edit: This post was moved from the introduction thread. It has been said numerous times before but apparently it needs to be said yet again.

The Introduction thread is for INTRODUCTIONS ONLY.

Please, welcome people to the forum but do it on the CHAT thread. This has always been the policy on the Forum.


dizzy lizzy - Nov 7, 2004 3:17 pm (#2433 of 2977)

Wow!! I am lucky enough to have a long weekend every weekend (fri, sat and sun) and its now Monday morning. It looks like monday morning is going to be the morning to catch up with everyone. Lots of lovely posts to wade through. (memo to me: don't make any appointments before 11am!)

For actors I can't stand rowan atkinson in his "Mr Bean" persona.

And far out! chocolate flavoured toothpaste! I stick to plain old mint, but then again I can't ever remember seeing other flavours for sale either.

Many grins to all and have a wonderful week.


boop- Nov 7, 2004 3:53 pm (#2434 of 2977)

Hello Everyone, thank you to the well wishes. I am feeling alot better than I have the past two years. I have to admit, I didn't read all the posts on this thread because their were more then eight hundred post. I just marked them all read. I hope that I have not offended anyone for not reading them all. I am off too read some more posts. Again Thank you all.




Chemyst   - Nov 7, 2004 4:13 pm (#2435 of 2977)

Hello Boop! No, I'm not offended in the least that you haven't read all 800 posts – in fact, I'd be much more concerned if you actually did spend your time that way when there is so much of life to go out and really live!

Julia, pro-dark chocolate and anit-mint; you have your taste bud's priorities in the right place.

I'm trying to read the forum & cook dinner at the same time, racing to get this post in before tha timer goes off.

The Simpson's Halloween show is less than two hours away, and it's funny how, when I saw the promo for it a while back, I realized The Simpsons now remind me of Harry Potter via Loopy!


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Nov 7, 2004 4:27 pm (#2436 of 2977)

Welcome back Betty!


Acceber  - Nov 7, 2004 5:24 pm (#2437 of 2977)

I have to admit, I didn't read all the posts on this thread because their were more then eight hundred post.-Betty

I'd be much more concerned if you actually did spend your time that way when there is so much of life to go out and really live!-Chemyst

Hey! When I got back from five weeks at camp this past summer, I read all the posts waiting for me on the Chat thread, over 1200 of them. It was a total waste of about 3 hours, but I can still proudly say I have never used the Mark as Read button in about 10 months on the Forum.

Welcome back, anyway Betty! I look forward to chatting with you soon.

Off to watch movie that my dad is half-making me see. Tata.


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Nov 7, 2004 5:30 pm (#2438 of 2977)

"It was a total waste of about 3 hours"  We are a total waste? Oh my!

On to bigger and better things, lol, ...toddles off somewhere...


dizzy lizzy - Nov 7, 2004 5:37 pm (#2439 of 2977)

It was a total waste of about 3 hours,

Ah that depends on whether its your free time (whatever that is these days!) or whether you're doing all your forum chatting/reading at work!


Padfoot   - Nov 7, 2004 8:45 pm (#2440 of 2977)

Welcome back Betty! It's so good to see you again. *hugs*

Well I went to a church potluck tonight and guess what we talked about? Yep, HP. And believe it or not I did not bring HP up, someone else did. It's so nice to meet people out in the "real world" who like HP too.


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 7, 2004 9:25 pm (#2441 of 2977)

Welcome back Betty! It's great to hear you are feeling so much better

Good Afternoon to my fellow Aussie, Good Morning to the Europeans & Good Night to my American friends!! I hope you all had a lovely week-end, mine was quite enjoyable. For the first time, in a very long time a group of us went bowling on Saturday night, it was hilarious! And Sunday was spent celebrating my nieces 5th birthday, she was very very happy to see her Zia (Aunty) Amber and stayed clinging to me for majority of the day (I loved it ) and was over the moon with her Barbie.

Anyway, I'd better go do some work, just popped in to say G'Day!


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 7, 2004 10:09 pm (#2442 of 2977)

Just been reading the New Member Thread, and thought I'd extend a very warm welcome to all New Members!

Adamo Latermen, the picture you have as your avatar, is that your own work? If so, are you from Melbourne??? I think I may have been admiring your work just last week!


Julia.   - Nov 7, 2004 10:19 pm (#2443 of 2977)

Great to have you back Betty! I'm so happy to see your beautiful avatar again. *huggy huggy a lot*

Oy vey! I've been reading for two straight hours, my brain is tired. I'm heading to sleep as soon as I get my friend to call me. Geese, what does a girl have to do to get her friend's attention? Do you think it'll help if I tell him I'm wearing a pretty new skirt?

Good afternoon to the Aussies, good morning to the Europeans, and sweet dreams to the Americans.


The giant squid   - Nov 8, 2004 1:35 am (#2444 of 2977)

Welcome back, Betty! We missed ya. I hope this treatment sticks & you 'll be able to keep up with us.

And, continuing the trend, "Good afternoon" to the Aussies, "Good night" to the Europeans and "Go ta bed, ya crazy night owl freaks!" to the Americans.

I missed the Simpsons tonight (had to work ) but Chemyst is right--They now make me think of HP thanks to Loopy. Weird.



VeronikaG   - Nov 8, 2004 2:19 am (#2445 of 2977)

Welcome back Betty!! Good to see you around again!

About the Flux tablets, Phoenix, I'm not sure they have that exact kind in the US. But your pharmacy probably has something similar. Maybe you can even buy them at the grocery store.

I think having yummy tasting medicine is a bad idea! I guess the whole idea is for children to be more willing to take their necessary medication, but the risk of them overdosing on it increases with 10 000%! I've heard about children needing liver transplants after swallowing to much painkiller. That's awful. The only thing kids can overdose on here is a orange flavoured vitamin-c drink. (It can make your tummy do the polka, but you'll live.)

Have a nice new week everybody.


septentrion   - Nov 8, 2004 2:45 am (#2446 of 2977)

welcome back Betty !

It's the midle of the morning here, so must be the middle of the afternoon in Australia and night in America. The good news this week is we don't work thursday for celebrating the end of WWI.


Fawkes Forever- Nov 8, 2004 3:06 am (#2447 of 2977)

"Good Evewening"(Nearly Headless Nick Style) to our Aussie Buddies, (yes it's mispelt on purpose
"Good afternoon", (Scarey Lucius Style) to our Indian Buddies,
"Mornin' all" (Hagrid Style) to my fellow Europeans &
"Get to bed" (Mc Gonagal Style) to our Buddies in the US & Canada.

Betty, it's great to 'see' you back on the forum. Over the past 800+ posts.. you just missed the usual madcap observations, random thought & some meetings of Procrastinators Anonymous (myself included in that ), and the odd hug & well wish for yourself

Talking of procrastination... got to do some work now... *grumble grumble*... later


Sir Tornado - Nov 8, 2004 4:20 am (#2448 of 2977)

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening all.


  Catherine    - Nov 8, 2004 5:24 am (#2449 of 2977)

Happy Monday!

Betty, it's great to see you posting with us. I'm glad you didn't worry about the last 800 posts; it's the next 800 that matter now! We can be a little bit chatty.

Hello to Padfoot! Hope the new job is going well for you.

I will also agree with Chemyst and Julia about the superior experience to be found in dark chocolate. But I cannot completely eschew mint; one of my favorite combinations is chocoate and mint. Now that the holidays approach, I have an excuse to make one of my favorite treats. It is bittersweet chocolate, white chocolate, and peppermint bark. Mmmm....

Ack! According to my husband's family, my procrastinator colors are showing. They are annoyed that they asked me for Christmas ideas back at the beginning of October, and I forgot to email some. I had three different calls from three different in-laws this weekend saying that they've all finishd their holiday shopping except for us.

The only thing I've done for Christmas is I bought some decorations last week from a store that was having a "Going Out of Business" sale. Oh, dear.

I need some chocolate.


Saud - Nov 8, 2004 6:59 am (#2450 of 2977)

To Mare, (with an accented Dutch line on top of that 'e')

I stand corrected.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 8, 2004 6:59 am (#2451 of 2977)

What's this, Catherine? All those shopping links and you haven't emailed them a one? For shame.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 8, 2004 7:10 am (#2452 of 2977)

Hi everyone. Happy Monday. I'm glad that, according to Chemyst and Mike, I've managed to tie the Simpsons and HP together for some people. Smile

Have a good day all. ***waves to Betty***

The only thing I've done for Christmas is I bought some decorations last week from a store that was having a "Going Out of Business" sale. Oh, dear. --- Catherine

The only thing I've done is think to myself, "It's not Thanksgiving yet, why is everyone talking about Christmas?"


  Catherine    - Nov 8, 2004 7:18 am (#2453 of 2977)

The only thing I've done is think to myself, "It's not Thanksgiving yet, why is everyone talking about Christmas?" Loopy Lupin


Procrastination. It's the next best thing to chocolate.

**waves to Kim while preparing to email those shopping links**


mike miller   - Nov 8, 2004 7:29 am (#2454 of 2977)

Welcome back Betty!!!! It is so good to see you posting with us again and that you're feeling better. ** Big Hugs**

Thanks to Julia for keeping us up to date.

I'm now off for 2 conference calls that will probably take me into the late afternoon. Have a great day everyone!


Julia.   - Nov 8, 2004 7:57 am (#2455 of 2977)

My pleasure keeping you all updated.

Mike, good luck on your conference calls, those things are rarely fun. Do remember to switch sides so that one shoulder doesn't really hurt by the end of the afternoon. Unless you have speaker phone, in which case ignore me.

Wow Catherine, you really have uber in-laws. They've already done their Christmas shopping! What planet are they from?! I'm with Loopy on this one, I've not even thought about it yet, and Hanukkah starts December 7th! AHHHHH I've just realized how little time that is! What on earth am I doing posting here when I have shopping to do?!


Marè   - Nov 8, 2004 9:23 am (#2456 of 2977)

Welcome back to Saralinda too! I saw you on the JKR thread, it's nice to have you here again!

And Saud it's okay. You can see for yourself how many threads you read by starting you forum day by clicking on the “your forums” link in the top left corner. It shows you the forum and the amount of unread posts. After your day of reading you can go back and compare, but remember, people post all the time and entire threads get deleted, so this will only give you a very rough idea of what you read.


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 8, 2004 9:29 am (#2457 of 2977)

I cannot even think of Christmas shopping. Somebody from the brain-trust at my school decided that this year they will forgo the reading day. Which means that my first final is 8 am the day after my last class. That will be tough because I have to get my daughter on the bus at 8 am. Our registrars’ office has finals for classes on days that the classes are not on, for instance a T/H class will have a Friday final. Classes that are held first thing in the...afternoon can have finals at 8 am as well. Makes no sense, I am telling you. However, the icing on the cake is my last day of finals is the 23rd of December. Guess when our snow day is? If there is a storm I get to come in on CHRISTMAS EVE!!!! I am furious over this sodding schedule.


Welcome Back Betty.


Julia.   - Nov 8, 2004 12:13 pm (#2458 of 2977)

I know the feeling Leila. You should see my finals schedule. For my MWF (Monday, Wednesday Friday) classes I have finals on Thursday 8am, Saturday at 8am, and Saturday 6pm. My Tu/Th (Tuesday, Thursday) classes I have finals Tuesday at 1pm and Wednesday at 1pm. I know I can get the Saturday ones moved because of Shabbos, but yuck! My school also has no reading days. Leila, can you complain to someone about this? I don't think they can make you come on Christmas Eve, isn't it a legal holiday?


Good Evans   - Nov 8, 2004 12:50 pm (#2459 of 2977)

Oh Leila - I'm recovering from laughing so hard at your indignation!! - but I do sympathise, fingers crossed that you don’t end up in on Xmas Eve!.

Catherine - laughed at the procrastination, I've done a teensy bit of shopping for stockings but that's all, and I thought I was being slow!

Julia - excuse my ignorance, how long does Hanukkah last?

And as for public holidays, I'm working xmas eve too (not a holiday in UK) but only 'til lunchtime, then I get to go home and cook for the relatives and family!!! (can't wait ....humbug humbug ... *muttering in to distance* .... not close enough to xmas yet for the christmas spirit, but then again - pass the butterbeer......)


Eponine- Nov 8, 2004 1:13 pm (#2460 of 2977)

We've done some Christmas shopping, but only for the niece and nephews. And that was only because we happened across a huge sale at a toy store. They had stuff for 50%-75% off, so we stocked up on things for Christmas and birthdays too. That's about all I've done. I've thought about gifts for other family members, but I haven't actually gotten anything else.

There are several houses here that already have Christmas lights up. I've given in on the stores selling Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving, but it bugs me to no end that people have lights up already! Sidenote: in Alaska, they keep Christmas/Winter lights up all winter long because it's dark there so much during the winter.

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well. Have a great day!


Julia.   - Nov 8, 2004 1:52 pm (#2461 of 2977)

No worries Good E. Hanukkah lasts 8 days. This year it begins at sundown on December 7th, and ends at sundown on December 15th.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 8, 2004 1:58 pm (#2462 of 2977)

Ooh, Julia, I have a question for you. I often visit some friends who are Jewish and I arrive on Fridays when they are having Shabbott. I want to surprise them next time by saying the prayer along with them. Can you tell me (or email it to me if you want) what they are saying or where I might find it?


Good Evans   - Nov 8, 2004 2:09 pm (#2463 of 2977)

aha - thanks for that Julia - I wasn’t sure as I remembered it being closer to christmas when I was a child, but as I haven't had any practising Jewish friends for a few years I had totally forgotten. Is it always the same dates or does it move around (like Easter for Christians?). I hope this isnt too religious, and hence against the rules for discussion. I'm just curious and promise I wont ask anything else. I would just like to get it right. I'll go and research on the web anything else..... promise!


Julia.   - Nov 8, 2004 2:19 pm (#2464 of 2977)

Done Loopy!

No problem Good E. Hanukkah, and all the Jewish holidays for that matter, follow a lunar calender, rather than a solar calendar. The dates more around on the English calendar, but stay the same on the Hebrew calendar. Hanukkah always begins on Chaf Dalad (the 24th) of the month of Kislev, but it moves a lot on the English calendar. It can be at the beginning of December one year and on Christmas the next. Hope that clears it up!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 8, 2004 2:36 pm (#2465 of 2977)

All this talking of christmas shopping is making me nervous!

I cheated this year, I got a catalogue from a charity (the red cross in Australia) and bought everyone's presents from that catalogue. easy! plus the nice feeling it makes for supporting a charity.

but I don't like that fact its come up so quick though!!!

Oooh I just had a thought. Christmas Eve is a Friday this year... yippee I don't have to work.

Julia thank you for explanation of hanukkah, it cleared a few things up for me to.

many grins to all



Lina- Nov 8, 2004 3:19 pm (#2466 of 2977)

Oh, Septentrion, a day off work! Lucky you! I found myself living for those days (we had one last month), much more than earlier. I think I would like to become a housewife, but I'm too scared of it.

And as for the Christmas eve, it is not a public holiday here neither, but it is an unofficial holiday at the place I work. So we have just one or two persons on duty that day. We had a Muslim, once, so she was the "victim" who always worked on that day (she would get a day off on her holiday), but now she is retired so our management has to look for other "victims". Luckily, I'm old enaugh and have many enaugh children never to have to do it. I was on duty only the first year on this job.


Elanor   - Nov 8, 2004 3:38 pm (#2467 of 2977)

Good afternoon, evening, morning everyone wherever you are! It is 11.30 p.m. here and I should already be in bed but there is nothing to keep me awake like the forum does...

About Christmas eve, it isn't a public holiday either here but a lot of people manage to have a day off on that day. Now that I am a teacher, I never work on Christmas eve because Christmas holidays usually begin a few days before Christmas (on the 18th of december this year).

But I used to work in tourist industry before and I worked sometimes on the 24th of december. I hated that! Except that one year something really weird happened to me on a Christmas eve afternoon. I was "the victim" for that day and was working alone at the tourist's office when a homeless person came in. He came at my desk at once and the first thing he said to me was "I want a nun". I was rather surprised, so I said "What?" and he said the same thing again. After some phone calls, I managed to get him a bed in a convent of the region who has a house for homeless persons. But it was definitely a weird afternoon!

BTW, thanks for the explanations Julia!


Accio Sirius   Nov 8, 2004 4:12 pm (#2468 of 2977)

Betty, I am so glad you are feeling better. Sorry it has been such a long journey to wellville. Just glad you got there. **Big wave to Betty**


Dr Filibuster   Nov 8, 2004 4:44 pm (#2469 of 2977)

Is it Christmas already???? Surely I haven't been away that long!

I've been to Spain. Flew back on Guy Fawkes Night. I suppose it was apt for Dr Filibuster to be in the air with all the fireworks. It was odd seeing them go off below you. I haven't caught up with the Lexicon yet because I've been having problems with "browser memory"

Betty, great to see you here again


Penny Lane.   - Nov 8, 2004 5:21 pm (#2470 of 2977)

Speaking of Christmas eve.. When I was 18, I started at a major hotel chain as a front desk person. Well, one of the perks of this particular hotel is that there is ALWAYS, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, someone at the front desk. It also paid really well, and we got holiday pay + time and a half for working Christmas and Christmas Eve. Needless to say, all of us money starved college students fought to work the holidays, especially Christmas. We catered primarily to business people, so when my name was picked out of the drawing to work Christmas Eve, I realized that I might have made a mistake. We had exactly 4 guests out of the 235 rooms available. I read almost all of a book, several newspapers, and chatted on the phone quite a bit.

Last year, I worked at Dead Lobster, where I was not given the day off, and it also ended up being one of the busiest days ever. No holiday pay or anything. Just the threat of permanent termination if one even attempted to take the day off.

Betty and Saralinda it's nice to see you again. I was worried.

I registered for classes today. I figured out my schedule last week, but apparently one of the classes is missing a pre-req, and it's because my adviser told me wrong information again. I am a bit peeved at her right now, as it seems everything she told me is just wrong. Either way, I figured out a better schedule. Right now I have 3 political science classes, 1 journalism class, and my french class. Nothing before 12, and everything is all nice and condensed so I don't have to walk all over the place. *cheer*


  Catherine    - Nov 8, 2004 5:32 pm (#2471 of 2977)

Well, Slacker Mom strikes again.

I forgot that today was Parent Observation Day at dance class for the girls. So did the other mom I carpool with. So I had to make a late grand entrance in front of everyone while the Ballet Czarina gave me a frosty frown.

Better late than never, as it was extremely cute. In the younger class, it was a constant laugh fest. One girl executed her moves in front of everyone and then yelled, "So can we go to Chik-Fil-A now?" Another girl would go to the video camera to see herself. They danced like cats to music from Lady and the Tramp, which Claire announced loudly to everyone. I enjoyed it all thoroughly.

Enjoy your evening, everyone.


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 8, 2004 7:17 pm (#2472 of 2977)

Good Afternoon, Good Evening & Good Morning!

I hope everyone is wonderful I can't believe you're all discussing Christmas, I must confess when it comes to getting prepared for Chrissy & doing my shopping etc I am a shocker! I've 10 nieces & nephews, 6 brothers & 1 sister on my side & Ben has two brothers & a sister PLUS their partners & our parents & it's just too much!!!! I think we will be doing Kris Kringle for the adults though this year & that way we just buy for the kids. I hope so! I can't even bring myself to write out my shopping list yet, it just seems too soon, but then before I know it it will be the week before & I'll be running around like a headless chook!

Well I'd better be off to get some work done, I'll pop in again in a little bit *waves bye for now*


Padfoot   - Nov 8, 2004 8:05 pm (#2473 of 2977)

Christmas shopping? But it's only the beginning of November? I haven't even thought of cards, let alone gifts.

Catherine, my job is going well. It is really a new experience for me. It seems I have left the world of Architecture and Interior Design and am learning a new profession. I am learning all about Residential land planning. Very different. But hey, I got a company cell phone today. I don't have to pay for it but have unlimited minutes. Woohoo!


Julia.   - Nov 8, 2004 11:04 pm (#2474 of 2977)

Yay, rejoice unto me, for I have finished my reading and am now heading off to sleep. Good night everyone!


VeronikaG   - Nov 9, 2004 2:17 am (#2475 of 2977)

I'm so lucky this year as to have three exams in one week. At least it will be over fast that way. Two of them I'm really dreading, though. Methods of social science is a hard subject in itself, with all the things you need to remember. The other subject shouldn't have had to be so hard, but our teacher, the one who looks hung-over all the time, has managed to repeat the same things all year. Few of us really understand what the class is all about.

I saw Christmas decorations in a shop window before going on the bus today. It made my morning!


Fawkes Forever- Nov 9, 2004 4:02 am (#2476 of 2977)

Nighty night Julia... sweet dreams! Interesting fact about the Lunar calendar... will now be able to spout that fact to impress people

Guys I'm putting my fingers in my ears hoping you are not talking about Christmas already

As a student I worked as a 'store elf', so I've worked several Christmas Eves. As a student I also worked in a pub for a while, and worked Christmas night, & New Years a few years running. (Probably why I detest New Years Eve). My most surreal Christmas dinner ever was at 3 o clock in the morning after the pub shut on Christmas night... was fun though!

I just realised that many of you won't know what I mean by 'store elf'. For those that don't know, the term 'Store Elf' was created last year by some forum members.. (might have been Poppy & Blast), to refer to the poor Shop Workers, who get a very rough deal in the run up to Christmas. I wasn't actually a store elf as in one of Santa's little Helpers ... LOL, now that would have been a mad job!

Daioma, my family does the Kris Kringle thing for the adults... so much easier.

Anyways Christmas is ages away yet, so until December it'll be, 'The Holiday Which Must Not be Named' Besides we have a lot more holidays between now and then...

Welcome back Sue, hope you had a nice time in Spain


Marè   - Nov 9, 2004 5:53 am (#2477 of 2977)

Waves to Veronika, Fawkes and Sue!

Okay, I'm not talking about the holiday that should not be named, but can somebody explain to me what a/ who a Kris Kringle is?


Pigwidgeon- Nov 9, 2004 6:21 am (#2478 of 2977)

Kris Kringle is one of the many names Santa Claus is given (I'm not sure exactly which countries use this moniker for The Man In Red). It's right up there with Father Christmas, Sinterklaas and a whole host of others I'm not remembering right now because I'm really not a morning person and my brain isn't at full power yet.

If there's any more significance, I'm not aware of it.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 9, 2004 6:41 am (#2479 of 2977)

Tsk, tsk Catherine. Wonder what you were doing when you were supposed to be observing? Razz

Thanks again to Julia with the Shabbos prayer. Now, I just need to order a fancy kippah and the surprise will be complete. (Otherwise, I have to wear a napkin on me head which doesn't do much for the old self-esteem.) Smile

Happy Tuesday everyone.


Julia.   - Nov 9, 2004 6:47 am (#2480 of 2977)

Good morning everyone. You see Fawkes, there is a reason why I would never be a store elf on Christmas, and you have hit the nail on the head. Granted, I don't celebrate Christmas in the traditional sense, but it just wouldn't be right without my chinese food and movie.

You're quite welcome Loopy. I might suggest you check out your local Judica store for a nice selection of kippahs, lest you be stuck wearing a napkin on your head (BTW, it doesn't have to be a napkin, any sort of head covering will do, including a baseball cap ). Well, I'm off to deal with the evil that is math. Have a good day everyone!


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 9, 2004 7:03 am (#2481 of 2977)

Well, actually this past Friday, I did go with a baseball cap instead of a napkin. I may order a Yankee kippah online. My friends are die-hard fans and I would be the envy of all. Smile


mike miller   - Nov 9, 2004 7:40 am (#2482 of 2977)

Daimoa - My wife's side of the family has many nieces and nephews so the rule is you only have to bring gifts for the kids if you are actually in attendance. Last year we had a quite Christmas at home so we did not have to provide presents for everyone. This year we're planning to go to Grandma's house so we'll be playing Santa this year.

I actually enjoy shopping for Christmas gifts late, not Christmas eve but certainly after Thanksgiving. There is an energy in the shopping environment that helps me get into the Holiday spirit. The only drawback is the wait to check out once you've made your selections. I've only made one purchase so far, Shrek 2 for my daughter's Christmas Stocking.

Have a great day everyone!


Fawkes Forever- Nov 9, 2004 7:48 am (#2483 of 2977)

Hey Mare,
Kris Kringle, or Kris Kindle is also another name for 'Secret Santa'.

I don't know if you're familiar with the tradition of Secret Santa. What happens is a group of people all write their names on a piece of paper, which are put into a hat/box/container. Then everyone in turn pulls out a name (if you pick your own you put it back & pick again). Then whoever’s name you get, you buy that person a christmas present, but you're not supposed to tell them who it's from Thus you are their Secret Santa. However, the secret normally gets out.

Julia, Chinese food and a movie sounds like a nice Christmas... but I admit I love my turkey & ham dinner


Marè   - Nov 9, 2004 7:56 am (#2484 of 2977)

Oh, that is very common practice over here too. It's called "suprise" (all syllabies pronounced) but it's not just presents. It comes with long (and often not so good but very funny) rhymes and the option of making complete constructions around your present. Or you could hide the present and send the receiver on a hunt for it with hints. The possibilities are endless.

And even allthough most people resent making the poems, it is always great fun hearing the results!


Chemyst   - Nov 9, 2004 8:11 am (#2485 of 2977)

I actually enjoy shopping for Christmas gifts late, not Christmas eve but certainly after Thanksgiving. - Mike Miller

...interesting. Over the years, I've found that my interest in Christmas shopping varies with – geography. For the years I lived within walking distance of a major shopping mall, I nearly always had my shopping done before Thanksgiving. My Christmas cheer came from being able to avoid the crowds! When I lived out in the sticks, then yes, it was such a treat to go enjoy the "energy in the shopping environment."
Out of curiosity, how urban/suburban/rural are you? ** follows urge to test geography theory **


boop- Nov 9, 2004 8:53 am (#2486 of 2977)

I want to thank all the well wishes. My road has been long, but the worst of my journey is over. Now I just have to work on getting myself back, which will be another long journey. I hope this journey will be alot easier than the last one. With all the support I have here and at home, should make this go so much easier. Again thank you and keep me in your prayers please. I can use all the help I can get.

Hugs Always



mike miller   - Nov 9, 2004 8:59 am (#2487 of 2977)

Chemyst - I've always enjoyed the hustle and bustle of Holiday shopping. I used to live within walking distance of 2 malls (Woodland Hills, California) and now I'm 15 minutes or 25 minutes by car from home depending on the mall; or, 15 minutes from work for a third mall. I often get inspiration for gift ideas from the displays in the stores, nor necessarily what is being displayed.

I do find it easier to shop on-line for some of the long distance gift giving. I live near Baltimore and parents live 3 hours East of Seattle in a little town called Wenatchee, so the Harry & David's Crab Cake special (12 crab cakes, 4 each of 3 different styles) a good option since they deliver.

EDIT: Hi Betty!! It is so, so good to see your posts. I hope the coming Holiday Season will continue to lift your spirits!


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 9, 2004 10:32 am (#2488 of 2977)

Heya. You guys sure are chatty! I've been busy busy busy with schoolwork. Major crunch time. Maaaan, school is hard! :snort:

Welcome back, Betty. Glad to hear you are getting better.

Chocolate toothpaste? That actually sounds kind of interesting to me. I love Peppermint Patties. Maybe it's something like that. Who makes it? I must have missed that detail...


Good Evans   - Nov 9, 2004 12:36 pm (#2489 of 2977)

Julia - undying thanks for the info - and I shall now think of you on christmas day with your chinese !!!!

Mike Miller - I think you are very generous, we have a rule no more than £5 per gift in the stocking, so Shrek 2 will be under the tree, I suspect Santa will bring it for the family rather than any named person this year.

I've had a ball getting the stockings together, each one must have about £30 worth of goods in (mum, dad, hubby, eldest child, youngest child) but the gifts are somewhat original this year (cant say what as far too unsecure a place to post!.. especially as they all know my user name!)

All the streets and the shops have their christmas displays up now (although lights aren't on yet thank heavens) so i've given in, roll on Valentines Day!!!!

Have a nice evening everyone.... off to post ....


Julia.   - Nov 9, 2004 12:43 pm (#2490 of 2977)

Lol Good E. 'Tis my pleasure to talk about Jew stuff, and I'm glad I could provide some amusement about Chinese food.


Doxy Bowtruckle - Nov 9, 2004 12:55 pm (#2491 of 2977)

Hello to you all,

135 posts to read, OMG! I think i will have to skip a few. That will teach me for playing on the Game Cube for so long! I would have said too busy working, but due to the personal stuff, nice caring doctor has signed me off for two weeks.

I see there is still talk of Christmas, i haven't thought about gifts yet, we have two birthdays to get through before that comes around!

take care all



mike miller   - Nov 9, 2004 1:00 pm (#2492 of 2977)

Good Evans - It's really hard for me not to spoil my only child (9 year old daughter Lauren) at Christmas time. My wife and I both do some shopping for her on our own along with deciding on one "big" gift (say a new bike). We try to keep each other up to date on our purchases so we don't end up with two of the same thing. When it comes time to wrap presents, we meet in the basement after our daughter has gone to sleep and sort out the gifts. If we've gone a little "over-board", we'll put some aside for her birthday which is in February. In a way we're killing 2 birds with one stone.


Good Evans   - Nov 9, 2004 1:06 pm (#2493 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 9, 2004 12:22 pm

ahhhh Mike - that is sweet - no offence intended, you spoil away, indulge and enjoy every minute of it. "Christmas is for the kids" afterall! All I was trying to say is that we keep our stockings small (max £5 per item) and the bigger or more exp are under the tree, but obviously we all do things a bit differently. The boys xmas Sacks went when they hit 13 now everything is under tree except their stockings which *Santa* brings while they are all asleep xmas eve.

I remember when they were 9 - it is a bit different now as all they want is DVD's, CD's, TV's, nasty shoot em up games - you guessed it teenage boys!


Dr Filibuster   Nov 9, 2004 1:16 pm (#2494 of 2977)

Hey, don't worry about getting Christmas presents yet, Diwali starts on Friday.

The Festival of Lights. See http://www.diwaliMela.com Happy festivities to all who participate. Where are all our Forum members from India? Do you celebrate with fireworks?


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 9, 2004 1:23 pm (#2495 of 2977)

Oops. One of my best friends is married to a nice Indian girl, much to her parents’ initial consternation but that's another story. Anyway, we're supposed to have a Diwali dinner on Thursday. She must be trying to beat the Diwali rush.

EDIT-- I assume there will be lights, but the only fireworks will be the heartburn afterward. She likes her spices.


Marie E. - Nov 9, 2004 1:25 pm (#2496 of 2977)

Well, I don't have the plague like lots of Coloradan wildlife, but I do have a sinus infection. For you Friends fans out there, I have the sexy phlegm. Heehee. I did get out of half a day at work and my husband cooked dinner for us last night. That was nice.

Betty!! Welcome back, sweetie!


  Catherine    - Nov 9, 2004 6:02 pm (#2497 of 2977)

She likes her spices. --Loopy Lupin

Mmm...authentic cuisine! Worth the heartburn, in my book. One of the drawbacks to living in a small Southern town off of the beaten path is our lack of ethnic diversity in our "cuisine." The rumor is that a Thai restaurant is opening here in a few weeks, although I will believe it when I see it.

I was compelled to post this "cute kid" moment in light of the holiday discussions we've had over the last day or two. A few moments ago, Hayley (our 4 year-old) was singing to herself as she was coloring. I finally "tuned into" the words, and just laughed aloud when I realized what she was singing. I hope our Jewish friends can find this funny, as we used it for a teaching moment.

She sang, "There are one, two three, four, five, six, seven days of harmonica...." We had to explain that the word needed here was Hanukkah, and I promise that we did discuss the Hanukkah story.

Tomorrow evening I find out if my nomination to the Humane Society Board went through. If I get the votes, they would be installing me as an officer, which is a big leap for me, as I've never served on a charitable board before. I do have a real passion for the Humane Society's mission, though, and I'm hoping that I can make a real contribution there.

**does wish-wish-wishing for good luck**

Hope everyone had a great Tuesday. I sure did!


Julia.   - Nov 9, 2004 6:14 pm (#2498 of 2977)

*wish-wish-wishes for Catherine!* Good luck!

LOL, that story was too funny Catherine. Yay for harmonica/Hanukkah. That actually happens quite a bit. When I was little, people who had been friends with me for ages would make call it harmonica. At least you used it for a teaching moment. *thumbs up for you!* Well, I'm off to go clean myself and my cloths.



The giant squid   - Nov 10, 2004 12:03 am (#2499 of 2977)

Marie: how very odd...we haven't been in the same room together on over 7 months, but somehow you still gave me your sinus infection! Mine settled in my throat, making me vary between "cool raspy voice" and "barely audible". Thankfully, I've found a doctor that accepts my insurance plan, so I'm now well-stocked with anti-biotics.

But wait--it gets better. Yesterday I had some major dental work done as well. I had two wisdom teeth ("third molars" to you biology types) removed and another tooth crowned. Ouch. So now I get to take a handlful of pills every 6 hours for the next week or so. The price one pays to be healthy...

As for working Christmas Eve, I've worked either that, Christmas Day or Thanksgiving every year for the last decade. Whether I was working retail or, now, at the theater, I've always been at a place where working Christmas was mandatory. At least at the theater we close early Christmas Eve and open late Christmas Day.



Denise S.- Nov 10, 2004 1:13 am (#2500 of 2977)

Mike, you got your wisdom teeth taken out just yesterday and you're coherent enough to post? Wow. I had mine taken out last July and wasn't good for anything for the next two days. Of course, maybe it depends on the anesthesia; I was knocked out for mine.

Hope you get better--a sinus infection on top of gaping holes in your skull can't be a good combination.

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Marè   - Nov 10, 2004 1:29 am (#2501 of 2977)

GASP, Denise! Denise, you’re back!

Hugs! Where have you been? How do you do?


Denise S.- Nov 10, 2004 5:27 am (#2502 of 2977)

*huge wide smile to Marè* Funny story, really. I was bored one weekend and figured I'd go out into the wilds and try to convince people of the virtues and wonders that make the Harry Potter Wizardverse. They didn't seem too hot about it, though, and said something about my needing an exorcism...from there it gets foggy, but when I came to I found myself in Japan. Not exactly sure how I'm going to get back, but I've started trying to convert people here already. That ought to get me back to the States before too long, right? ;-)

(Excessively stressful year, but still not enough to keep me from ultimately returning. It's great to see you all again, and to meet all the new people, too!)

Random note: I was discussing my Harry Potter obsession during tutoring today (random aside: the word for "obsession" in Japanese is written with characters that mean "in the middle of a dream"), and I cannot describe how disheartening it was that both my tutors not only did not know the Japanese title for CoS, but for OoP as well! We quickly remedied that with a trip to the college bookstore. ^_^


Neldoreth- Nov 10, 2004 5:30 am (#2503 of 2977)

Well, I'm finally back in this dear Forum after long months of "real-life-obligations".

I finished my german-study a few weeks ago (and got satisfying marks!) now I'm officially over with the study and happy with it! Time for me to move on.

I'm lucky to have currently a job for the next months (finishing the project I was working on this summer in the "Work-experience") and I will probably have a serious job-hunting after Christmas.

You can imagine how I missed you all and I welcome all new members of the last months!

In a few weeks, with the DVD of PoA coming out, I'll have the Geeky Movie Lists updated (see thread in the Movie-section) ... (advertisement hehehe) until then, I'll be trying to read the new threads, the old ones and their developments etc.


Marè   - Nov 10, 2004 5:52 am (#2504 of 2977)

Hmm apparently some-one announced reunion day! Welcome back Neldoreth, congratulations on finishing your study!

And Denise I am in awe, living in Japan, that is such a brave thing to do. People who don't understand you, completely different culture... (or is your japanese so good that you can manage )


  Catherine    - Nov 10, 2004 6:02 am (#2505 of 2977)

It's good to see you back, Denise S. and Neldoreth.

Mike, OUCH! What a double whammy! Just what you needed; a sinus infection and two new holes in the head!

Well, I think I jinxed myself last week when I was smugly telling Kim that we typically don't have a hard frost until Thanksgiving. **waves to Lupin is Lupin!** Alas, earwax, we awoke to silver frosting everywhere, and my poor little sweet potato vines were mushy and black. That means I'll have to do yard work today, as they need to get yanked out and something else put in the bare spots. I'm a little sad at their loss, as they looked really good with our pumpkins, like a pumpkin patch. They also grew like crazy, and made it appear that I knew what I was doing. I need all the help I can get!

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!


Denise S.- Nov 10, 2004 7:11 am (#2506 of 2977)

Hi to Neldoreth and to Catherine!

Well, I'm here for a year and in a dorm and stuff, so about the closest that it is to real life is that I have to cook for myself now. My Japanese ability is debatable, but I've managed to meet a bunch of cool people who can understand my butchered grammar. Alas, after this it's back to the regular stresspot that is normal college, but I'm trying to ignore that in the meanwhile. :-)

Neldoreth, cool that you spent a year studying German. Tho', I'm confused; you say in your profile that you studied German in France. I don't understand the connection... did you end up learning/improving your German and French?


boop- Nov 10, 2004 7:23 am (#2507 of 2977)

WELCOME BACK Denise S. and Neldoreth

Mike, are you able to open your mouth? OUCH!!! That must have been a painful day. Hope you recover quickly!!!

*Waves to Catherine and Loopy*

Edit: Welcome all new and returning potter fans


  mollis     - Nov 10, 2004 7:36 am (#2508 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 10, 2004 6:37 am

Wow - good luck with your recovery Mike!

And hey - it's Wednesday! The week's almost over!

Edit: Hi Betty! Glad to see you back here with us!


Neldoreth- Nov 10, 2004 8:08 am (#2509 of 2977)

Re Denise S: I've studied german-language, culture, literature etc, during five years in France and also lived two years in Germany (in Bavaria and in Münster). But i'm french Smile


Julia.   - Nov 10, 2004 8:24 am (#2510 of 2977)

WELCOME BACK DENISE S. AND NELDORETH. *hands Denise S. and Neldoreth welcome back butterbeer*

Mike, I feel your pain. I had all four of my wisdom teeth taken out over the summer. It hurts quite a bit. I hope your friendly oral surgeon gave you perkoset or something like it.

Well, I'm off to get my Shakespeare on. Have a good day everyone.

Wow it took a long time to type that. The shift key on the right doesn't seem to be working..........Yay, fixed.


septentrion   - Nov 10, 2004 10:20 am (#2511 of 2977)

Hi everyone !

Welcome back to Denise S., Betty and Neldoreth !

No work tomorrow, and a lot of cakes this week-end for the Aïd El-Fitr (the end of the Ramadan). One of my muslim colleague has brought some arabic cakes today (in fact, they're common in Greece, Turkey and the arabic world)...mmmm. They didn't stay for long looks like I'm going to do some shopping....baklavas and green tea with mint....sounds good... *toddles off in daydreaming*


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 10, 2004 11:29 am (#2512 of 2977)

OMG. Denise S! Knock me over with a floating feather. Welcome back!

septentrion, hand over some of those sweets! YUM.


Marie E. - Nov 10, 2004 12:24 pm (#2513 of 2977)

Awwwww, poor squid/Mikey! Hope you recover soon. So sad that I wasn't born with any wisdom teeth so I can't sympathize completely. Say, when I talked to Mom the other day she didn't mention your teeth. She does know, doesn't she? You have called our mother, haven't you?

Denise S, welcome back!! It's nice to see that squid kite again. I've always wanted to visit Japan. Now I can live vicariously through you.

Btw, it is very windy and cold here in Colorado today. Pooh Bear would call it a "blustery day". I actually saw someone's umbrella get turned inside out this morning.


septentrion   - Nov 10, 2004 12:37 pm (#2514 of 2977)

Gina, and anyone who wants, help yourself as much as you like with these cakes.


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 10, 2004 3:21 pm (#2515 of 2977)



The giant squid   - Nov 10, 2004 4:28 pm (#2516 of 2977)

Thanks for the well wishes, guys. I actually got the procedure done at the dentist (not an oral surgeon) with just novocaine to dull the senses. I was actually pretty much ready to go yesterday, but took the day off just to be safe. Now I just have to remember to be careful when eating until the holes fill up.

Say, when I talked to Mom the other day she didn't mention your teeth. She does know, doesn't she? You have called our mother, haven't you?--Marie E.

Um...sure...yeah, I called Mom. Uh-huh. *makes mental note--"call Mom"* It was really a spur-of-the-moment thing; I knew I was going to have it done eventually, but when I went in last Wed. to make the appointment the best day was the following Monday.

A hearty Welcome Back! to Neldoreth, Denise S. and any other recent re-Forumers I may have missed.



Accio Sirius   Nov 10, 2004 4:59 pm (#2517 of 2977)

MMMM Baklava. One of my favorites!

Hope you feel better Mike and Marie! Brothers and sisters that share everything!

I can't even begin to think about Christmas. We still are getting over Halloween and just starting to think about Thanksgiving. Luckily, I was on the ball when Target put their PoA toys on clearance. I grabbed some up and shoved them in the back of my closet for Christmas. We've really cut back on the number of gifts for the kids. At most, maybe five presents each from Santa. I'm one of five kids and all of my siblings buy for my kids, as does my mother, my mother-in-law, step-mother-in-law and father-in-law, so they come home with car loads of toys as it is. Mike Miller, sounds like we have the same plan. My son's birthday is in February and my daughter's is in March. So if I do go overboard, I just save the gifts for birthdays. The weekend begins tonight for us. The kids are off of school the next two days. Here's to all of the brave veterans out there. You have my gratitude. (Even if my daughter was calling it Veterinarian's Day!)

Catherine, I certainly hope you get the new post on the Humane Society. You seem like you would be perfect for it! One of the many causes you champion so well!


Denise P.   - Nov 10, 2004 5:25 pm (#2518 of 2977)

Having lived in both Greece and Saudi Arabia, I am probably rare in the fact that I don't particularly like baklava. It is just too sweet for me. A small, 2 inch square is good and that is about it.

I am in agony....well...not really but I am sore. I have been going to the gym and taking various classes and working on weight machines. I had a double whammy today. I added another set to my weights (which doesn't sound like much but trust me, you feel it) AND I did 20 minutes on an elliptical. I do 45 min on a treadmill so thought 20 min on the elliptical would be a breeze. Those are devious, deceptive machines. They look like a simple yet fun way to exercise. After 10 minutes, I would have consented to a filling sans novocaine if it got me off that machine early. I was tough, I went the 20 minutes but I am sore, sore, sore. Even my fingers are sore! I am just sore all over from adding a set (and more weight on one of my machines). I am a glutton, I will be back tomorrow to do my weights again but I am swimming tomorrow and saving the elliptical for another day.


  Catherine    - Nov 10, 2004 5:38 pm (#2519 of 2977)

Good for you, Denise! You obviously went through the "no pain, no gain" mentality today. I was "forced" to join a gym back in the summer, as the club has the best swimming pool in town, but they ended their nifty "pool only" memberships.

So I went through the orientation they so thoughtfully provide new members. A few of my friends who actually work out regularly overheard my comments, and for some reason they felt sorry for my tour guide. This really nice, gung-ho young lady was earnestly explaining all the benefits of exercise, and I told her that I really thought exercise was healthy, and good, and swell. For other people. **waves to Loopy Lupin because I said the same thing to him about yard work!**

I still haven't heard if I've been voted into the Humane Society Board. If they reject me, may I call upon the Forum for some well-placed hexes? Of course I am only kidding! I don't care if the hexes are well-placed or not!

Cheers, and W00T! We have no school tomorrow due the Veteran's Day Holiday. I shall enjoy a lie-in tomorrow.

**waves to the Veterans on the Forum and everywhere with heart-felt thanks**


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 10, 2004 6:03 pm (#2520 of 2977)

A big Welcome Back to Denise S. and Neldoreth, names from so long ago it's gotten a bit foggy.

A big Happy Birthday to all the Devil Dogs out there. Are there any on this forum? I had to wish my husband, a former Marine, a Happy Birthday too, today.

Denise, nice work at the gym. Can my thighs live vicariously through your exercising?

As for the baklava--have pity on me. I spent my life going to all sorts of family get-togethers and the baklava was overflowing. I, however, despise baklava. I therefore assuaged my hunger pains with those delicious powdered cookies--pure butter, mind you and the braided cookies with the melted butter on top. Mmmmmmm, Greek cookies. Don't even get me started on the bread that comes out during Greek Easter. It's the end.


  Catherine    - Nov 10, 2004 6:26 pm (#2521 of 2977)

Happy Birthday to Mr. Kim.

Mmm...Greek cookies....

No fair bringing up yummy treats when I am trying to cut back from the excesses of Halloween and 50% off candy. **casts hunger wards around self**

Um, Denise, can I get you to do my exercising for me, too?


Denise P.   - Nov 10, 2004 6:35 pm (#2522 of 2977)

I knew it was the Marine Corps birthday (229 years) since our charter organization for Cubs is the Marine Corps League. But...it is also Mr. Denise's actual birthday. I wished him happy birthday last night when he called (it was today already where he is)


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 10, 2004 6:41 pm (#2523 of 2977)

Happy Birthday to Mr. Denise!


Pinky   - Nov 10, 2004 6:45 pm (#2524 of 2977)

Denise S, I heard you were back, but I refused to believe it until I saw you with my own 2 little beady, black eyes. I believe you were a member here before me - so I feel like I'm welcoming a big sister back. I've often thought about you and wondered what happened to you. Now I know it was Japan. That's so cool that you are over there. Be sure to write down some good recipes - you'll want them later!


Julia.   - Nov 10, 2004 7:21 pm (#2525 of 2977)

Happy birthday to Misters Kim and Denise. Hope they're having good days. Denise, any word on when Mr. Denise is comming home?

My friends made fun of me today for liking Christmas. I mean, I know I'm Jewish, but I still like to sing Christmas songs and buy presents for my friends and believe that an old fat guy in red brings presents to people who celebrate Christmas. Why do all my Jewish friends seem to have a problem with this? GRRRRRRRR!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 10, 2004 7:24 pm (#2526 of 2977)

Well, Julia, not to delve into forbidden territory here, but I think the problem may be that your viewing a religious holiday in a secular manner and your friends don't. But I'm just shooting from the hip here.


Julia.   - Nov 10, 2004 7:29 pm (#2527 of 2977)

Nice guess Kim, but all my friends up here are Jewish. Most of them just get fed up with it. One of them is the most excited person on the planet because she'll be in Israel over Christmas.


Denise S.- Nov 10, 2004 8:40 pm (#2528 of 2977)

It's nice to see that squid kite again.  Squid "kite"??? What the heck are you talking about? I went to great lengths to find Dumbledore taking a quick jaunt out and about! ;-)

I have learned a particularly good recipe for pumpkin, and if it stays in season, I'm thinking about making a pumpkin pie from complete scratch. Dunno how to do that quite yet, since I've only heard it mentioned in Little House in the Big Woods, but that's what the internet is for, right? :-)


WeasleyKing- Nov 10, 2004 9:04 pm (#2529 of 2977)

Hello everyone! New to the Forum. Been following it for a while. I saw a few of you have recently joined a gym. When I'm on the stationary bikes working my butt off,(literally) I can't help but wish for the "Spinner's End." :-)


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Nov 10, 2004 9:08 pm (#2530 of 2977)

"I went to great lengths to find Dumbledore taking a quick jaunt out and about! ;-)"

And a job well done indeed! Nice to meet you.


Leprechaun Jack!   - Nov 10, 2004 9:28 pm (#2531 of 2977)

Welcome back and Happy birthdays all around.

I have been getting ready to move at the moment I am covered in several different colors of paint (and I only did 2 rooms). Jeeze what a night, anyone have any extra butterbeers or Ogdens fire whiskey I could use a drink.

I'll be gone from the Forum for the next couple of days or so, between the moving, setting up house, and waiting for my new Internet connection it could be about a week before I get a chance to come around.

Do me a favor and don't post too much I have a feeling I'm never gonna' catch up.

Personal note to Betty: I'm so glad you’re feeling better and back to your other family, you were truly missed.



Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 10, 2004 9:49 pm (#2532 of 2977)

Good Afternoon, Good Morning & Good Night (sweet dreams ) to all!

Hope you are all well, Mike, I hope you mouth feels better real soon, I can recommend rinsing your mouth with warm salt water to help it heal. (I had four wisdom teeth taken out at once & they were still right up in my gums, growing sideways! Ouch!)

It is a terrible rainy day here in Melbourne, which I really shouldn't be complaining about because we desperately need the rain, as we are all on water restrictions due to drought conditions, so hopefully some of this rain that we've been getting on & off for the past two weeks is finally going into some of the water catchments. But that said, it makes my hair go curly!

Talk to you all shortly, be good!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 10, 2004 10:05 pm (#2533 of 2977)

Daioma. Hi! Its trying to rain here too. But not succeeding too well at the moment. We had a gorgeous storm last Thursday week at 5.30am, but again, not much rain.

I discovered about two weeks ago that the house I bought last year sits on one of the main shortcuts between the wheat silos and the main roads coming into town. I get woken up at odd hours of the night by the vibrations (this is one of the times I'm glad I can't hear too well with my ears out) of the trucks going past.

We didn't have much of a wheat harvest last year because of the drought, so it was a rude shock but welcome in a roundabout way.

And I hope you get lots of rain... you need it.

Many grins to all, have a good weekend, and see you all on Monday!



Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 10, 2004 10:17 pm (#2534 of 2977)

I'm hoping so too Lizzy! Although last I heard our water catchments where only just over 40% full, so it had better keep on raining. But with summer approaching..... We just have to remember to do our bit to conserve the water I guess, least with all the rain no one will have to worry about watering their gardens!

Those trucks must be moving pretty quick to give off such vibrations! Ben is a truck driver & we own three trucks so I'm not going to bag all truck drivers but some of them just go way too fast! It's quite scary sometimes.


TwinklingBlueEyes   - Nov 10, 2004 10:20 pm (#2535 of 2977)

I understand what you are saying lizzy. Is cane harvest season here in southeast Louisiana. Even though I can hear, we live on a "floaton", a floating land mass. I live in the middle of several cane fields so the big trucks are going in and out all day hauling the harvest to the mill. As their massive weight starts to bounce over the rough roads, so does the land and my house! They will almost shake you out of bed! Ah! the joys of country living!


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 10, 2004 10:26 pm (#2536 of 2977)

I'd like to introduce you all to ELVIS! My darling little kitten! I'm a proud mama!


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 10, 2004 10:57 pm (#2537 of 2977)

::headbutts Elvis::

Ickle cutey-pie!


Penny Lane.   - Nov 10, 2004 11:47 pm (#2538 of 2977)

OMG what an adorable kitty!!! Looks like little Nymphadora might have some competition in the "adorable kitten department" - even if she's not so little anymore, judging by Gina's most recent pictures. ;-)

*Squeals with Excitement over kittys*

Okay.. Guess what?! My roommate moved out last night. I was shocked, because we've been getting along okay, and last night we had our first, albeit TINY argument.. She said she was leaving for the night and we'd discuss the implications later. I thought perhaps she was going to ask me to find another room, as i'm the one who was assigned her by mistake.

Nope. At 7 a.m. (after 2 hours of sleep on my part) i'm woken up by the sound of drawers and closets slamming and things being moved around. By the time I got up, she had all her drawers empty.

So.. She finally got the rest of her stuff out around 8 tonight, and I spent the evening scrubbing down, vacuuming, and re-decorating to my standards. Also, I listened to some Blondie and AC/DC and danced around now that I have FLOOR SPACE. *Cheers* now if i could just have my cat, I'd be the happiest person..


Elanor   - Nov 11, 2004 2:33 am (#2539 of 2977)

Hello everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a great 11th of November/Veterans Day! It is also a public holiday here (we commemorate the end of WW1).

I hope everyone will enjoy that day off and happy birthdays to the ones named in the last posts! Diaoma: your kitten is so sweet! I'm happy for you Penny!

The day promises to be rather cold here: we even saw our first snowflakes yesterday. Brr... Ah, the joys of winter... As I live in a small town in the countryside, I should even say the joys of winter in the countryside with you TBE! Though, I doubt snow is included in your winter countryside program...


VeronikaG   - Nov 11, 2004 2:56 am (#2540 of 2977)

Last night I dreamt that I had gotten hold of book 6! It was like "I can't believe it! It's finally here! The answers to so many questions!" But then it was only a dream and I had to go to school. Sigh!

What? Snow in France? How can it be, when up here there is no sign of winter yet. It's not even cold.

Do you get to keep the apartment to yourself now, Penny? Or do you get another roomie assigned?

Happy birthday to several people.


Essidji- Nov 11, 2004 3:09 am (#2541 of 2977)

Eleanor and Veronika, YES, it is true we got some snow yesterday, though it melted since. According to what I heard, we should see some more falling today, which makes my daughters very excited.

Where exactly do you live, Eleanor? I am from Lorraine.


The giant squid   - Nov 11, 2004 3:56 am (#2542 of 2977)

Daioma, your kittie is indeed a cutie-pie! Oh, and my dentist told me about rinsing with salt water already, but thanks.

I got the crowning point in my medical nightmare of a week: my tests came back and, yup, my cholesterol is high. I figured it would be, as I've been living on fast food & TV dinners for over a decade, but it's still kinda depressing to have it confirmed. That's why I never went to the doctor--they only ever give you bad news!

So I have a month to turn it around with diet or he'll put me on medication. I'm already preparing to take two pills a day. How can I give up my cheeseburgers?

Penny Lane: that's...weird about the roommate thing. If she really did freak out over one little fight you're probably much better off. Imagine how she'd have reacted if you'd had a major blowout!



Fawkes Forever- Nov 11, 2004 4:22 am (#2543 of 2977)

Welcome Back Denise S. and Neldoreth & Welcome WeasleyKing to the forum

Bonjour Karine.. haven't seen you for a bit!

Haven't seen any snow yet (well it is only November). But it's very cold out, about 12 degrees C (20 F) But I suppose thats considered warm for November!

Penny I would not worry about your roommate... she obviously has some issues... does that mean you get the room all to yourself now.. if so... cool!

Mike... sending some pain relief vibes your way & hope some will filter over to Denise P as well. Denise, I know exactly how you feel after overdoing it in the gym... Flame advised me once to take a bath with Epsom salts in it (if you can actually get a spare 10 mins ) Or just a hot bath, honest, it does work!

I'm very hyper today as I just booked flights to go to London... next month! Woohoo.. still have to find & book my hotel, but I'm going anyways! I've always wanted to go to London... and I'll be there in time to see all the Christmas lights and see all the sights ... ooh I can't wait! My sister has specified that under no circumstances however, am I allowed to drag her into some grotty old pub, even if I think it might be the Leaky Cauldron


Denise S.- Nov 11, 2004 4:35 am (#2544 of 2977)

And it goes without saying that you're stopping at King's Cross, right?


Fawkes Forever- Nov 11, 2004 4:38 am (#2545 of 2977)

Oh yes.... bumping into random walls & trying not to attract too much attention


septentrion   - Nov 11, 2004 5:09 am (#2546 of 2977)

Hi everyone ! Have a good 11th November !

in northern France, we had no snow, more an Irish weather (kidding) : rain, grey sky and around 8° C. Yet we've had some sun this morning.

I'm with you, Julia, about the Christmas thing. For my part, I like u every feast, when you see people happy, smiling, eating good stuff and why not offer presents (an when you have a day off, it's even better ). BTW what's Hannukah about ? *mental note to buy something like judaïsm for dummies*

Off to eat some baklavas with friends...


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 11, 2004 5:15 am (#2547 of 2977)

Thank-you so much to those that thought my little boy was a cutie, I am just a tad biased, but I thoroughly agree with you all! Although my poor little munchkin is very quiet tonight, he had a vaccination needle today

Penny Lane, I agree with Mike, if you're roommate freaked that way your way better off with her gone, and as you said, now you can decorate as you please.

I can't believe you've had snow in Paris already! I wish I could see it!!! I went to Paris in Spring of 99, only for a week, (was travelling for a month but had Ireland & England to go to also) and absolutely fell in love! The buildings, the streets, the atmosphere, the people everything! We (my cousin & I) loved it. Although we did meet one very freaky French man that after 10 minutes of meeting my cousin declared (in thick French accent) "Oh Rakel, ow I would louve for u to be de mudther of my childrun!" We giggled about it all the way home


Julie Aronson   - Nov 11, 2004 5:28 am (#2548 of 2977)

My boyfriend and I host a Christmas brunch for "wayward Jews." We are not actually that far off the beaten path (I'm more observant than he) but we look at it as something fun to do when everything is closed. Plus, we like the idea of spending some festive quality time with friends and family. Sometimes the holidays even overlap. Chanukah is early this year, but next year I believe it starts on Christmas Eve ;-)!



Loopy Lupin   - Nov 11, 2004 6:54 am (#2549 of 2977)

Septentrion, here's a link I found for school kids about Hannakah.


Hello everyone. Happy birthdays to those who have them. Happy Veteran's Day! (Of course, I'm working on this "holiday.") And, Happy Dewali to everyone. Yum, Indian food later. Smile


Pinky   - Nov 11, 2004 6:58 am (#2550 of 2977)

Oooh - Indian food! As long as it isn't too spicy hot (I'm a wimp), I love Indian food. And a lassi to drink. There's an Indian restuarant not too far from us, but we haven't tried it yet. When/what is Dewali? Would that be a good time to try the restuarant out?[/b]

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septentrion   - Nov 11, 2004 7:08 am (#2551 of 2977)

Thanks for the link Loopy.

Indian food is great !


Julia.   - Nov 11, 2004 7:09 am (#2552 of 2977)

Hanukkah starts on Christmas Eve next year?! Wow that's late. Septentrion, LOL about Judaism for Dummies. I myself might need to pick up a copy. Being that Judaism for Dummies has not been written yet (although I have seen the Idiots Guide to Judaism) I'll tell you a little bit about Hanukkah.

Back in the time of the Second Temple the Roman king, a guy by the name of Antiochus (I'm sure I totally mangaled that spelling) wanted to kill all the Jews (what else was new). A guy named Judah Macabeee decided that he did not want this king killing himself and his family and all his friends and everyone else who practiced his religion for being Jewish. So he and his eight brothers and some other Jews started up a rather rag-tag army to fight the Romans. This army was known as the Macabees, named after their leader Juda Macabee. So the small little Macabee army defeated the big bad Romans. This is the first miracle of Hanukkah. During the fighting the Roman army had gone into the Temple and pretty much destroyed it and definitely desolated it. All of the holy items had been destroyed -  the Eternal Light (literally, it was a lamp over the Ark where the Torah is kept) had gone out. The Macabees went into the Temple and found enough oil to light the Eternal Light, but it was only enough to keep it light for one day. This was a problem because it would take eight days to make more oil (this was, after all, the Eternal Light, they couldn't just any oil they found laying around, it had to be the purest oil there is). They lit the Light anyway and found that the oil that was supposed to last only one day lasted eight. This is the second miracle of Hanukkah. At the end of the eight days they got more oil and rededicated the Temple to G-d. This is where Hanukkah gets it's name. Hanukkah literally translates to mean 'dedication.'

Penny, I'm so happy that your roommate moved out. Now you get to enjoy the nice big room to yourself. You can play music any time you like, and decorate with stuff you like. Nice.

Fawkes, have a most excellent time in London! How long are you going for? I have a recommendation for a hotel for you. The Dolphin Square is great. When I stayed there with my family a few years ago the room was huge (actually, since we had a suite it was more like an apartment), the bathroom was gigantic, and it's a few blocks from the Underground.

Wow, this took nearly 20 minutes to post. Now that I've done this, I'm off to do math and then make challah for about 70 people. Have a good day everyone!


   - Nov 11, 2004 7:26 am (#2553 of 2977)

Happy Veteran's Day to all! My thanks to all of the veterans for their efforts and their sacrifices.

We're enjoying a lazy, school-free morning. Mr. Catherine was pouting that, although the other state employees have the day off today, he still has to teach because the University maintains its usual schedule.


Have a great day, everyone.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 11, 2004 7:42 am (#2554 of 2977)

Diwali (my friend pronounces it dee-va-li) is the Indian festival of lights and, I think, the Indian new year.

Here's a link:


I have seen things saying that it is actually tomorrow, but the temple around here sent out flyers saying it is today. So, I don't really know "when" necessarily. I know that I'm celebrating tonight. Yay!

LOL Catherine. I don't believe we ever took Vet's day off when I was in college. In fact, I only really came to know that people took the day off when I starting working and was not getting the holiday. **pouts**


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 11, 2004 8:11 am (#2555 of 2977)

I'm sure I totally mangaled that spelling---Julia

Yes, you did. But not quite the way you imagined. Chat & Greetings 2004 - Page 8 464751818

But thanks for the Jewish tutorial. Always happy to expand my knowledge of the world's religions.


Acceber  - Nov 11, 2004 9:03 am (#2556 of 2977)

I think you spelled Antiochus right Julia, contrary to what Kim said. And you gave a much longer and more detailed summary on Chanukah than I could have ever given, so thanks for refreshing my memory.

Catherine, LOL! Harmonica. *snort*

The weather here in Boston has been extremely strange during the past few weeks. I was looking at a chart in our paper this morning and was laughing to myself at how the temperature has changed. Normally at this time of year, it's in the 40's (Fahrenheit) during the day, warm enough to be outside without freezing, but cold enough to need gloves/hats/scarves. About a week and a half ago, on Halloween, the temperatures got into the 70's and I was parading around in a T-shirt. Yesterday, the lowest temperature was around 25, horribly low, and I was freezing. The weather has changed about 45 degrees in a week and a half. That's New England for you.

Welcome back Denise S. and Neldoreth.

Off to finish reading the Forum and enjoy my day off from school (Veterans' Day). Tata!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 11, 2004 9:05 am (#2557 of 2977)

I wasn't referring to Antiochus, Becca.


Elanor   - Nov 11, 2004 9:51 am (#2558 of 2977)

Hello again everybody!

Bonjour Essidji, nice to see other French people here! To answer your questions, I live in a small medieval town near Roanne ( far north of the Loire département). I am on the borders of 3 regions: I live in Rhône-Alpes but Burgundy is only 3 km far from us and Auvergne less than 20 km. Actually, I work in Burgundy...

As for the snow, the one that felt yesterday has melt but I had to drive in a serious shower of snow yesterday not far from here and a little higher (600 meters high) where it certainly stayed on the roofs, so it's not far. But today, the weather was only cold and grey with 4°C in the afternoon.

Great news Fawkes! I hope you will have a lot of fun there!

Thanks for the explanations Julia! I always wondered about that feast without daring to ask about.


mike miller   - Nov 11, 2004 10:03 am (#2559 of 2977)

Happy Veteran's Day!! Although I never served in the military, I have supported a couple of veteran's organizations for many years now. We owe our men and women in the service a great deal!

Denise - I'll be hitting the gym tonight afterwork. I have only one word for you; whirlpool! I always end my workout with a quick swim and 20 minutes in the jacuzzi. All of those sore muscles just melt away.

Daioma - Your Elvis is a cutie! Does he like fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches too? My wife just added a picture of our newest kitten (Jasmine) to our screen saver at home. Kittens always seem to have ears far too big for their heads!

Have a great day everyone, off to check a few threads.....


Accio Sirius   Nov 11, 2004 11:16 am (#2560 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 11, 2004 10:16 am

Denise, I feel your pain. I've started a program through our YMCA and have been alternating days between swimming and circuit training. It's amazing how much better I feel, although I haven't really lost any weight. I have lost inches everywhere, so that's a little encouraging. Mike, aka Giant Squid, if you haven't watched Super Size This, you may want to. It will cure you of fast food and save your liver! Especially if you watch the interview with the guy who wrote Fast Food nation. Trust me, I loved the quickie McDonald's lunch as much as everybody, and I can't say that I will never eat their fries, but I am off of that bandwagon for a good long while!

Happy Thursday everyone.


  mollis     - Nov 11, 2004 11:26 am (#2561 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 11, 2004 10:28 am

Acceber: "The weather has changed about 45 degrees in a week and a half."

You should move to the midwest! A couple years ago we had about an 80 degree swing in around 24 hours. Talk about a shock to the system!

And to add to the fast food discussion - I can give or take the fast food burgers. But give me a grilled stuffed beef burrito from Taco Bell and I am one happy girl!


  Catherine    - Nov 11, 2004 11:41 am (#2562 of 2977)


I'm officially on the Humane Society Board! I'm really excited. They must not know what a Slacker I really am!

I purposely did not watch Supersize Me when I had the opportunity in Charlottesville last month. I could have seen it for $2, but I chose Prisoner of Azkaban instead. I'm no McDonald's fan, and haven't had a burger of theirs since I was six years old, but I love their fries and Egg McMuffins. My real weakness is fried chicken, such as the Cajun kind at Bojangles, or almost anything at Sonic. So I'm sticking my fingers in my ears and humming loudly if if Supersize Me comes on!

**doing happy dance about the Humane Society**


Julia.   - Nov 11, 2004 12:35 pm (#2563 of 2977)

YAY! Mazel tov Catherine! Have a butterbeer on me. *hands Catherine butterbeer*

Yes, I know I mangled the spelling of mangled. It was early, leave me alone.


  Catherine    - Nov 11, 2004 12:39 pm (#2564 of 2977)

Yes, I know I mangled the spelling of mangled. It was early, leave me alone. –Julia

Oh, all right. But thanks for the butterbeer! **clinks bottles with Julia**


septentrion   - Nov 11, 2004 1:15 pm (#2565 of 2977)

Thanks Julia for the explanation ! Let's just hope I won't ask the same thing next year !

Congrats Catherine ! I hope you'll have a great time !

I haven't watched super size me either but as I'm one more size than last year, I guess I don't really want to hurt me. And I love the Big Mac !

A question : is the Veterans' day related to the end of WW1 ? Because here we have a day off because the end of WW1 was signed Nov. 11th 1918 but not for Veterans.


Good Evans   - Nov 11, 2004 1:25 pm (#2566 of 2977)

Congratulations Catherine - great news - no more procrastination now though!

Prof Julia - many thanks for the RE lesson!

Fawkes Forever - while you are bumping in to walls (actually not many there!)at Kings cross see if you can find the plaque that points to platform 9 and3/4 _but dont forget if you want to see the actual station used in the Movie and in Jo's mind when writing, you need to nip over the road to St Pancras!!

Remembrance day was met with a civic ceremony outside the front of the council offices at 11.00, british legion runnning the event. As always most touching and reflective. Those who had a day off hope you had a nice one!

If you fancy a butter beer in the leaky cauldron - well, just name the time!

Happy birthday to those I missed and many sympathies to those in pain (giant squid and Denise)!


Chemyst   - Nov 11, 2004 1:46 pm (#2567 of 2977)

Congratulations on your board membership Catherine! I've got a feeling you'll invigorate the Society.
My membership on a non-profit board comes up for renewal this January and I've been debating with myself whether I want to commit to another three-year term or not. I've been there almost five years (my first term was short because I took over for a dead guy) and the thought that someone else might be as excited as you are to join has nearly convinced me to move on to other things.

'Could hardly agree more about both Sonic and McDonald's.

A question : is the Veterans' day related to the end of WW1 ? Because here we have a day off because the end of WW1 was signed Nov. 11th 1918 but not for Veterans.

Sort of. Originally it was called Armistice Day and became a permanent national holiday in 1938. Later (1954), it was changed to include veterans of all wars. For about four years in the early '70s Congress tried to move the date to make it a three-day weekend, but most people wanted to keep the historical significance of November 11 and the holiday's date was restored.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 11, 2004 2:31 pm (#2568 of 2977)

For about four years in the early '70s Congress tried to move the date to make it a three-day weekend, but most people wanted to keep the historical significance of November 11 and the holiday's date was restored.—Chemyst

Thanks for the history lesson Chemyst. All us smart attorneys were actually sitting around at lunch wondering why the heck, this holiday falls on a specific day. (As you can see, our combined educations left us all with a big, fat "Duh?") I have always worked on this day, but yet again, the general public is screwed out of a three day weekend. Sad

Congrats Catherine. The Humane Society won't know what hit it. Smile

I liked Super Size Me but, alas, it hasn't stopped me from eating at McDonalds because the convenience is just too much. However, it is disconcerting to know that the cuisine would literally kill you if that was all you had to eat.

We could never leave you alone Julia. What would we do without you? Now, don't be so stingy with that butterbeer. Gimme some!


Julia.   - Nov 11, 2004 3:45 pm (#2569 of 2977)

Oh fine! Impromptu party everyone! *takes our butterbeer and passes it around* L'Chyiam! *clinks bottles* You're all quite welcome for the lesson. Having now made lots of challah for Shabbos tomorrow (which, by the way, is very yummy ) I'm going to eat dinner.


mike miller   - Nov 11, 2004 4:53 pm (#2570 of 2977)

Congrats Catherine! I know the organization will benefit from you passion.

I wanted to weigh in on the "fast food" topic. I have only rarely eaten fast food for several years now (Burger King if I must) in an effort to eat healthier. Why does it have to cost twice as much to eat what's good for you? I usually swing by a local grocery store, hit the salad bar, some fruit and a drink making for a total cost of $10 to $12. I could eat food that will kill me for half that!

Enough ranting... Have a great evening everyone!


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 11, 2004 7:06 pm (#2571 of 2977)

Good Afternoon everybody!

On the Super Size Me topic, I haven't seen it either, and I don't think I will, although I don't eat too much junk these days, I always thought Hungry Jacks (Burger King for you guys) seemed better than Maccas (Mcdonalds) but a while ago I was on weight watchers and in their points books, Hungry Jacks was so much worse than Maccas I couldn't believe it ie: a maccas cheese burger was 6 points, and a hungry jacks one about 18!!! (I was only allowed 20 points a day!) Do you guys have a "healthy options" menu at maccas?

Well I hope you have all had or are having a wonderful day, the rain has finally cleared up and it's a lovely day here today, about 24 degrees (celcius)


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 11, 2004 7:08 pm (#2572 of 2977)

Super Size Me? Not on your life. I love french fries and burgers once in a while. I practically lived off of burgers during my pregnancy...darn cravings.



Penny Lane.   - Nov 11, 2004 7:22 pm (#2573 of 2977)

Thanks to everyone who congradulated (sp?) me on my new found extra space. I really do enjoy it. This morning I was able to dance around in my underwear ala Risky Business... unfortunately I had forgotten about the construction going on outside my window, and also that the blinds don't close automatically now that my roomie is gone...  Chat & Greetings 2004 - Page 8 3906177977

Anyway... I haven't seen Supersize Me either, but I did read the book "Fast Food Nation" last year. While I was disgusted, I don't think that very many people in the US are going to stop eating fast food anytime soon. I do wonder if Micky D's injects nicotine or something into their fries, as when I quit smoking, I gained 25 pounds, partially because I was eating fries ALL the time - i guess cause of the oral fixation.

Speaking of dieting - points system. I tried counting calories last week.. I was so happy when I got through a whole day with less then 1,000 calories, that I started crying from hunger. And then a dear friend of mine bought me Ben and Jerry's... so suddenly 1,000 calories turned into 3,000 within minutes. :-) Alas, I have no disciple.


Padfoot   - Nov 11, 2004 10:13 pm (#2574 of 2977)

LOL Penny, oops.

Happy Veterans Day!

Congratulations Catherine, no hexes needed.


septentrion   - Nov 12, 2004 1:47 am (#2575 of 2977)

Daioma : Do you guys have a "healthy options" menu at maccas?

they have "menus salade" in France which have a great success.

This is Friday, soon it will be the week-end, it even already is the week-end for some of you maybe. Everyone have a great day.


The giant squid   - Nov 12, 2004 6:36 am (#2576 of 2977)

I didn't see Super-Size Me, mainly because I already knew that eating nothing but McDonalds for a month would be bad for him. Heck, eating anything for 30 straight days is bad for you...you'd be just as messed up if you'd had nothing but garden salads. I just find myself disgusted with the fact that all the things that I'm supposed to eat--the healthy, low-fat, low-sodium, low-carb stuff--costs so much more than the greasy, fatty, salty stuff. That, and the "bad" stuff just tastes better. Yes, asparagus and spinach are much better for me than cheeseburgers and ice cream, but they just taste nasty.

Loopy, I have to give you props for your current avatar (Harry Shearer). Throw him, Dan Castellaneta(sp?) and Hank Azaria in a room together and you've got about 5000 different people. Plus, any member of Spinal Tap gets my respect.



Loopy Lupin   - Nov 12, 2004 6:48 am (#2577 of 2977)

Speaking of Hank....... (I did Dan on Monday and Tuesday.) I should also list a disclaimer for Dan, Harry and Hank. The voice lists are not exhaustive. I just typed in the characters that I recognized as there were some listed on a web sit that I had no idea who they were. (And that's saying something!)

Anyway, I managed to have my Diwali dinner with minimal heartburn. It was yummy. Smile

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

Edit-- Oh, and I love Hank Azaria in "The Birdcage." (He was the only funny thing in the movie really as Nathan Lane kind of gets on my nerves.) Coincidentally, I've had the phrase "My choos are too tight!" running through my head all week.


VeronikaG   - Nov 12, 2004 9:17 am (#2578 of 2977)

Hmmmm... Have you guys actually tried to make real vegetarian food? Because that doesn't taste like yuck. Maybe Flame will be kind enough to post a few recipies here?

I'm not getting DSL. Can't. Ever. The phone company are sadists!

You can die from eating to much at Mac? I knew it! I always blame them and their likes for the fact that us young people need to become anorectics to resemble what young people looked like 20 years ago without having a deadly mental disease. It's so good to leave the blame with the big bad guys.


Elanor   - Nov 12, 2004 1:39 pm (#2579 of 2977)

Hello everybody! Happy weekend to each and everyone!

Congratulations Catherine! You will be just perfect: they are lucky to have you on board.

About burgers: I don't like them very much so I can do without eating some easily but tell me about pizzas and that becomes more difficult because I love them! I've been in Rome last year and my scales didn't like it very much: their pizzas were so good that I wanted to try them all!

A question for the Australian members: will you watch the rugby match tomorrow? There will be a France versus Australia match in Paris tomorrow evening and I will be in front of my TV.

I love rugby! As someone whose name I have forgotten said: it is a game for rascals played by gentlemen, those said gentlemen being most of the time rather good looking, which is an added bonus (do you know Frédéric Michalak?)... It is a sport of fair play, respect, with a little touch of biased dishonesty of course but, after the match, spectators love to go and drink together: there is really a good spirit. I loved watching the last Rugby World Cup which took place in Australia, though I was sad when the English team got us a hiding (boo hoo). Anyway, playing against Australia always promises a great match: it will make us wait until the Six Nations Championship (which was far better than the World cup for us, I guess the world champions were tired... ). Do you like rugby everybody?


  Catherine    - Nov 12, 2004 1:46 pm (#2580 of 2977)

Friday, yay!

I'm looking forward to this weekend. Several new movies are coming out, and the kids are already begging to go see The Polar Express. If this icky rain keeps up, I know what our Saturday afternoon plans will be.

If I had a babysitter this weekend, I might go see the new Bridget Jones movie. **quick girly sigh over Colin Firth** But I don't, alas earwax.

Just so everyone knows, my avatar change doesn't mean I'm "gunning" for anyone! Loopy Lupin **waves to Loopy** teased that I was the "Queen of Canon" in one of the  threads today, so I thought I would be a good sport. Queen of Canon sounds much nicer than "Insufferable know-it-all," don't you think?


septentrion   - Nov 12, 2004 1:55 pm (#2581 of 2977)

I'm not a great fan of rugby, probably because I don't know the rules. I'm more a football (soccer) girl, but hey ! My grandfather used to get up even at night to watch football on TV, so how could I not be a football girl ?

I'm not sure about Queen of Canon, wonder if I don't prefer "insufferable know-it-all"


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 12, 2004 3:22 pm (#2582 of 2977)

I think that we insufferable know-it-alls should be quite proud of ourselves and have no shame. I actually called Catherine the Queen of Canon because she will jab you with a quote in a heart beat so one must not go around "thinking" or "believing" what the books say. Catherine will tell you what they say. It's actually quite useful. I picture myself looking around at Catherine during a debate and saying "Line!" or maybe "Quote me please!" Smile

Anyway, I'm off to see the parents and puppies. I'll see what I can do about getting a picture of the dawgs up here.

Have a nice weekend everyone.



I Am Used Vlad   - Nov 12, 2004 3:24 pm (#2583 of 2977)

Yes, asparagus and spinach are much better for me than cheeseburgers and ice cream, but they just taste nasty. Giant Squid

The secret to making asparagus and spinach tasty is to douse them with butter and cheese. You may still be ruining your health, but you get to brag to others about all the healthy foods you eat.


Denise S.- Nov 13, 2004 3:07 am (#2584 of 2977)

Penny L.: Alas, I have no disciple.

I'll be your disciple if you want one, Penny.

(Just kidding, I know it was a typo.)


Denise P.   - Nov 13, 2004 7:07 am (#2585 of 2977)

Good Saturday Morning all. It is entirely too early for me to be up and about already but we are all getting ready to go march in the city's annual Veteran's Day Parade. This year we are marching with our charter organization, the Marine Corps League and passing out flags. It is a brisk under 50F right now so I will be putting blankies on the two wee ones in the stroller. I would much rather be cold than wet though.

Have a great day all!


  Catherine    - Nov 13, 2004 7:26 am (#2586 of 2977)

Good Morning!

Denise, I admire your sense of duty and citizenship to march in the early morning chill. Brrrr. **waves to Denise and kids while they march on by**

Well, it really is a happy Saturday for our family today. My sister-in-law had two tiny twin girls at 4 a.m. this morning at 29 weeks, two months early. Despite their very early arrival, they were both 3 pounds each, which is better than anyone hoped for, and the doctors have said that they are doing wonderfully well. We are so thankful, as my sister-in-law struggled for years to have children, and has been in and out of the hospital for the last six weeks, trying to stave off premature labor. Despite everything, the babies and mom seem to be doing very well, and the collective family is breathing a sigh of relief. Whew!

Enjoy your Saturday, and see you around the Forum, I hope.


Chemyst   - Nov 13, 2004 8:10 am (#2587 of 2977)

I actually called Catherine the Queen of Canon because she will jab you with a quote in a heart beat... –Loopy
 ... and little to do with love of alliteration? (see: the parents and puppies)

...and speaking of the Q of C, that is very early and it is good to hear that your family has so much to celebrate.

Vlad, the men in our house would agree about the cheese &'d add a hearty shake of dried bell pepper.

Nice to see you back Denise S., and just in the nick of time as I was beginning to wonder if the P in Denise P was still needed.
Which brings me through another convoluted line of thought to a question I'd wanted to ask when I first joined the forum, but was still too shy to ask– Denise P, what was the significance of the No Veil for Me line?


Marie E. - Nov 13, 2004 10:56 am (#2588 of 2977)

Congratulations, Auntie Catherine!! A friend of mine had her twin girls ten weeks early and today you'd never know they were preemies. In fact, they are ten months younger than Shayla and three inches taller than her. This has nothing to do with the fact that Shayla's mommy is a bit short...

I saw Bridget Jones last night and it was wonderful. Of course there were the usual diversions from the book (we HP fans are used to that, right?) but overall the feeling was still there. There were several laugh out loud moments. My sister (she-who-has-not-read-HP) saw it too and liked it. That is saying a lot because she can be a bit snobby about movies.

When I woke up this morning it was snowing. It was that light fluffy snow that looks like it belongs on a holdiay card or something. Very festive.

Julia, you should get together with my girls. You like celebrating Christmas and they like celebrating Hannukah. If you remember last year, they talked about it so much that my old boss invited us to a Hannukah dinner. The girls were thrilled! The Hannukah present didn't hurt either.

Happy Saturday, everyone! We're off in a few hours to see Polar Express 3-D at the IMAX.


Denise P.   - Nov 13, 2004 11:06 am (#2589 of 2977)

Ah, the NoVeil4Me question comes up again I get asked this often since it is an unusual name. But let me begin by saying that I am NOT anti-marriage or a former nun.

Once upon a time, long ago, when I signed up for our very first ISP, I had to choose an email address. I wanted to be different and since we lived in Saudi Arabia at the time, I wanted a name to reflect that. Being a western woman, I was not required to wear a veil although I did wear an abaya when out in public. (Think black bathrobe) Thus was born No Veil 4 Me since I didn't wear a veil.

The parade went well, it stayed in the low 50's but marching kept us warm.

Catherine, names! We want names of those precious little additions to the Canon Family


septentrion   - Nov 13, 2004 11:55 am (#2590 of 2977)

Congrats to your sister-in-law, Catherine ! What a festive day for your family !


Pinky   - Nov 13, 2004 1:30 pm (#2591 of 2977)

Congratulations Catherine!! How exciting - and 2 little bundles of joy! What are their names?


  Catherine    - Nov 13, 2004 2:43 pm (#2592 of 2977)

Good question about the names!

We don't know. The parents of the new twins had only agreed on one name before the babies came. Now, they are still deciding, so they haven't told any of us yet; not even the name they've decided upon. We are waiting for this information most anxiously.

I'll be pleased to update everyone when I know. I can't wait to buy them clothes. Baby clothes are so much fun!

We just returned from The Polar Express, and the kids really enjoyed it.

Have a great evening.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 13, 2004 4:48 pm (#2593 of 2977)

Yay for you Catherine! Denise is right, we need names.

Chemyst-- LOL. Yes, I do like alliteration. Alas, nothing can beat this line from "Werewolves of London": "Little old lady got mutilated late last night." Brilliant.

That's interesting Denise. You were still NoVeil4me when I joined the Forum. I always assumed it had something to do with Sirius' fate in OoP.

Happy Saturday everyone.


Padfoot   - Nov 13, 2004 5:29 pm (#2594 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 13, 2004 4:30 pm

You were still NoVeil4me when I joined the Forum. I always assumed it had something to do with Sirius' fate in OoP.  I thought so too Loopy. When I think of veils I think of poor Sirius.

SS is on network tv tonight! Oh and at Albertsons they are advertising PoA. I saw pictures of Dan all over the store. For a moment I thought I was imagining things.


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 5:36 pm (#2595 of 2977)

I thought the same thing about Denise, Loopy - she wasn't ready to go through the Veil - as usual, the truth is far more interesting than anything we can conjure up!

Well, as a reward for braving the perils of a family vacation to Disney, I have contracted bronchitis. I have some wonderful horse-pill antibiotics and one of those Advair inhalers. Ungrateful Son had a double ear-infection and he is on the pink stuff. Of course Hubby has sailed through all of this with only a few coughs and sneezes. His claim to being a Super-Human may, in fact, be true.

Daughter is still parading around in her Cinderella Halloween costume. After seeing Wendy walking the plank during the Peter Pan ride, it has also become a Wendy dress.

Ungrateful Son received all A's on his report card, so we took him to dinner. He chose Ponderosa - ugh! - and ate 1 ear of corn, 2 celery stalks and some salad, claiming that he was full. What a waste! He, of course, still had room for an ice cream cone covered with chocolate chips. I understand and fully sympathize with those people who beat their children in public.

Things have been crazy at work - lots of meetings - lots of coughing and hacking. I actually napped today which means I will be up all night checking the Forum so I hope there will be a few of you lurking around ready to post!

Take care all and enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Mrs. Sirius- Nov 13, 2004 6:07 pm (#2596 of 2977)

I know we all have it, but The Socercer's Stone is ABC tonight 8:00pm EST.

Edit: Congratulations Catherine! That's truly great news. Stay available to your sister, it's going to be an incredible ride. Take lots of pictures of them together but don't forget to take some individual ones too. (and indicate which is which, perhaps by the color each wears).


Julia.   - Nov 13, 2004 6:37 pm (#2597 of 2977)

Shavua Tov everyone! (that's Hebrew for a 'good week') I had the best Shabbos, Leon's mom cooked these amazing meals for us last night and this afternoon. I started learning how to play pool, and I lost at ping-pong to a 12 year old. It was amazing, Shabbos should be this good everyweek.

Catherine, mazel tov on the birth of your nieces! Have a butterbeer on me. *gives Catherine butterbeer* I sympathize with you about not knowing the names. In Judaism, we don't name our babies right when their born. A boy is named at his Bris (circumcision), which is 8 days after he's born, and a girl is named at the first Torah reading of her life, which usually happens on a Monday, Thursday or Saturday.

Marie, I'd love to get together with your girls! We can have a party. You and Uncle Squid can come too.

Feel better soon Haymoni! I'll send you some pepper up potion as soon as my directionally challanged owls come back.


  Catherine    - Nov 13, 2004 6:51 pm (#2598 of 2977)

Thanks for all the good wishes. I shall pass them along to my sister-in-law and her husband. Twins! They are going to need all the help they can get.

We still don't know their names, and the family is getting antsy. My father-in-law sent digital pictures, and the babies are named "A" and "B" for now. I guess this would not be the time to pipe up with a suggestion for "Arabella" and "Bellatrix?" They are very pretty, sweet-looking babies. "A" has blond hair and "B" has dark, thicker hair.

Haymoni, welcome back from Disney, and sorry about the illnesses. You now need a vacation to recover. I know what you mean about the horse pills. I think the Fates punished me because I crowed so loudly about Mr. Catherine having to work while we celebrated the day off for Veteran's Day, but I spent a great deal of Thursday in the doctor's office for a sinus infection and eye infection. These newfangled once-a-day antibiotics are convenient, but HUGE. The kids gave me their crud, and then got well, darn them. Talk about "Ungrateful!" Congrats to the Son for his excellent grades, if not his appetite.

Good night to everyone.


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 7:06 pm (#2599 of 2977)

I have come back to the Forum after attempting to watch SS.

ABC is hacking it to bits!!!

I will take my complaints over to the SS thread.


Richard Reid- Nov 13, 2004 7:14 pm (#2600 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 13, 2004 6:15 pm

Hey everyone - been away for a while - had some account problems. Just wanted to say my HP website... www.hprevelation.com is now finished. However, it still has a long way to go - so try to ignore silly grammer or spelling problems.

Have a great Saturday everyone...

*Is off to hit the threads.*


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Denise S.- Nov 13, 2004 8:00 pm (#2601 of 2977)

Padfoot: "You were still NoVeil4me when I joined the Forum. I always assumed it had something to do with Sirius' fate in OoP..." I thought so too Loopy. When I think of veils I think of poor Sirius.

Methinks that would be a classic "You Know You're a HP Fan..." post right there, Padfoot.


Eponine- Nov 13, 2004 8:09 pm (#2602 of 2977)

Haymoni,  I've been watching SS on ABC as well. They are hacking it.

One of my best friends had her first baby this past Monday. His name is Samuel, and the thought of her with a baby makes me very nervous. She doesn't know a lot about babies at all and has had virtually no experience. Plus, she and her husband are moving to Brazil within the next several months for a couple of years (She doesn't speak Portugese yet either). So she'll be in a country where she can't communicate with a lot of the people, and she'll be far far away from her family and friends with a new baby I'm afraid she won't know what to do with! I obviously worry about her quite a bit.

Well, I hope everyone is having a great weekend.


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 8:15 pm (#2603 of 2977)

It has been my experience that even with ALOT of experience with babies, each one is different and throws you for loop no matter what.

Hopefully, she'll be able to find a decent pediatrician - you didn't say if they are moving to Brazil for business or with the military - this could prove to be the most crucial piece to the puzzle.

Although, it does make one wonder how we ever survived as a species without Dr. Spock, immunizations and a decent doctor. I'm sure she'll be fine.

I'm no Bible expert, but wasn't Samuel chosen by God - maybe this baby has some extra protection.


Eponine- Nov 13, 2004 8:32 pm (#2604 of 2977)

Actually, they are moving to Brazil to work as missionaries and to start an orphanage. I hope they are able to find a good doctor and some nice lady who can help her with things that she needs. I wouldn't worry so much, but she is extremely naive about babies. I'm sure she will be fine, but I'm still concerned for her. Mostly because she won't be able to call her mother any time she has a question. They're very very close. I will get to see her and the baby in a couple of weeks, so I am looking forward to that.

And yes, Samuel does mean chosen by God.


The giant squid   - Nov 13, 2004 8:54 pm (#2605 of 2977)

   Shavua Tov everyone! (that's Hebrew for a 'good week')

Wow, you learn something every day... That leads me to ask, though: what does "mazel tov" translate to? Enquiring gentile minds want to know.

I have to disagree with my sister regarding Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. Now, I may be slightly biased because I saw it at 2:30AM after a very long day, but I thought it dragged for the first hour and the only funny lines were Hugh Grant's (I guess having Richard Curtis around to write for you helps). It wasn't a bad movie, I just thought it wasn't as good as the original.

Denise P: I have to admit, I thought the "NoVeil" thing was a Sirius reference as well. Haymoni's right; truth is always stranger than imagination.



haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 9:02 pm (#2606 of 2977)

Wow - missionaries! To boldly go where no one has gone before. (or something like that!) I'm not that bold!

A first-time mom setting up an orphanage??? Maybe they aren't the only ones going. Daunting task no matter what their roles are! Best Wishes to them all!


Julia.   - Nov 13, 2004 9:06 pm (#2607 of 2977)

Mazel tov translates to 'congratulations.'


Eponine- Nov 13, 2004 9:13 pm (#2608 of 2977)

As far as I know, they are probably going to be working with some local people on the orphanage thing, but she has wanted to do this for as long as I've known her and quite a bit before that too. She's great with children, just not much baby experience. She's the sweetest thing you've ever met though. It's almost unreal how genuine and compassionate she is, but that's just her.

Going that far away to give so selflessly of yourself is not something I could ever do, but I respect her so much for it.


The giant squid   - Nov 13, 2004 9:36 pm (#2609 of 2977)

Thanks, Julia. I suppose I was looking for a more literal translation (i.e. 'tov' means 'good' so 'mazel tov' means 'good XX'), but that'll do nicely.


Denise P.   - Nov 13, 2004 10:25 pm (#2610 of 2977)

Actually, I was not too broken up about Sirius so I doubt I would have created a name to express my displeasure I have used NoVeil4Me or a variation of Veil since 1995. Even my license plate has a form of Veil on it. Funny but true, when my mother was alive and would send me an IM, she always addressed me as Veil rather than Denise...my own mother!

Mr. P just called, he was in Germany! Woo hoo! This means he should be back sometime tomorrow.....assuming all goes well.


haymoni - Nov 13, 2004 10:32 pm (#2611 of 2977)

Good for you, Denise!!!

Please let us know that he arrived OK.


I Am Used Vlad   - Nov 14, 2004 12:06 am (#2612 of 2977)

I had the same misconception about NoVeil4Me. I assumed it was related to Sirius. You may have to use the name again, now that Denise S. is back. I hope all goes well and you see Mr. P tomorrow.

Congrats to Catherine and Eponine's friend. It's always nice to welcome more Samuels into the world.


Ladybug220 - Nov 14, 2004 5:22 am (#2613 of 2977)

COngrats Denise! I know you will be glad to have him over here again!


  Catherine    - Nov 14, 2004 6:25 am (#2614 of 2977)

Denise, is Germany close enough to celebrate?

Well, I think so, so YAY! I'm excited to think that Mr. Denise is on the way home. Or Mr. P, whatever you prefer to call him.

I also thought that the "No Veil" reference was about Sirius, until I learned that OoP hadn't come out yet when she was using it. But I never thought she was an ex-nun!

Off to fix breakfast for hungry children. Happy Sunday, everyone.


Chemyst   - Nov 14, 2004 7:24 am (#2615 of 2977)

Thanks, Denise P., and Haymoni is right – your Arabian plight is more interesting than anything I'd have conjured up. 'Hope your husband is safely home soon. Too bad he missed the parade.

I wouldn't worry about your friend's inexperience too much, Eponine. Haymoni is right again– every child is unique so a lot is learn-as-you-go. All you really have to know at first is food & diapers, from there you grow right along with them. The best thing you can do for your friend right now is to be really happy for her. With all her hormones in a state of flux, she does not need to feel a bunch of folks are second-guessing her ability.

And judging from the first hour, which was all I stayed to watch, Haymoni is right again– ABC hacked the editing of SS.

... you're not getting tired of being right, are you, Haymoni? I guess I don't really need to post as long as you are here!


haymoni - Nov 14, 2004 9:04 am (#2616 of 2977)

As I posted on the SS thread, I went to abc.com and complained about their hatchett job.

I am certain it will fall on deaf ears - here in Cleveland, our local station wouldn't even show "Saving Private Ryan". What a waste!

No wonder I spend my free time here on the Forum!


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 14, 2004 9:30 am (#2617 of 2977)

Oh, this is so funny. I remember the last time the NoVeil4Me subject came up! It's like deja vu...

Denise, didn't you change from Denise to 'Veil' to avoid confusion with Denise S? Then, if I am correct, you went back to Denise P because Densie S had gone AWOL on us... Except of course, Denise S is happily back on the board again. So, does this mean you will change again? Oye, I hope this doesn't lead to an online identity crisis!


Pinky   - Nov 14, 2004 10:02 am (#2618 of 2977)

Well, we used to keep the Denises (Denisii?) straight by saying Denise P (Parent), and Denise S (Student).


Julie Aronson   - Nov 14, 2004 10:31 am (#2619 of 2977)

Actually, I believe that mazel tov can literally be translated as "luck good." Colloquially, this can be changed to "you have good luck" or "congratulations."

Hope this helps...



Denise P.   - Nov 14, 2004 11:59 am (#2620 of 2977)

The P used to actually stand for pregnant but was changed to parent when it no longer applied Nope, I am not changing back to NoVeil4Me, I am sticking with Denise P.

Mr. Denise is back! He was about 6 hours later than originally planned but he is back...sorta. He was in the house long enough to grab some lunch and then he headed back into work for a bit.

Amazing enough, Kierynn, who stiff arms anyone who tries to kiss her or even touch her, went right up to her daddy and gave him a slobbery kiss. She was only a year old when he left so we didn't really expect her to remember him. She is currently walking through the house calling for him. We had practiced saying "Hi Dad" but she always puts her hand up to her ear like she is on the phone before saying it.


haymoni - Nov 14, 2004 12:00 pm (#2621 of 2977)

Oh - too cute, Denise!

Happy early Thanksgiving to you!


Elanor   - Nov 14, 2004 12:07 pm (#2622 of 2977)

So many good news! I'm so happy for you Denise: I hope you will soon find the time for celebrating!

And belated congratulations Catherine! My godson Quentin was born last september 2 months early (he was 1.800 kg then) and now you would never think he was premature since he weighs almost 4 kg and keeps smiling!


Julia.   - Nov 14, 2004 12:17 pm (#2623 of 2977)

YAY! Welcome back Mr. Denise! Your family can have butterbeer on me. *passes around butterbeer to Denise's family*


Acceber  - Nov 14, 2004 1:05 pm (#2624 of 2977)

Welcome back to Mr. Denise/Mr. P/Greg .

Catherine-belated congratualations! I hope they get names soon!

Speaking of twins, did anyone hear about the fifty-nine year old woman who is pregnant with twins? Yup, she's the oldest mother to be pregnant with twins naturally in the United States. I'd link you to the article, but it's a few days old and wouldn't be archived on the web.

It has prematurely snowed in most parts of New England. Winter is upon us! Time to dig out boots, fleeces, hats etc.

Off to catch up on threads. Happy Sunday!


Pinky   - Nov 14, 2004 1:17 pm (#2625 of 2977)

Hooray for Mr. Denise! Kierynn is too cute -I'll bet that slobbery kiss meant an awful lot to him.


VeronikaG   - Nov 14, 2004 1:20 pm (#2626 of 2977)

How is it possible??!! It snows early in many other places, while up in the North it's the warmest year in... 30 years was it? They always say that this year’s weather is due to global heating, but why does France, Germany and eastern US get colder then?

Yay, The P. kids have their daddy back, and Catherine is an auntie! (Again?)


septentrion   - Nov 14, 2004 2:17 pm (#2627 of 2977)

So the twins don't have a name yet ? It'd be impossible in France : here you have to declare any birth in the Town House (Mairie) within 48 hours after the birth, and so you have to get the baby's name for it. If you don't do so, the child has no legal existence and well, you have a lot of trouble to fix it.

Congrats to Deneise and her family. It's so good to see the beloved one come back home !

I had a lovely sunday. Hubby and I went ot an indian restaurant to celebrate the end of the Ramadan, and of course I've eaten too much cakes in the previous days. Bliss in mouth and scare on scales !


  Catherine  - Nov 14, 2004 2:18 pm (#2628 of 2977)

Catherine is an auntie! (Again?) Veronika

We were the only ones of our siblings in each family to have kids for just about forever. My daughter Claire is 9, and she has wanted cousins forever, and so it is exciting to get some. Hayley, who is 4, is very excited about the new babies, as she has said that she wants a new brother or sister. She'll have to enjoy her cousins, because we're only going to have two children. My mother bemoans this, as she's pretty sure that my "Little Brother" will never get married and have children, but I'm immune to her guilt tactics.

Still no names for these new nieces. I feel weird calling them "the babies," but I'm sure they will decide soon.

I've spent a long Sunday catching up on the Forum, but chores await. Have a good Sunday evening, everyone.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 14, 2004 3:00 pm (#2629 of 2977)

My mother bemoans this, as she's pretty sure that my "Little Brother" will never get married and have children, but I'm immune to her guilt tactics. – Catherine

LOL. Didn't you say your strapping "Little Brother" is in his 20's or thereabouts? Sheesh. Give the guy a break. Having said that, I think you should get a conference call feature on your home phone. Whenever mom is "bemoaning," conference little brother in. The more the merrier.

Well, back from the puppy house. Alas, it was a whirlwind visit and I still don't have pix. Sorry. Sad

Happy Sunday all. Ugh, work tomorrow.



dizzy lizzy - Nov 14, 2004 3:37 pm (#2630 of 2977)

Congratulations on the twins Catherine. Looking forward to the names.

And Congrats Denise P on Mr Denise being home.


  Catherine    - Nov 14, 2004 4:15 pm (#2631 of 2977)

LOL. Didn't you say your strapping "Little Brother" is in his 20's or thereabouts?--Loopy Lupin

His 30th birthday is around the corner. And it's not age, it's attitude. It's also not ME pressuring him, but my mom, who seems to think she's entitled to infinite grandchildren or something. Frankly, I can't imagine a self-respecting woman putting up with him, but he could never understand a man putting up with me, either, so I guess we're even! I keep threatening to call one of those "makeover" shows to do an intervention for his apartment and wardrobe, but so far I haven't followed through on my threat.

Funny, I never thought of Little Brother as strapping before, but he is about 6' 5" tall, which is how he got the nickname "Sasquatch" (and the huge feet). He loathes being called my "little brother," so naturally I do it at every opportunity. It's fun to talk about him because I'm excited to see him at Thanksgiving, so I guess I should thank Loopy for giving me a hard time.

I came back to the Forum to relax after the experience of going to the grocery store, shopping for an extended period of time, spending a fairly sizable sum of money, and coming back without the ONE THING I needed to cook dinner tonight.

Is it time for chocolate yet?


mike miller   - Nov 14, 2004 4:42 pm (#2632 of 2977)

Congratulations Catherine! "Double your pleasure, double your fun..." I always marvel at those families who manage to cope with twins. My wife and I had our hands full with one. I guess both the joy and work just comes in bigger packages.

Denise P. - So glad to hear that your husband has made it home safely and reasonably on time. It sounds like he's got a little catching up to do with the youngest member of the family.

I'm off to Chicago Monday around noon, returning Wednesday afternoon. Thankfully, the hotel has high speed, not sure how much opportunity to check but I hope to keep you guys from getting too far ahead. Have a great week everyone!


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 14, 2004 5:40 pm (#2633 of 2977)

Hey, Denise. Glad to hear Mr. Denise is back! Your story about the baby made me a little sad, to think she might not remember him. But sounds like she's busy make up for lost time!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 14, 2004 5:53 pm (#2634 of 2977)

Hey Gina, I like Rickman as much as the next person (alright, maybe not as much as you ) but what's with the look? I realize it's Vogue and all but still....makes me think of his rather jowly look from the music video.

EDIT: Hey Denise (P) sent you an email. Welcome Home Mr. Denise. Catherine, congratulations on the arrival of your nieces. **waves to everyone else** Is it Thanksgiving vacation yet?


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 14, 2004 5:58 pm (#2635 of 2977)

Congratulation Catherine! Twins! That's wonderful!

Denise P, I'm so happy to hear you have your husband home

I've got some good news too, I woke up this morning to find that I'm an Aunty again!! My sister-In-Law finally gave birth (she was due 5 days ago!) to a beautiful little girl, 9lb something! (not so little) & her name is Ebony. It is my first niece on my side (Ben's side we have 3) when I get a picture I'll post it.

hope you are all well & I'll pop in again shortly.


Denise P.   - Nov 14, 2004 6:04 pm (#2636 of 2977)

Kim, where did you send it? I checked 3 names and didn't see it...did you send it to Rrdan? That is the only one I didn't look at.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 14, 2004 6:07 pm (#2637 of 2977)

Denise, I sent it to your HP address. At the lexicon. I hope you got it, otherwise my Outlook is on the fritz again.


Padfoot   - Nov 14, 2004 6:16 pm (#2638 of 2977)

Catherine that reminds me of my mom. She is constantly moaning about no grandchildren. Then she will go on to say I am practically 30! The nerve of adding years. As my brother is only 25, she doesn't get on his case as much as mine. I have told her repeatedly, I gave her grandferrets so play with them.


Julia.   - Nov 14, 2004 6:51 pm (#2639 of 2977)

That's awesome Diaoma, Mazel tov on the birth of your neice. Have a butterbeer on me. *hands Diaoma butterbeer* I'm in the middle of doing research on how religion is used in Harry Potter for my sociology class. I should probally get back to that...


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 14, 2004 6:58 pm (#2640 of 2977)

Catherine & Padfoot, I think it's mums the world over, my mum is exactly the same! She's constantly reminding me that I will be 30 in six months time and that Ben & I should hurry up and get married and starting popping out babies! And since none of you there know me or my sister, I can let out a big secret that I've been threatened not to tell, but sister, who has been trying for a baby since she got married 2 years ago is pregnant!!!Woohoo!!! I'm so excited for her!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 14, 2004 7:28 pm (#2641 of 2977)

Congrats Diaoma!

I have the same problem, my mother wants kids from me and she wants them now...

I just tell her my dogs are my kids and if she doesn't like grand-dogs she'll just have to stop hassling me.

Doesn't always work though.



Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 14, 2004 7:33 pm (#2642 of 2977)

I tell my mum that Elvis is my practise child, cause if I can't handle a kitten there's no way I'm ready for a child! That said, I am EXTREMELY clucky! Especially with my family all having kids now, so as soon as Ben & I get married (hopefully in around 18 months) we will start trying straight away, but telling mum this still doesn't help, she's very unreasonable, she wants lots of babies & she wants them NOW!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 14, 2004 7:42 pm (#2643 of 2977)

Pets are a very good trial run, but no substitute for the real thing though.

If I may say so, Elvis is a very cute kitten.

I don't think I have introduced Lucky Lucy (my avatar) have I? She is also known as Long-tongue Lucy by my Nieces and Nephew as she was previously their dog. I adopted her after my sister couldn't control her biting. I could and promptly did. Thats why she's lucky, saved from an uncertain future.


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 14, 2004 7:46 pm (#2644 of 2977)

You most certainly can say that Elvis is a cutie, cause I certainly think he is!

Lucy certainly is a lucky lady! And a cutie to boot!


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 14, 2004 9:39 pm (#2645 of 2977)

Lupin Is Lupin, This picture appeared in British Vogue for December 2004. I thought it was funny. It's a promo shot for the Lion King and apparently Alan was feeling ill, and was grumpy that day for being made to wear a kimono. I think it's funny and cute because it's so clearly NOT a come hither pose. Makes me want to run to him with a tissue and pat him on the head.

Daioma, pity we can't set up a play date for Elvis and Nymphadora!


Denise S.- Nov 14, 2004 10:13 pm (#2646 of 2977)

The topic seems over, but I'm glad that Denise P. isn't going back to NoVeil4Me; I didn't want to make her change her name or anything . Hopefully the avatars will make it pretty clear who's who?

As for kids, merely getting a puppy and trying to get him trained was enough to scare me out of having kids for a good five more years yet. I think the part that scared me most is that dogs are pretty mellowed-out and well-behaved (depending on the breed, I guess) by the time they're 10 or 15, but with kids, that's when they're just getting started.


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 14, 2004 10:14 pm (#2647 of 2977)

It's is a pity Gina, Elvis would love someone to play with, it would stop him jumping all over his mum for a little while! I would like to take him for a day with his Aunty Pebbles (my mum's cat), but she has a very large 'holier than thou' attitude (she's a chinchilla) so I'm not sure she would be very sociable


Marie E. - Nov 14, 2004 10:18 pm (#2648 of 2977)

Denise, I'm so glad Mr. P made it home safe and sound.

Private note to Squid/Mike: Mom says you still haven't called her. I told her about your teeth, etc. Heehee.


Julia.   - Nov 14, 2004 10:22 pm (#2649 of 2977)

LOL Marie! That's awesome, ratting out your little brother like that. You can have a butterbeer on me. *hands Marie butterbeer* *giggles* Can you tell I'm the oldest?

Well, after a long day of reading and research and a last minute topic change (thanks Gina!) I'm going to sleep. Good night everyone!


Marie E. - Nov 14, 2004 10:44 pm (#2650 of 2977)

*opens bottle of butterbeer* Ahhhh, thanks Julia. That hit the spot. I didn't rat him out purposely. I had assumed he'd called his mother in the last week. Silly me.
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The giant squid   - Nov 15, 2004 2:16 am (#2651 of 2977)

Yes, quite silly of you. You know me...I meant to call her, but...you know...saw something shiny & got distracted. Hey, I can't be chairman of Procrastinators Anonymous if I actually do stuff when I say I will, can I? (Wait, how can I be chairman if Procrastinators Anonymous if you all know who I am? Drat.)

  I didn't rat him out purposely

Just an added bonus, huh?

Denise (P.), congrats on your husband's pseudo-return. Hopefully he managed to come back to the house long enough for you to welcome him properly...

Catherine: it's always time for chocolate. I thought all slacker moms knew that.



VeronikaG   - Nov 15, 2004 2:38 am (#2652 of 2977)

Kind of neat what Septentrion told about naming a baby within 48 hours. There is no such rule here, and I've heard about cases where 3 year olds doesn't have a proper name yet, just "Baby", "Little One" or "Shorty". When they are taken to the doctor it's just put down as NN's girl/boy in the journals. There have also been multiple cases of the parents wanting to name babies things that were not allowed, and they refuse to get another, more common name for the kid. In one case it went on until the kid started school, and then I think a name was assigned to him!

Still no snow or cold weather.


septentrion   - Nov 15, 2004 3:14 am (#2653 of 2977)

waouh Daioma ! That's great news !

Veronika, there are also not allowed names round here but if you have to change, you don't have much time for it.

Everyone have a great week !


Marè   - Nov 15, 2004 4:43 am (#2654 of 2977)

she's a chinchilla

<- points to chinchilla, she would make a bit of an odd cat, don`t you think?

Okay so I am parted from the forum for four days and this place is flooded with posts again. But I read them all!
And without the internet I did the healthy thing and spend sometime outside (what now snow, it's sunny here...).
I went for a walk in the lovely Breton landscape, and this time I did not get lost. (thats quite a thing for me). I even managed to get to the busstop that I wanted to go back from at a decent time only to find out that that line didn't go on sundays! So, I had to walk another hour to get to a place where a bus would go. Barely made it there before it went dark.
When I get home (finally) I was so tired that I went to lay down "for just a minute". I woke up after twelve and decided I might as well go to sleep for real because eating diner at midnight wasn't such a good idea.

Now I'm hungry and waiting impatiently for lunch...
Next trip; not onlt pack the busstop map, but also the bus schedule (they couldn't have just put those two together?)

Okay! people are going to lunch, me too! me too!


VeronikaG   - Nov 15, 2004 5:28 am (#2655 of 2977)

Steffie, a chinchilla Persian is a cat. It's easily recognized by the black rims around the eyes and nose. It has green or blue eyes, and (I think) a somewhat longer nose than regular Persians. As far as I know from my pocket guide to cat breeds at least. Don't know why they called it chinchilla, but probably because it has very fine, soft fur.

Septentrion; what would be the consequence of not having a name for the kid in two days? Say a couple who had immigrated and didn't know that rule had a kid, and hadn't thought about a name. Could they lose the baby to an institution, or would the child just get a name like the kid in Norway?


septentrion   - Nov 15, 2004 5:36 am (#2656 of 2977)

No, the baby won't go to an institution but I think you have to go to the court to get it fixed. The rules about registry office are very strict but it's also very difficult to have a false paper, and it's easy to make your genealogy until the french Revolution. But such problems are very rare (probably less than one a year) because the hospital takes care of the formalities. And if you're pregnant, it's difficult not to have any contact with institutions (medical care at least) so probably you'll find someone who'll tell you.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 15, 2004 5:40 am (#2657 of 2977)

...apparently Alan was feeling ill, and was grumpy that day for being made to wear a kimono.---Gina R. Snape

Oh, is that what he's wearing? I thought it was a tablecloth.

Well, **hands Gina a box of tissues**, go do your thing. He certainly looks grumpy. I think he should be wearing a sign: Approach with Caution.


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 15, 2004 7:29 am (#2658 of 2977)

Hello all. Ugh. Monday. Blech!

Well, it will only be a few days 'till Thanksgiving. Yay!

If I didn't say it before, yay for Denise and Mr. Denise!


Julia.   - Nov 15, 2004 8:23 am (#2659 of 2977)

Yuck, Monday. Oh well, at least my first class is in Shakespeare. I have sooooooo much work to do this afternoon, I don't even know where to begin. Oh well, must be off. See you all later!


Fawkes Forever- Nov 15, 2004 8:29 am (#2660 of 2977)

Hey Folks,
Been a bit busy the past few days *grumble grumble*

I had a nice curry in celebration for Diwali & watched the highlights of the festival in Leicester on Sky News! Granted it wasn't a proper Indian Curry... t'was only a tikka masala... which is an anglicised version... but I love my tikka masalas all the same!

Congrats are in order for the Aunties, Catherine (times two ) & Daiomi ... any news on names yet for the little girlies?

Denise... YAY! Good to hear your hubbie is back safe & sound

Julia, thanks for the link to the hotel.. scarily enough that was one of the hotels I've been looking at! Looks very nice.. however, I think our hotel might have already been booked by my sister! ... not sure, think I'd better follow that up! (might be a smart move) I'm just too enamoured with the thought of going that I need to sit still for two minutes to sort my head out

I'm very excited about my trip to London now... & I've just heard that the Christmas lights in Oxford Street this year are sponsored by the PoA DVD... so the lights have a Harry Potter Theme.... Woohoo, they must have known I was visiting this december (*huge cheesy grins here*). http://www.oxfordstreet.co.uk/home.html

Talking of the DVD... only 4 more days to go! Getting very hyper indeedy! There have been loads of ads on the TV over the weekend & I've been glued to each one!

For those in the UK & Ireland. The Weasley kids are going to be on the Ministry Of Mayhem this saturday morning. (Well maybe not Ron) There was an article about it on TLC. http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/MTarchives/005213.html So I'll be watching that in between reruns of my new sparkly PoA DVD!

Just a quick question. When is Thanksgiving this year? I know it normally falls round the weekend of the 22nd. Is there a fixed date? Or does it move around? Sorry if I sound like I'm incredibly thick... I just always wondered.


Pinky   - Nov 15, 2004 8:43 am (#2661 of 2977)

Well, it's more a fixed "day" than a fixed "date". Thanksgiving is always on the 4th Thursday of November. So this year, it is Nov 25.


Fawkes Forever- Nov 15, 2004 8:48 am (#2662 of 2977)

Aha, good to know. Thanks Pinky


Leila 2X4B   - Nov 15, 2004 10:38 am (#2663 of 2977)

Congrats on the Auntiedom. I have been quite busy helping Rich with his site over the past few weeks and now I finally have a chance to say hi. Oh for the Love of Shakespeare, I am have been hit. Right now I have a very persistent plot bunny( for all the fic writers out there) running rampant in my brain and I have no time to write. I am being driven to distraction. With any luck, Hamlet, my second most beloved play, will leave me be until the weekend.



septentrion   - Nov 15, 2004 11:31 am (#2664 of 2977)

Oh my ! I feel the need to go to London this year !

Pinky : Thanksgiving is always on the 4th Thursday of November. So this year, it is Nov 25.

And "Beaujolais nouveau" is on the 3rd thursday of November, for those who like wine. Red Wine


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 15, 2004 11:39 am (#2665 of 2977)

Julia, you are most welcome! Let me know what you wind up with, ok?

Veronika wrote: Steffie, a chinchilla Persian is a cat. It's easily recognized by the black rims around the eyes and nose.

Hmmm. Sounds a bit like McGonagall, no?

Septentrion, I will be joining you in toasting with a bottle of beaujolais nouveau. I have already ordered some for delivery!

Lupin is Lupin: I think he should be wearing a sign: Approach with Caution.

Heh, heh. Well you should know by now that for me, the small print underneath would be "Gina's favourite sort."


Elanor   - Nov 15, 2004 12:43 pm (#2666 of 2977)

Hello everybody! I hope everybody has a good Monday! Here, it is fortunately over, which is even better than usual for me since I have caught a bad cold!

About Beaujolais nouveau, I can tell you first-hand that it is nearly ready to be sent everywhere in the world! Last Wednesday, I had to go to Macon (in the Beaujolais region) and passed through the town of Beaujeu to get there. It is where all the bottles are prepared and I can tell you they were already very busy indeed!

There is always a big feast in Beaujeu for the occasion and in all the region BTW (I live 40 km far from Beaujeu)! But I have to say that I don't like it very much, I prefer some other Beaujolais, when they are less "new": do you know Pouilly-Fuissé, Moulin à vent or St Amour? Believe me, you can try them with complete confidence! Anyway, we will try it as every year, just for the fun of it!


septentrion   - Nov 15, 2004 1:26 pm (#2667 of 2977)

héhéhé Elanor ! You know, Beaujolais nouveau is, for me, just an excuse to celebrate something. I'm not very fond of wine and I absolutely know nothing about it. We made a joke about it : the job centres have no special saint, like the drivers are supposed to be protected by St Christopher. So we decided we should have St Beaujolais as our saint !

Last week I had a discussion with a friend about the fact we should be allowed to celebrate all events : the christian feasts, plus the muslim, jewish, indian, buddhist...feasts. We forgot the bonfire night and thanksgiving, and probably many other ones...Just a dream about working less


Elanor   - Nov 15, 2004 2:11 pm (#2668 of 2977)

St Beaujolais? That's a good idea... And do you celebrate your patron saint at work at the end of November? I like good wines very much and I love discussing it: I know the wine waiter of the famous Troisgros restaurant, he is a friend of mine's relative. I love when he talks about wine, it makes it really fascinating!

I do agree, we should celebrate all events and I suggest that Harry's birthday becomes a public holiday, what do you think about it?


  Catherine    - Nov 15, 2004 2:27 pm (#2669 of 2977)

I do agree, we should celebrate all events and I suggest that Harry's birthday becomes a public holiday, what do you think –Elanor

We Potties are always ready for parties and holidays!

These short days are starting to get to me. I'm trying to stay upbeat by thinking of my upcoming "Girls' Weekend" with my mom and her youngest sister. This will be the third year we've done it, and it is always so much fun. My aunt and I leave our families behind to go stay at my mom's house. My father goes fishing with his friends, and we ladies have the house to ourselves.

We go out to eat and shop and watch chick movies. Now I just need to get through the week ahead until then.


Eponine- Nov 15, 2004 3:34 pm (#2670 of 2977)

Okay, I'm getting ready to rant. Freel free to skip...

My beautiful hometown of Chattanooga has done a lot of renovation/beautification/revitalization in the past 10 years or so. Downtown used to be a dirty unsafe place after dark, but after a lot of work it's a wonderful place to be. There was an extremely dangerous old railroad bridge that was turned into the world's longest pedestrian bridge crossing the TN river. On the other side of the river is Coolidge Park. It's a great place to have a picnic, throw a frisbee, go on a date or whatever. Behind the park is a collection of eccentric little shops and restaurants. It's a fabulous area of town. Now, some geniuses want to build a huge hotel smack in the middle of the park. It's going to be higher than the bridge, but right next to it, so anyone walking on the bridge will be able to see in half the rooms, not to mention ruining the view from half the places on the North Shore. It's also going to take up at least half of the already overloaded parking lot. I know I don't live there anymore, but it really bugs me to see such a beautiful area taken over by a big ugly building. And it's not as if there aren't any hotels downtown. We have lots of them! I know I don't live there anymore, but it bugs me so much to see such a wonderful area taken over by corporations who just want money! There's a group of people trying to block it, so I'm hoping something will happen.

Rant over... you may return to your regularly scheduled posts.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 15, 2004 3:56 pm (#2671 of 2977)

rant read and understood. I am actually a qualified (and unpractised - I quit, I couldn't handle the politics!) town planner so I understand perfectly why you are very unimpressed with the bizarre logic shown by the proponents of this proposal.

Good Luck


  Catherine    - Nov 15, 2004 4:20 pm (#2672 of 2977)


I don't blame you for your rant. The way you described the project, it sounds awful.

My sister-in-law (not the one who had the twins) is an architect, who used to work in planning for the city of Oakland, CA. Her insights have shown me how very little planning goes into many commercial ventures, and how little "sense" things make. My sympathies.

Our own little town is not so little as when we moved here. It is experiencing some major growing pains, and while we are moving toward a downtown revitalization, a lot of decisions have been made on the sly by the city council which defy safety and common sense.

Sounds like you need to exercise your right to peaceful protest on this issue, Eponine!


Eponine- Nov 15, 2004 5:22 pm (#2673 of 2977)

Lizzy, how does one become a qualified town planner? Is that something you can study at school? I did sign the online petition against it, but seeing as how I live in a different state I'm not sure if there's anything else I can do. I'm keeping up with it through the internet though. (Isn't the internet a wonderful thing?)

Has anyone else been having problems with staying logged on to the forum? Ever since I first joined, I could just come straight here from my favorites without having to log on, but now it kicks me off at the strangest times. I'll mark as read, and I'm back to browsing as a guest. It's kind of annoying.


  Catherine    - Nov 15, 2004 5:39 pm (#2674 of 2977)

Has anyone else been having problems with staying logged on to the forum? Ever since I first joined, I could just come straight here from my favorites without having to log on, but now it kicks me off at the strangest times. I'll mark as read, and I'm back to browsing as a guest. It's kind of annoying. –Eponine

It isn't just you, Eponine. It's everyone. And it IS annoying, to have to log in constantly.

I also think it is a World Crossing problem, and it may be here to stay. The only positive aspect I can think of is that for people on public, or shared, computers, there are fewer opportunities to misuse someone's Forum identity.

I think we should be prepared to deal with it in the long term.


EDIT: The babies have names! W00t! Baby A is Anna Noel; Baby B is Amy Mariel. The "Noel" was for the expected Christmas arrival; the "Mariel" is a combination of my husband's mother's name of "Mary" and my sister-in-law's mother's name of "Muriel." Both sides of my husband's family lost a parent early to lung cancer, though no one was a smoker. Hubby's family is like the Brady Bunch with 4 kids, and a father with 2 daughters and mother with 2 sons. So my mother-in-law is quite touched that her step-daughter has chosen to include her name for one of her babies.

Everyone is doing fine, although the poor little babies have an infection and are on antibiotics. We are hoping that they can come home in a month or 6 weeks. The poor mom is recovering from a *ahem* regular delivery, and a C-section, so I think she got the worst of both worlds.

Thanks for all the concern and interest. I am quite excited to have nieces at last!


dizzy lizzy - Nov 15, 2004 6:19 pm (#2675 of 2977)

Eponine: A qualified town planner(in my definition) is that in Australia we go to university to get a degree in Town Planning and then usually go to work for a Local council (or private practice - different story altogether) and assesses all the developments within that Local Government Area against a set of criteria.

Town Planners have to meet the Qualification Guidelines set down by each individual state government (all different!!) in order to work, so by Qualified I mean the whether the State Government has determined them to be qualified.

Any organisation that has government in them invariably attracts politics. Which is why I got out. I was always interested in how society works as a whole and still am. I just didn't want to be part of red tape.

Many grins to all on a wonderful day


EDIT: Catherine I am so pleased the names have been given and the twins are as well as can be. Good wishes to all.


Julia.   - Nov 15, 2004 6:58 pm (#2676 of 2977)

Wow Cahterine, Mazel tov again! Anna Noel and Amy Mariel are very pretty names. I'm almost jealous of them.

Well, off to check the threads after a long day of working. TTFN!


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 15, 2004 7:33 pm (#2677 of 2977)

Hi Everybody!! Hope you are all wonderful!

Catherine, glad to hear the babies finally have names! And lovely ones at that.

VeronikaG, thank-you for correcting Mare about my chinchilla, your description was pretty much spot on, they have black around the eyes, much like black eyeliner all the way around, Pebbles has the most beautiful Aqua colored eyes, and a black nose as well as black pads on their feet, that's how you tell they are Chinchilla's, that and their attitude! I swear Pebbles thinks she's the Naomi Campbell of the cat world!

Well I'm at work again today, and I just can't be bothered!!!! I can't wait for Christmas Holidays! Ben's parents have a holiday house down the beach (about and hour & a half away) so we intend to head down there for a couple of days hopefully after New Years Eve & I can't wait!!! I just want to sit on the beach & read a book & go for a swim when it gets too hot. **big sigh** oh I can't wait!


Penny Lane.   - Nov 15, 2004 10:50 pm (#2678 of 2977)

To whomever was asking about "Town Planning" and if you need a degree: I know that at University of Michigan, which is next door to the ..ahem... lovely college that I attend, there is a major called "Urban Planning and Development" I'm not quite sure what in entails, I think it's a mixture of architecture and social problems? *shrugs* anyway, so I believe in the U.S., it is something that is studied in school.

Did anyone else have to go through a list of advertisements when they logged in? Does anyone know if this is going to be a permanent thing? I know it's only a minute longer, but still.


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 15, 2004 10:56 pm (#2679 of 2977)

Penny, I haven't had to go through an ads


scully jonesNov 15, 2004 11:22 pm (#2680 of 2977)

I had to go through an ad today as well. That's never happened to me before...

Oh yeah, I'm still here! We're going to Arizona to visit some of my family for Thanksgiving. I might get to meet my dad's dad. I've never met him before, not even as a baby. He's a tough nut, was a high-ranking Green Beret. I've heard a lot of scary stories about him from my dad. Not sure how he'll be in person. Also my nutty Grandma (many many many mental problems with that nice lady) is going to be there as well. I've never had a family holiday before. (not counting immediate family ones). Andy's going to be there, and he seems to not care about killing Brandon anymore. Now he says he wants to teach him how to play Halo 2. Wish us luck!


Denise S.- Nov 16, 2004 12:32 am (#2681 of 2977)

Yeah, some weird window popped up with me too, and I thought for a moment I had accidentally hit a wrong button, but I just went back and relogged in and it went as normal.

Ooo, Halo 2. I haven't seen it, but my friends tell me it's highly addictive. Be careful, it's a nasty thing to lose your status as an HP junky.


Madam Poppy- Nov 16, 2004 12:52 am (#2682 of 2977)
Edited by Nov 15, 2004 11:54 pm

Well my instant family left last Friday. The parents arrived Thursday afternoon so Scott could rest after the long drive from Seattle. Unfortunately the baby gave me his cold before he left and I had a sore throat for 2 days. I have a cough now but had the day off from work so I just sat on the couch and caught up on all my TiVo TV programs from the last 2 1/2 weeks.

Scott is doing better. They had 3 teams of Doctors working on him and they never really came up with a name for what was wrong with him. He has kidney problems and problems with blood clots in his one leg. They have begun six months of treatments. I have a feeling that we will be called upon to babysit again. We hope and pray that this father of three will beat this thing and make a total recovery.

On another happy/scary note, my daughter called last night to say that she is 8 weeks pregnant! So far all seems to be well. Her hormone levels are increasing and she has an ultrasound this Wednesday to hopefully hear the baby's heartbeat. For those of you who weren't around, my daughter had a miscarriage last April that put her in the hospital for 3 days.

Funny side note, I bought a nice used stroller to haul around the 29 pound 1 year old I was babysitting. I thought I might need it again when the parents come back into town for more treatments. Now, I'm hoping to push my own grandbaby in it in 2005! Hurray!

(Denise, I'm glad to hear Mr. P is back in town)(Nice to see Denise S. is back too!)

Madam Poppy


The giant squid   - Nov 16, 2004 1:26 am (#2683 of 2977)

I got the ad page on login as well. It's been a regular fixture on an EZBoard I frequent for a while, so it was a bit of a shock to see it here. Still, if it helps keep WX costs down, I'll live with it. A little hint--if you click "no thanks" (the tiny print under the Submit button) it'll go away for about a week. If you just leave everything blank & Submit, it'll be back the next time.

I know you were all wondering, so I just wanted to let everyone know I did finally call my mother tonight. I'd like to state for the record that I said I'd call her, I just never specified when.

Being the Holiday season, we're starting to get random catalogs in the mail. Today's contender was What On Earth. Among the T-shirts with funny sayings, religious arnaments and A Christmas Story tchotchkes were the following items: "Harry Potter Gryffindor and Slytherin silk neckties and scarves", "Quidditch goggles" and "Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf & hat set". My wife said she'd buy me the Gryffindor tie if I promise to wear it to work. I'm tempted to buy the goggles, myself...not the scarf, though--Julia's looks much better.


Edited multiple times because I just can't figure out html...


Marè   - Nov 16, 2004 1:28 am (#2684 of 2977)

And "Beaujolais nouveau" is on the 3rd thursday of November, for those who like wine

Beaujolais nouveau, the name alone gives me a headache. Maybe this year I will manage to stay away from that stuff.
And for all off you who fall victim to it: If you spill red wine on your clothes (or your mothers expensive carpet... tomtidom) salt, the most used antidote can only absorb so much. Drench the stain instead with enough white wine, it gets great results. (Even managed to save a friends white t-shirt after some-one bumped into her and poured an entire glass of wine over her chest.)

I think the advertisements connected to the log in page are a WX thing. Get used to them, they are probably here to stay.

And Poppy, careful congratulations on the good news; Hope all goes well, keep us updated!

And Sara, good luck with the family thing (Good luck to Brandon too )

And I'm glad I learned something new today, chinchilla's are adorable little mouse like creatures and cats. Guess the cats got the better deal, they are least likely to be made into furcoats... (just picturegoogle chinchilla ...)


septentrion   - Nov 16, 2004 1:55 am (#2685 of 2977)

So the ad is "normal". I dread the loss of the forum but no, it's still there.

Poppy, congrats for the good news and good vibes to your daughter.

Sarah, have a good family holiday. *good vibes this way too*


Marè   - Nov 16, 2004 3:48 am (#2686 of 2977)

Okay, I'm about to scream! For weeks !! I have been trying to make it clear to my brother that when I copied my programs onto the laptop to install them later, with one I forgot the setup.exe (the installing program) and the serial key. Because I stored them outside the map with the rest of the stuff.
For several times now my brother tried to mail or sms me 1. other serial keys (where ever they may come from) 2. crack programs (and managed to fail to put them in the attach) or told me he could not mail it to me because it was to big a file (but I don't need all the files needed for installatio, I have those! I just need the tiny winy program to start it all.

So we finally understood each other, he logged onto my old computer and send me my own key and program. The key is in a text document and safely stored on my memory stick but the setup program... I have it in my mailbox and now 😭 one mail program treats it like an intersite that it can't find. The other I forwarded it to, doesn't recognise it and has it filtered out by some penguinsecurity program and my hotmail has it blocked as a virus. IT IS NOT a virus! It doesn't even have a virus, it is a program that I really, really need and it is just in front of me and I can't get it. Oh, it can't get no more frustrating than this.

So rant over (for you, I'll keep mumbling and cursing for awhile) If you don't hear from me again, I went to throw my computer in the ocean.

septentrion   - Nov 16, 2004 5:07 am (#2687 of 2977)

Marè, why not ask your brother to "zip" your file with winzip or so before he sends it to you ? A .zip file shouldn't be recognize as a virus by your computer or by hotmail.


Marè   - Nov 16, 2004 5:42 am (#2688 of 2977)

That might be an idea, I'll ask him! --crossing my fingers that that might be it.--


Julia.   - Nov 16, 2004 6:53 am (#2689 of 2977)

SARAH!!!! Your back, yay! *dances* How've you been girlie? Have an excellent time on your vacation, and good luck meeting your grandparents. Family holidays are fun, I hope you'll have a good time. And good luck to Brandon on meeting your family as well. Just keep the root beer far away from him.

Madam P, mazel tov on your daughter's pregnancy! Have a butterbeer on me. *hands Madam P. butterbeer* I hope all goes well with this one. I'm glad to hear that your friend is doing better and that the kids are back with their family.

Mare, I know absolutely nothing about computers, so I'll just sit back and wish you good luck in getting your program thing sorted out.

Yuck, time to do math. Have a good day everyone!


Chemyst   - Nov 16, 2004 7:31 am (#2690 of 2977)

It is actually a relief to learn that others are having to click no-thanks ads to get here. I am dealing with a new computer (with no word processing yet), a new keyboard with a puny little backspace key that my pinky barely reaches, a new version of windows, a new security program with still unfamiliar settings, a new mailbox format, and some 2005 updates from my ISP with a new-fangled pop-up blocker that won't let me visit places I want to go, and all within two days. It is taking a bit of detective work to figure out which changes are due to what and where to find places to change settings I don't like. –All the general pain for gain stuff. So when I saw the ads, I naturally wondered where they came from and am relieved it's just a timing coincidence.

All this stuff has left me none too chatty this morning, but I have read the posts with all the appropriate chuckles, Ahhs, or sympathizing and none of you are forgotten.


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 16, 2004 12:14 pm (#2691 of 2977)

I got that pop-up ad too when I logged on today.

:sniff: It's soooo quiet here today! Where is everyone?


Loopy Lupin   - Nov 16, 2004 12:29 pm (#2692 of 2977)

We're all very busy slogging through pop-up ads or trying to remember that forgotten password. Razz


boop- Nov 16, 2004 4:27 pm (#2693 of 2977)

Hello Everyone was away for the weekend and ended have to catch up with 109 posts. I went to Cleveland, Ohio to visit a friend on Sat. I was so excited to see my team Steeler's won their game.

Catherine- Congrahulations on your new nieces. The names are so beautiful.

haymoni- hope you and your son feel better real soon. What part of Cleveland do you live in? The hotel I stayed in was in Brook Parks Holiday Inn Express.

Denise P- Glad to see Mr. P made it home safe. Now since he is home, help has come your way Surprised)

Daioma- Congralutations on your new niece, and your kitty Elvis is so cute. Surprised)

dizzy Lizzy- Love your dog Lucky Lucy

Marie, your bad telling on your brother, LOL

Eponine- Sorry to hear about the park, good luck on getting the hotel stopped.

Since I came back I have not posted birthday. I am sorry but I will return to posting them in Dec. If I don't have your birthday date and you want to give it to me just email me. Thank you

Here are the Nov. Birthdays I have to date:

S.E Jones, not sure of the date

Denise P., not sure of the date

phaseolus vulgaris- the 10th

Ricky- 24th

Taylor Smith- 12th


mike miller   - Nov 16, 2004 4:32 pm (#2694 of 2977)

Catherine - Anna and Amy sound like wonderful names for the new twins! Please pass along our congratulations and well wishes.

Sarah - Good luck on the Thanksgiving trip. Meeting family and learning more about where we have come from is an important part of learning who we are. Good luck to Brandon on meeting more of your family.

Madam Poppy - Congratulations on the good news, you and your daughter are in our prayers.

All is going well in Chicago. An all day meeting today will be rewarded with a great dinner at a Cajun place in the city (Heaven on Seven). Their food is outstanding! A few loose ends tomorrow and it's back home in time to tuck my daughter into bed. Have a greater Wednesday everyone!

EDIT: Boop - Glad to see you enjoying a trip. Always good to see you posting.


  Catherine    - Nov 16, 2004 4:41 pm (#2695 of 2977)


Wonderful to see you posting!

Hope everyone had a good Tuesday. **waves to Loopy Lupin** I was busy, but everything is great.


Daioma Dumbledore   Nov 16, 2004 5:27 pm (#2696 of 2977)

G'Day Everyone! What a wonderful day it is today! It's 32 degrees Celsius here today & you can just feel summer coming! It always makes me smile I have a strict policy that I'm not allowed to complain about the heat in summer as I whinge & moan all the way through winter.

Madam P, congratulations to you & your daughter! I'll be thinking of you, as I mentioned earlier my sister is pregnant, very early stages, and she had lots of trouble falling so, I can understand how special it is.

Have a great day everyone & I'll pop in again later


  Gina R Snape     - Nov 16, 2004 6:57 pm (#2697 of 2977)

Woohoo. Tomorrow is another Snape day on my day-at-a-glance HP desk calendar.

Ok, just had to share that...


The giant squid   - Nov 16, 2004 11:46 pm (#2698 of 2977)

Good to see you around, Betty. Don't worry about Marie telling on me--I'm used to it.

Mare, you have now seen the drawback to everyone & their brother having spam-blocker & virus blocker software included "for your convenience". If an attachment has .exe as the file extension most e-mail virus blockers will...um...block it. Just in case.

Julia, what's wrong with math? Math is fun!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch.   - Nov 17, 2004 5:32 am (#2699 of 2977)

Hope everyone had a good Tuesday. **waves to Loopy Lupin** I was busy, but everything is great.---Catherine

What am I, the next-door neighbor?

I hope everyone is gearing up for Thanksgiving. I've put my order in for possibly the smallest turkey allowed (we have the big gathering after dinner.

A special hello to Becca who experienced, like me, the strange first snow in Massachusetts. Wasn't it pretty?

My husband is off this week and is building me a built-in desk so I've got to take everything off the makeshift desk while he is in carpentry mode. (As an aside, he looks adorable with one of those little red carpenter pencils behind his ear. I should give him home improvement projects more often. ) But alas, earwax, the computer must come down, and apart, and unplugged, and...you get the point. I will be off for the foreseeable future.

Best to all.

PS. Betty, I'm not divulging details, but I know for a fact that Denise P.'s birthday is NOT in November. **waves to Denise, and wonders did she ever get my email**


  Catherine    - Nov 17, 2004 5:38 am (#2700 of 2977)

What am I, the next-door neighbor? --Lupin is Lupin

Of course not! **waves frantically at Kim**

Sorry to hear that you will be unplugged for a while. Best of luck in the home improvements, though. Mr. Kim sounds so handy.

Hope everyone has a good Wednesday. Get back to us soon, Kim.
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