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Thora - Jun 25, 2005 9:22 am (#851 of 2963)

Jumping ahead here I just wanted to show off the cake I decorated for my son's birthday party here's the link.



Madam Pince - Jun 25, 2005 9:39 am (#852 of 2963)

Barbie, for pity's sake don't lose the key to the walk-in refrigerator! And be careful on the step-ladder! You can't be spraining your ankle or anything -- you have to be able to run in case Bridezilla doesn't take the mini-pecan-pies thing well.

Thanks to Stephanie for the waxing tip! No need to pay high prices here for a salon visit! Simply utilize your child's Silly Putty and nobody need ever know the difference!

Thora, your Spiderman cake is gorgeous! You are a real pro! I know your son will be thrilled! Baby Pince's birthday cake was Thomas the Train, and had lots of the same shades of blue and black in it as your Spiderman one. Just be prepared for lots of interesting colors in the ... well,... in the future, let's say!


VeronikaG - Jun 25, 2005 9:48 am (#853 of 2963)

Nice cake Thora!

I think I told Penny happy birthday, but probably not here, so I'll say it again. Happy B-day Penny!

Good luck on the wedding Barbie! Tell us all about it. You are wearing sneakers to run in, right?


Stephanie M. - Jun 25, 2005 12:19 pm (#854 of 2963)

Wow! That Spiderman cakes looks amazing!!! (I wonder if I can get my mom to make me a cake for no reason... )

Best wishes and good luck to everyone on the Forum! (everyone deserves good luck and wishes, even if nothing huge is happening in your life.)

Off to buy the PERFECT mango. MANGO TIPS: Very bright colored mangos are the most ripe. Blush reds and honey yellow to orange colors are usually the best, and pretty too. Smile Also check firmness. If it's firm then it's ripe. If it is very hard and the skin is somewhat green then it isn't ready to be eaten. And if it is very,very dark in color and soft then it's too old. If you want to help speed up the process of making a mango more ripe then put it in a brown paper bag and place it in a sunny area in your house. (Not directly in the sun like my sister did in the back seat of the car!) Okay I'm out of Mango tips, but those are pretty basic.


Eponine - Jun 25, 2005 12:34 pm (#855 of 2963)

Barbie, good luck on the wedding! I'm sure that by this time Bridezilla's so stressed out that the mini-pies won't make that much of a difference to her. I'm glad she didn't turn purple when she found out about the styrofoam cake.

Tomorrow, we're having my niece's 5th birthday party. Yesterday was her birthday, and we went to the mall. I told her she could pick out something small in addition to her bigger present she's getting tomorrow. She's such a girl. She picked out a tiara. I was going to get her a small necklace or something, but she saw the sparkly rhinestones and didn't want anything else. She's quite obsessed with Disney Princesses right now, so she's been wearing it around the house. She's quite cute.

I can't believe we're getting the book in 3 weeks!


Lina - Jun 25, 2005 1:45 pm (#856 of 2963)

Good luck to Mr. P.

Barbie, I hope you are going to have a good time tonight and the wedding is going to be great. I doubt that the bride is going to be angry about the groom's cake, I don't believe that she is going to ruin the perfect wedding by being angry. Well, tomorrow, everything is possible...

Happy birthday to James. Thora, the cake is wonderful!

We went to the beach today. A newly discovered one, and really enjoyed our time. Actually, I even took a nap. I can't believe how sleepy I was. The sea was pretty cold. I told Mihaela: "You are trembling! Go out and warm up a little!" And she said: "Yes, I'm cold, but I have to go where the sea is deeper!"

Stephanie M.: Best wishes and good luck to everyone on the Forum! (everyone deserves good luck and wishes, even if nothing huge is happening in your life.)
Oh, Stephanie, I like it! I'm joining your wishes.


Acceber - Jun 25, 2005 2:34 pm (#857 of 2963)

I don't have much to say, except see you all in five weeks when I return from camp and Happy Half-Blood Prince Reading! I'll miss you all!

Oh yeah, good luck with the cake Barbie!


Puck - Jun 25, 2005 3:04 pm (#858 of 2963)

Hello all! I haven't fallen off the planet, just been busy with quilting, family stuff, etc... My daughter's birthday falls on Half-Blood-Prince weekend. I told myself I would not be allowed to start reading unless the quilt was actually finished. Needless to say, that has inspired me to actually get some work done.

Starting heat wave #2, but this time we've got the AC running from the beginning, so at least the house is comfortable. Though, I do feel obligated to take the kids outside. They help keep me cool by dumping water on me.

Ahh, mangos. I have a great recipe for mango and black bean salsa. Sounds odd, but it's very yummy.

Off to read some threads before I have to get back to laundry, dishes, etc...



lemonbalm&bees - Jun 25, 2005 3:25 pm (#859 of 2963)

And here I was thinking that the "stayus togetherus" charms were for the couple themselves. I suppose the cake might need it more, though. You know, depending on the reaction to the pecan pies. Maybe we should perform two sets of spells- one for the cakes and one for the couple!


Doris Crockford - Jun 25, 2005 4:33 pm (#860 of 2963)

Thora, that cake looked really yummy. I wish my mom was able to decorate cakes like that for my birthday.

Barbie, I hope you can put the cake together OK. I’m sure it’ll be fine and the bride will probably think it’s delicious. And if she can get over the fact that there's a Styrofoam layer, she’ll probably be OK with the pies (at least I’m crossing my fingers for that).

Acceber, have fun at camp!

Am I unusual because I had Silly Putty and Playdoh when I was younger and never got it on the carpet or couch or anything? Oh well, I’m still weird, so it doesn’t really matter.

I went bowling with some friends today. It was really funny because we would bowl a ball straight down the center of the lane, and it would slowly curve to one side. But I still managed to get two strikes and two spares! And my score on our last round was exactly 100, so I’m fairly proud. Of course, we had bumpers which made it a lot easier, but I’m still happy.


Stephanie M. - Jun 25, 2005 7:45 pm (#861 of 2963)

hehehe I just figured out how to change the font color! I was too lazy to look at the How Do You... thread. But I finally did! yay!

Now I just have to figure out smileys... Smile


pottermom34 - Jun 25, 2005 8:01 pm (#862 of 2963)

Nice cake Thora,it looked good enough to eat!

That was a crappy thing to happen to your daughter Chemyst (rim shot on a drum). Anyway be glad it wasn't blueberry cheescake it would've looked worse, even more like the bird stuff.

Anyone ever have a co-worker that doesn't show up to work much but when she does , she/he don't know what they are doing or how to do things. I had to work with some one like that today. It really drove me nuts. The last thing I want to do on a Saturday (busiest day of the week)is train someone.

Am I unusual because I had Silly Putty and Playdoh when I was younger and never got it on the carpet or couch or anything? Oh well, I’m still weird, so it doesn’t really matter.
No just careful.

Good luck to Mr.Denise P. May the force be with him.

We had a chimp get hurt the other day, I guess two of the other ones were picking on him and there was a brawl or something. I guess he's ok but my sister was there today and said the hurt one was sitting by himself. Poor thing.

Off to read more posts. Michelle


The giant squid - Jun 26, 2005 12:15 am (#863 of 2963)

She discovered concentric rings of dirt in(sic) his neck.—Catherine

I get this mental image of Mom cutting him open like a tree branch & counting the rings... (Okay, mainly I just had to take the opportunity to "sic" Catherine. )

Stephanie M, check out S.E. Jones' post #2 in the Navigating the Forum thread http://wc6.worldcrossing.com/webx?224@702.HcVxaVQ4T3p@11f1dbf5@.1dde86ed/1 for all the smilies you can use here. You can also use things like Smilie Central to add custom smilies, but I haven't figured that part out yet. The Forum ones serve me well enough.



Lina - Jun 26, 2005 1:21 am (#864 of 2963)

Doris, yes, it does mean that you are unusual if you never got play dough on the carpet and things like that.
If it will comfort you, my grandmother and my mother used to do plain round cakes for my birthdays too. I had a friend who always had some special cake for her birthdays but didn't taste as well as my grandmother's cake. So I decided to do cakes for my children's birthdays as tasty as my grandmother's but as decorated as my friend's.

Pottermom, maybe you could name the lonely chimp Snape? Which reminds me of Barbie's Snape... Are there any news?


timrew - Jun 26, 2005 7:09 am (#865 of 2963)

I just got back from a week in The Lake District to find over 400 posts on the 'Chat and Greeting' thread. Before I marked them as read, I skipped through them to see 'what else was new'.

So, belated congratulations to Mollis and Prof. Sprout, and a belated Happy Birthday to Mihaela!

Also, to anyone else I might have missed, I extend my heartfelt congratulations/commiserations - delete where applicable!


Finn BV - Jun 26, 2005 7:25 am (#866 of 2963)

Howdy everybody! Back from my trip! I, like Tim, am too lazy to read through the 700 something posts here so I'll wish a happy whatever and a sorry that happened to whoever needs it! I did happen to see the large smiley mollis gave us that represents "pregnant," so… CONGRATULATIONS! And, copying off of the ever-helpful timrew, to Prof. Sprout and belated Happy B-Day to Mihaela!

Anyway, we had a great time out west. From JFK we flew to Denver, and drove up through Wyoming (got my own Stetson! ) and hiked the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. From there we enjoyed spa life in Sun Valley Idaho and then drove 632 miles to Portland, OR in one day (thank goodness for Harry and logic puzzles or I would have been extremely bored ). Then we made our way down the West Coast to San Francisco, where we took the red eye flight last night (which left at 10:25 PT [which is Forum time] and arrived at 6:30 ET [which is three hours ahead of forum time]!). So I can hardly stay awake but I felt that I had to come see what was happening.

Whoever invented that "Mark as Read" button was the cleverest man on Earth. Steph, smilies have been a recent issue among the forum, so if you go to the "Navigating the Forum" thread or "Commonly Used Abbreviations on This Forum" thread or John Bumbledore, "-- Practice Area for Your Ideas and New Techniques" #533, 20 Oct 2004 5:27 pm, which is where it all started (thanks John! :every single smiley in the world goes here:).


Stephanie M. - Jun 26, 2005 8:45 am (#867 of 2963)

Thanks everyone for the smiley help!!!! I just have to read through it all now!

WELCOME HOME FINN!!!! I missed you!

ANYONE WHO DIDN'T MAKE A MESS WITH PLAY-DOH IS A...FREAK!!!! (no just kidding I had my Aunt Petunia moment there. Smile )

I love you all even if you were very careful with play-doh Smile (I really need to read every thing on smileys.


Ydnam96 - Jun 26, 2005 9:01 am (#868 of 2963)

Well, move is finally finished, except for some small things. Thank goodness. But I love love love my new apartment.

Denise, It seems like everytime I come to the chat thread there is something more to be amazed about with you! I know you do not have a choice with your husband leaving, but you are a strong woman to be prepared to have baby P. # (what is this 9?) without him. My dad was in the Navy, and my mom was Ombudsman for almost all his commands, so I saw lots of women go through the birthing process with out their husbands...I know it is not the happiest way to do it. Boy scouts, camping, children, guinea pigs, decks, a mod here, is there anything you don't do???? Wink

OHHHH...I can't wait to see pictures of the finished wedding cake and groom's cake. I hope the wedding went well and that we get pictures soon (if they have already been posted will someone direct me back...I just skimmed the posts since I've been moving). Smile

I can't believe it's almost July. This summer has flown by. Only a few more days till HBP. I'm happy and sorta sad...cause once 7 is out we will have no more to look forward to. Oh well...in the mean time I'm gonna enjoy this one.

Okay, off to read some of the threads I haven't gotten to those in over a week!


Denise P. - Jun 26, 2005 9:13 am (#869 of 2963)

**scuffles feet** I really don't do anything that other moms do all the time, it just seems more impressive when you are dealing with more than 3 kids.

My kids are all being rats today. Apparently it was declared “pick on the four year old day” because the older 4 are going out of their way to upset him and get him to cry. Naturally, the 2 year old follows their lead so I have one crying every time one looks at him and whispers "Baby!" and I am so ready to lock them all into a closet where they can't see or hear one another. (The 4 year old sucks a finger when he is tired so they mimic him, causing upset, or call him a baby to get him to cry) The ring leader is going off to Boy Scout camp today so hopefully things will calm down.


Marie E. - Jun 26, 2005 9:18 am (#870 of 2963)

I have had similar days with just the two of mine. **listens to silence of my currently kid-free house** My oldest, Shayla, likes to whisper things to her younger sister just to make her cry. She then denies saying anything and it turns into a "yes, you did" "no, I didn't" sort of fight. The younger one hit a recent growth spurt and is now only about four inches shorter than her sister so maybe the tide is about to turn...


Catherine - Jun 26, 2005 9:34 am (#871 of 2963)

Mandy, welcome back after your moving days. I hate moving, but at least it forces one to clean out your closets and attic!

Denise and Marie, I know I shouldn't have laughed about the kids bickering thing...but we've been having those days ourselves, and it can make me a real grump (even without a soapbox ) My youngest likes to sing phrases to the tune of "Jingle Bells" until her big sister flips out. Or the big sister will ask her little sister to "pull my arm" and then tattle when little sister complies.

I actually once told them both that, "If it isn't bleeding, on fire, or unconcscious, stop tattlling to me about it." That worked for a grand total of 30 minutes!


azi - Jun 26, 2005 9:49 am (#872 of 2963)

Bickering kids? Me and my brother bicker all the time, at the grand ages of 18 and 16. His favourite is to hit me and then when I *ahem* swear at him deny he did anything so I get into trouble for swearing. Hehe, it never dies down does it? Fortunately he's out today so I haven't had to put up with the teenage strop he's had all week!

Denise P, you are some kind of Supermom in my eyes! Smile I just couldn't cope with any kids!


VeronikaG - Jun 26, 2005 10:14 am (#873 of 2963)

Thanks for the chat Denise. Sorry to hear Mr P. has to go out again.

I've been doing a bit of "baby sitting" the past few days. My childhood friend who used to live next to me has gotten a job in the North Sea, and her almost 7 years old daughter is staying with her grandparents. She knows me from her previous visits to granny and gramps, so every morning without fail she comes and asks me if I want to go fishing with her or help her walk the dog. Sometimes I get her cousins, aged 11 and 5 to look after too, as their mother, my friend's sister, got a job on the same boat. I just have to say I'm more surprised than I should be over what kids can suddenly tell you. If there is something wrong in the family (in this case pending divorce) be sure they know a lot more than they have been told. Sometimes I think they are smarter than some of my supposedly grown up friends.... (Not hinting towards their mothers, but a different friend.)

No words from Barbie yet. I hope she is not still in hiding.


Madam Pince - Jun 26, 2005 10:20 am (#874 of 2963)

****Pats Doris Crockford comfortingly on the back****

Doris, you aren't the only one who was a neat-freak kid. (too bad it didn't extend into my adulthood.) I was always very conscientious about keeping my toys clean and I never ever broke them, and my books are all (even today some *mumble, mumble* years later,) as new-looking as the day they were purchased, although I read them constantly. Apparently when I was young, I would go outside in my bare feet and play until my feet got dirty, and then I would run inside and stand on one foot by the bathroom sink, stick my other foot in the sink and wash it, switch feet and wash the other one, and then run back outside to play again. Catherine might remember the statue in the Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall of the girl washing her feet in the fountain? My Mom always said that statue reminded her of me when I was little.

And no, I do not have an obsessive-compulsive disorder....


Catherine - Jun 26, 2005 10:49 am (#875 of 2963)

Apparently when I was young, I would go outside in my bare feet and play until my feet got dirty, and then I would run inside and stand on one foot by the bathroom sink, stick my other foot in the sink and wash it, switch feet and wash the other one, and then run back outside to play again. --Madame Pince

You know you are young when you are flexible and agile enough to do this. But I do remember the fountain in Charlottesville--great image.


Good Evans - Jun 26, 2005 11:02 am (#876 of 2963)

I had a bit of a grin at the bickering kiddies posts. Mine are just hateful to each other (but older - so the language (all totally denied of course!!) is a bit richer!) Nothing cheeses me off quicker than playground bad language and attitude, so oh for the days of "I'm telling Mum" and "tattletale"!!

Does anyone know how Barbie's wedding cake turned out, i checked for a post but haven't seen anything yet.

welcome back Finn and Timrew, missed you on the trivia thread Finn! but sounds like you both had nice holidays.


Thora - Jun 26, 2005 12:27 pm (#877 of 2963)

Thanks for the compliments on the cake, I was very proud of how it turned out, especially when you consider that I've had 30 minutes of instruction on decorating cakes at a meeting of a women's society I'm in.

I just decorated it, I didn't bake it or put the white on, that's entirely beyond me. I ruin anything that involves baking, and I really love the icing from Sam's club too.

I can't wait to see Barbie's cake!


P.S. Thanks for the cheering charms, the dementors were dispelled in enough time for the party.


Elanor - Jun 26, 2005 1:04 pm (#878 of 2963)

I just pop in to say hello and wish you all a great Sunday! It has been an exhausting one since it was the school's fair and I had to spent most of my day there (and since 7.30 on a Sunday morning!!!!! That should not be permitted by law... LOL!)

The scorching heat it is still here and my body still doesn't appreciate it very much, maybe because everything plots against me to make me do things outside though all I want is to follow the wise advice you gave me to stay inside... I tried to explain desert experts told me to do that when I was roasting in the sun this afternoon, but alas earwax...

I hope Barbie will tell us soon about the wedding, I can't wait!

Have a great Sunday everybody! **going to the fridge for a well deserved ice-cream**


Lina - Jun 26, 2005 2:15 pm (#879 of 2963)

Happy birthday, Ryan!


Phoenix song - Jun 26, 2005 4:13 pm (#880 of 2963)

Gee, I'm blushing to know that you guys have been waiting on my report!   **blush**  Well, I'm pleased to report that all went relatively well. The cake managed to be assembled in what can only be described as a miracle-like-condition! The only problem came into play because the bride wanted a ceramic figurine from Precious Moments to be used in place of the traditional light weight plastic cake topper. The ceramic was too heavy for the already weight-laden cake. I had just finished assembling the cake, was turning to leave the reception hall to watch the wedding, and happened to look back just in time to see that the cake was doing a "Leaning Tower of Pisa" imitation. I took off the entire top without incident (another miracle) and left it off until the bride and groom arrived.

Everybody seemed to be really pleased with the cake. I received enough compliments on the look and the taste to make my head swell! Then I was asked if I could duplicate the cake for a 50th anniversary party next weekend. My very quick, prompt, and rude response was "Absolutely not, there is not anyway in the world that I could do this job in a week and there is no way that I'd even want to!"

All went well until about an hour into the reception when the weight of the ceramic figurine began to take it's toll. I noticed that the cake began to lean a bit again and dashed across the hall to "save" it. I had to borrow the chair that one of the deacon's was seated upon in order to reach the top (very tall cake!) and was able to get it down once more without incident.

That was a bit embarrassing, I have to admit. There's nothing like climbing on top of a chair in a short dress in front of your entire church to make a person blush! What made it even more embarrassing was when my father-in-law and Sunday School teacher suggested that it would be really funny if I fell off of the chair and into the cake. They thought that we'd win the prize on "America's Funniest Home Videos". I declined to fall in order to save a bit of dignity!

The bride loved the mini pecan pies tiered up like a wedding cake. In fact, she had the photographer take pictures of them feeding one another pecan pies like the pictures that you always see of Newlyweds feeding one another wedding cake. I think that the stress of the wedding planning just fell off of her, she seemed happy and without any cares at all. It was quite nice.

I've had pictures taken of the "Monster" cake, but they haven't been developed yet. I haven't personally taken pictures of the pecan pie wedding cake, but I know others that did. As soon as I get the pictures together, I'll be sure to post them.

Thanks so much for all of the support that I've been given during this time. You've all been really great! And I have to admit that the bride was pleased with the decisions that I made even though they went against her original plans. It should bode well for our family relationship. (I HOPE!!)

Lina asked about "Snape" earlier. He's settling in quite nicely! For those that don't remember, I adopted two cats. I was going to name them Snitch and Snuffles. But when the Black cat destined to be named Snuffles got so insanely angry with my black lab I decided that he was more like "Snape" than Snuffles.

Snape can be difficult to catch, much like his namesake, but when you've got him he melts into the friendliest of animals. He's a real sweetie. That makes me wonder if the Severus Snape would be a real mushy man if someone were to catch him long enough for some hugs!



Marie E. - Jun 26, 2005 4:29 pm (#881 of 2963)

Barbie, I'm so glad that the wedding went well, though I am disappointed about not seeing you on television wiping frosting out of your eyes. I'm sure the stress of wedding planning took its toll on the poor girl and she will be sweet as can be from now on.


Catherine - Jun 26, 2005 4:44 pm (#882 of 2963)

Excellent report, Barbie. I'm sure you are so relieved that it's over! How nice (and unexpected) that the bride appreciated your tiered pecan pies. Right now I imagine your chagrin if you'd mis-stepped while fixing the figurines....

I had a chance to feel appreciated myself, today. The kids were at VBS (Vacation Bible School) and I went for a long walk and was feeling very hot and sweaty and tired when I rounded the curve to return home. That's when I saw some of my neighbor's friends getting out of their car. They beckoned me over to ask me to help them unload my neighbor's suitcases out of the car.

One of these delightful ladies was celebrating her 90th birthday today, and she was just so appreciative that I lifted a suitcase out of a car and carried it into the house. It was such small thing for me to do, but those ladies made me feel like a million dollars!

EDIT: Happy Birthday, Ryan! Great picture.


Denise P. - Jun 26, 2005 4:56 pm (#883 of 2963)

Barbie, glad the cake was well received and that the grooms cake was a hit as well.

You know, as an aside, I have never liked watching newlyweds cram and smear cake all over one another. It just seems rather rude.

Helpful tip: Always look in the oven before turning it on. My 12 year old put a plate of spicy Thai veggies in there to get it out of the way (since apparently it was much easier than putting it in the fridge, 3 ft away). I didn't know this and turned the oven on to cook dinner. I kept smelling the sauce, overdone but still the sauce. I finally looked in there and behind dinner was a plate of blackened veggies. (It was pushed in the back and I never saw it when I put dinner in there) I rescued the plate, luckily it was oven safe or it would have exploded. It is currently soaking the bits of charcoaled veggies off to see it can be saved. I hope so because I like this set of plates and have had them for years. They are Corelle and really can take a beating and survive.


Eponine - Jun 26, 2005 5:20 pm (#884 of 2963)

When I was younger, I melted quite a few spatulas in the oven because I neglected to look inside it before turning it on. Now that I have my own house, I don't keep anything inside the oven, so I haven't had that problem yet.

Denise, I hate the practice of smearing cake at a wedding also. Mr. Eponine knew better than to even try. I also despise the practice of tossing the wedding bouquet. Perhaps I'd just been to too many weddings where they make the single girls feel bad for being single, but I didn't throw a bouquet at my wedding. We didn't throw a garter belt either.

Today, we had my niece's birthday party. We had the party at the zoo, and it was really cool. The party room has a bunch of animals in cages around the edge (including a white lizard named Draco), and the kids got to go on a treasure hunt around the zoo and feed some of the animals as well.


Catherine - Jun 26, 2005 5:24 pm (#885 of 2963)

Now that I have my own house, I don't keep anything inside the oven, so I haven't had that problem yet. –Eponine

Another way to avoid this problem is to not use the oven.

How fitting that the zoo had a white lizard named Draco! Happy Birthday to your niece!


Ydnam96 - Jun 26, 2005 6:21 pm (#886 of 2963)

Ahh...Denise I didn't mean to make you scuffle your feet I just think you do an excellent job. I know my mom had her hands full with us three as a military wife/mother so I can only imagine.

You know, I still do that thing with the one foot in the sink and I'm 26 (although, I will be 27 on the 16th!!!!!). The story made me laugh, I thought everyone did that.

Barbie, I am so glad the cake went well!!!! Can't wait to see pictures. I, too, am not a fan of the squashing of cake. The way I see it is that the dress and tux are too expensive to risk getting cake all over them. Plus, well it's messy and I'm obsessive compulsive about cleanliness. I'm also not a fan of the bouquet toss or garter tossing.

Well, my mom (who is visiting) just brought in Marie Calendars' pie so I'm off to eat. MMMMMMMMMMM


Puck - Jun 26, 2005 7:53 pm (#887 of 2963)

Denise, if all else fails, try a bit of oven cleaner on your plate. It usually works with overcooked stuff like that.

Why do kids put things in weird places? Last summer Parker went through a phase of hiding his pajamas. I couldn't figure out why he had none clean, when I had done all the laundry. Then, I would find a pair stuffed in a hall closet, under a piece of furniture, behind a shelf, etc... He always switched the hiding space, so I didn't know where to check when washing clothes. A one point he hid his sisters new shoes, and it was a week before I found them hiding with some of his toys.

Hot? It hit 100 degrees here today.

I already am waiting for school to start to get my kids away from one another. Well, baseball camp in a couple of weeks, so that will be a break from "I want to be the leader!" (Hubby got a dose of this the other day, as he came to a pediatric appointment with us. I explained that I go through that same fight every time I leave the house, so, no, staying home does not involve eating bon-bons.)


Denise P. - Jun 26, 2005 8:11 pm (#888 of 2963)

Yay! My plate came clean and is as good as new. I soaked it in hot soapy water for about 40 minutes. My scrub brush got most off and then about a minute with an SOS pad got any residual bits off. I can't say enough good about Corning Ware.

My 12 year old left for Boy Scout camp this evening. He will be back late Friday night. It is funny how having just one gone makes a difference. Once he left, the others started to calm down and stop picking on the 4 year old.

Uhmm...pie! We have birthday cake but I can't have it. Alas, I have to console myself with a sugar free fudge bar instead but it is better than nothing!


Snuffles - Jun 27, 2005 12:39 am (#889 of 2963)

Good morning everyone, i've missed you guys, it's good to be back!

Cyprus was as always fantastic and very hot! We hired a jeep for 3 days and went up to Troodos mountain, which involved off roading and a very sore backside from being thrown around!

The toys I bought for Olivia for the plane journey sort of worked, they kept her amused for half the flight, the other half was like trying to calm a caged lion! Still it could have been worse, she could have cried the whole way there like another child!

Our waiter was called Felix! I had to ask his surname just in case it was Felicis but alas, it wasn't!

Sorry I haven't read through all the posts but there were 617!!! so Happy Birthday to anyone I have missed and cheering charms to anyone who needs it.

Happy Monday everyone



TwinklingBlueEyes      - Jun 27, 2005 1:00 am (#890 of 2963)

Barbie, am so glad everything went well and seems to hopefully be forecasting the future! Sa bon!

Heat? Humidity?...lets don't go there...

...toddles off to cool, dry, year-round... St Mungos...


The giant squid - Jun 27, 2005 1:25 am (#891 of 2963)

I think that the stress of the wedding planning just fell off of her, she seemed happy and without any cares at all. It was quite nice.--Phoenix Song

The same thing happened with my wife. She said that right as she was waiting for the wedding march to start she had a few seconds to herself for the first time in ages. She took a deep breath, thought, "It's actually going well. Everything's working out," and relaxed for the first time in months. Of course, then we got to the ceremony, with our "ring bear" nearly knocking over a mike stand and my ring not wanting to go on my finger, but that's neither here nor there... I'm glad the cake worked out, at least.

Marie/Denise: I have no idea what you're talking about...siblings picking on each other? Whispering things to the youngest just to see if they'll cry? I've never heard of such a thing! And I most definitely have never done such a thing in the back seat of a station wagon driving from St. Louis, MO to Minot, ND... Hey, Marie was in on it, too!

Welcome back, Finn & Julie! (And Tim, but we expect you'll always be back...who else would put up with your puns? ) Sorry about the excessive posts, but you know what Chatty Cathys we are.



TwinklingBlueEyes      - Jun 27, 2005 1:38 am (#892 of 2963)

(And Tim, but we expect you'll always be back...who else would put up with your puns?)

I agree!

...toddles off agreeably....


Catherine - Jun 27, 2005 4:08 am (#893 of 2963)

Sorry about the excessive posts, but you know what Chatty Cathys we are. --Squid Mike


I never go by the name Cathy!

Have a good Monday, everyone.


Marie E. - Jun 27, 2005 4:55 am (#894 of 2963)

My Monday is starting very pooey. I was awakened at 1:00am this morning by the police pounding on my front door. It appears my next-door neighbor reported hearing shots fired at my house and saw someone running to a car and leaving. What my neighbor mistook for gunshots was someone smashing in my front seat passenger window and stealing my purse and cell phone. I had been helping my husband carry in groceries last night and completely forgot to grab my purse. I was up for an hour or so after the police left calling my bank and credit card company. I'm still trying to remember everything else I had in my wallet to see if I need to cancel anything else. I guess the crooks are welcome to use our zoo membership card, it expires in a month anyway. Needless to say, I haven't really slept since then and am dreading going into to work. Maybe I can skive off early. Surely emotional distress counts for a sick day!


Catherine - Jun 27, 2005 5:26 am (#895 of 2963)

What my neighbor mistook for gunshots was someone smashing in my front seat passenger window and stealing my purse and cell phone. –Marie

Oh, no! How scary and awful, and what a nightmare to sort out. I don't blame you for dreading the day. My sympathies.


Madam Pince - Jun 27, 2005 6:20 am (#896 of 2963)

Oh Marie, how awful for you! I'm so sorry that happened! I remember when I was a little kid and somebody broke into my locker at school and went through my purse -- it was just such an indescribable but unmistakably horrible sinking-in-your-gut vulnerable feeling! Here's a cheering charm to hope you feel better soon! Try to look on the bright side -- it's an excuse to go purse-shopping at least!

I'm having a weird Monday too. I was awakened at 4:00 by what I thought was Baby Pince wailing out in the hallway -- bad dream or something, I thought. When I got up, he was out there, but it was not him wailing, it was coming from outside. So after I'd hustled him into another quieter bedroom, I opened the window to try to find out what in the world that noise was, since it seemed unlikely that a child would be outside in the rain at 4:00 am. Although it sounded a great deal like the "maaa-maaaa" sound that kids make when they're really tired but are wailing that they don't want to go to bed, I think that actually what it was was a couple of cats serenading each other under my window. Egad! such a noise. It took me over an hour to go back to sleep. So now I'm tired and grumpy. Sigh....

Barbie, I'm so glad your cake turned out so well! Congratulations on a job well done! It must've felt good to get all the compliments, but I'll bet the people who wanted you to make another one next weekend will never ask you another favor again anytime soon! And how great that the bride levelled out! Sounds like the family-relations will all work out just fine! (Congrats to Mr. Barbie, too, for getting the kids and all to the wedding on time and dressed properly and all that while you were busy with the cake! In my house, that in itself would've been a minor miracle!)

I think I felt sort of like Squid Mike's wife -- I had been so busy right up until the wedding day, that it wasn't until I was in the limo on my way to the church that I suddenly thought "Oh my goodness, I'm on my way to get married! How did that happen???" Then when my veil got caught on the base of the candle stands while I was walking up the aisle, and it almost pulled them over and set whole church on fire, I was able to focus even more and even laugh a little. (Actually, coming back down the aisle after, the veil got caught again and did actually pull the candles down, but miraculously nothing caught fire.) I agree with Denise and others, too, I can't stand the "tradition" of smooshing wedding cake in each others' faces. It just feels disrespectful to me (and Mr. Pince agrees, thankfully, so we avoided all that.)

Welcome home, Snuffles! Glad the plane trip went fairly well. At least there was another child who was being fidgety so you didn't have to take the brunt of all the other passengers' stares! Ha!

Well, Happy Monday to everyone! Off to get fixings for tacos -- we're having guests from church over for lunch and I feel like being informal. Too bad they'll probably be wearing white shirts! Tee-hee!


applepie - Jun 27, 2005 7:22 am (#897 of 2963)
Edited Jun 27, 2005 7:58 am

Good Monday to all! I've just sorted through the 80+ posts here...gosh you all have been busy!

Thora, the cake is wonderful.....I was going to ask you how you got the white icing so smooth, since I have trouble with that, but I saw your later post about only decorating. ONLY DECORATING...don't sell yourself short, that was wonderful!

Barbie, WHEW!!! I'm so happy it went so well. I was beginning to worry. I am very anxious to see pictures...Did anyone have a digital camera??? I'm sure you are very relieved that it is over. What will you do with your free time now?

Lina, the Pikachu cake was wonderful! I love the new avatar. I truly enjoy watching a child's eyes light up like stars before they blow out the candles on their birthday cake. Please tell her, "Happy belated birthday!!!"

Catherine, the moment I saw your avatar, I thought of your pretty puppy (Daisy, I think??). I figured she had gotten her haircut and didn't look like the picture any more, so it was time for a change. I hope she made out ok.

Denise P, I found out that helpful oven hint the hard way. There is nothing like the smell of burning plastic. When my youngest was around 2, he thought the oven was a wonderful place to put his plastic dump trucks and motorcycles when he wasn't using them. It didn't take me long to realize that there was something in the oven that didn't belong.

Marie E, Sorry to hear about your break in. That must have been horribly scary. I hope you have the opportunity to sort everything out without further problems. I just keep getting a mental picture of two bandits showing up at the zoo for a visit to the petting zoo...

Madam Pince/Squid Mike, my wedding day was much the same. I had done most of the planning, so I was just relieved that it was all finally here. I remember my Mom saying that she couldn't properly cry during my wedding mass. She said every time she looked at me she could see how happy I was, and she could only smile.

Welcome back to all those who went on vacation. I know there were a few of you and I don't want to name names for fear of leaving someone out.

Congratulations to all who deserve it. Happy (belated) Birthday to all I've missed.

On a personal note, I am soooooooooo happy baseball is over. I don't know what I will do with myself every evening during the week. I expect I'll catch up on some reading that I haven't been able to do. We had a pool party yesterday for the team, and they all enjoyed it.

My apologies for the extra-long post. I've been away for a bit and wanted to try my best to catch up.

Have a wonderful day! It's 80 degrees already with 81% humidity!

Edit: Denise P, Best of luck with Mr. P's trip to Iraq. Your positive attitude is an inspiration.


pottermom34 - Jun 27, 2005 7:26 am (#898 of 2963)

Speaking of bickering kids, mine have been at each other’s throats for a week it seems. I'm very close to putting my fingers in my ears and saying LA LA LA LA LA La. I wish it would cool off so they could play outside. It's 95 today and that's too hot to play outside especially if you have central air

MMM tacos sound good. Maybe I'll do that too. It'll get us out of the house.


Penny Lane. - Jun 27, 2005 7:43 am (#899 of 2963)

Thanks Pottermom, now I want Adobe tacos!

I agree it's very warm. I went to a minor league baseball game yesterday afternoon and am now enjoying the after affects of a very uneven sunburn. I'm debating on going to the complex pool - I tend to avoid community bathing areas, but sometimes ya just got do what cha gotta do.

Marie! How horrible for you - At least they didn't break into the house and burglarize you.

I want a pichachu (sp?) cake!


CatherineHermiona - Jun 27, 2005 12:49 pm (#900 of 2963)

Hello everybody!!!!!!!

I wasn't on forum for more than a week. I am very sorry but I didn't find time to check in. Not that I am busy or something but my dad is on the trip often so there is only one PC and my mum is on PC very often. But I would lie if I would tell you that I had not a chance to write. I was on PC very often but just for playing games. But now I came and I will try to be here more often and read all the posts (I skipped around 200 posts because I was in hurry to check in).

There is a lot of things that happened. As first, school finished and school reports are coming day after tomorrow. I will have two 4s (Technical Education and Science). I am the best girl student (there is a boy that has two 4s too). After we get school reports I am going in Zagreb with my sisters and I am very happy.


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Catherine - Jun 27, 2005 1:01 pm (#901 of 2963)

Kate, congratulations on your academic success, and welcome back!


Penny Lane. - Jun 27, 2005 1:31 pm (#902 of 2963)

Congratulations on the scores Kate!


Chemyst - Jun 27, 2005 1:40 pm (#903 of 2963)

Gee, we were not wedding cake smashers either– always learning about having something else in common with posters on this forum

Marie, that is a very suspicious-sounding story. I'd check to see if your neighbor takes any zoo trips in the next few weeks....   I hope everything gets sorted out and your window is reparo'ed quickly.

...my mum is on PC very often - CH   Really?   ...enjoy your summer break.

Denise, sorry I did not check in before you wielded the SOS pad, but the Corning Co. says to use baking soda as a scouring powder on a damp cloth or nylon pad, along with soaking in vinegar. The problem with using metallic scouring pads is that they can put fine scratches in the surface. Corelle®️ is a highly impact-resistant glass, and if you're familiar with glass cutting, you know that glass is first scored and then snapped along the cut. Using SOS pads can leave tiny score marks and the plate could shatter if it is bumped in the future. – Can you tell I once had the world's most insufferable know-it-all as a store clerk in housewares? I think people bought stuff just to get away from him. Oh, and you aren't supposed to use Corelle when caramelizing sugar in a microwave oven either.   I wouldn't worry too much though; since you soaked it first, you probably didn't scratch it.

Well, I know we are getting close to the release of HBP because on my "other forum" (for home schoolers) someone started a Harry Potter thread. The last time they had an HP thread there was just before the release of OP (and someone posted a link to the Lexicon then, which eventually led to my registering here.)

Most of the posts just make me smile and think, "Amateurs, rank amateurs!" But a few are interesting. They listed 19 different uses of the word witch in English. My Webster's has 4 – I had to look.   (Not linking it because world-views, including religion and politics, are discussed heavily & sometimes heatedly.)


The giant squid - Jun 27, 2005 2:24 pm (#904 of 2963)

Catherine, somehow I knew you'd respond to my "Chatty Cathy " comment.

Marie, that's awful about your window/purse. I hate that horrible loss-of-security feeling you get at times like that. I once accidentally left my keys in our mailbox (we have a community box about a half block from the house) and didn'trealize it until almost an hour later. Needless to say, they were gone when I went back. The keychain had my house key, car key, mailbox key (naturally) and one of those Blockbuster swipe things on it. Thank whomever's in charge that I had moved my work keys to a separate keyring a couple day earlier! It was no fun changing the locks on our doors and the mailbox, though. I wasn't as worried about the car--it was an '86 Honda Civic with a mangled front end--if anyone thought they needed it so bad to steal it, they could have it! As suspected, no one took advantage of it...

My wife & I didn't smear our wedding cake all over each other either--we were too hungry! In fact, one of my wife's strongest memories (and biggest gripes) about the reception was that the caterer took her dinner plate away before she'd finished, and she had hardly anything to eat all night.



pottermom34 - Jun 27, 2005 2:36 pm (#905 of 2963)

Sorry to make you want Adobe Penny, I have to say I don't think I've ever been there. Is it even still around? I've been to Qdoba and that's pretty good. My tacos were pretty good by the way.

Marie, sorry about your burglary, glad you weren't hurt though.
When I younger, we had a guy walk right in our back door and take my mom's purse right off the kitchen table. My sister saw it happen. He just came in got the purse then left. It was so long ago I don't remember the details but I do remember that part. It was pretty creepy.


Finn BV - Jun 27, 2005 2:51 pm (#906 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Jun 27, 2005 3:06 pm

When I was not thoroughly reading through the posts after my trip I must have not seen that Mr. P was going to Iraq. Denise, send him my best. Right now my uncle (a grandfather) is in Kuwait and his son (a father) is training to go there.

Marie, that's just awful what happened to you! My mom had her purse stolen off her arm twice in December 2004 and January 2005 and it was terrible! Thankfully, most of the credit card companies were really easy to work everything out (hem hem (no Umbridge moment intended) like American Express )!

Anyway, steering away from bad things … to a personal note. I started music camp today. It's a day camp ten minutes away from my home. I'm playing piano and percussion (perc. in the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra) and also doing Drama. Then in the afternoons I play tennis for 2.5 hours. Unfortunately, it kept raining and then stopping two minutes later. On the tennis note, actually, I hope we're all deep into Wimbledon, especially those of you who live in England. I'm trying to convince my parents to plan our June vacation next year to the end of June, beginning of July to the UK. Hmm…

All right, off to the threads!


Penny Lane. - Jun 27, 2005 2:52 pm (#907 of 2963)

Yeah, they closed the Pink Adobe where people could go and sit down, but opened up another Adobe In and Out on Leonard, so now there is the one where the old pink Adobe used to be on Bridge and one on Leonard and ... fuller? I think. I think they have the best Mexican food in town, and you get a lot for your money.

Marie, I know I already gave you my condolences over the loss of your car window and purse and cell phone, but I still feel bad for you. I once had my purse stolen while in a canadian bar, and I've had my window's on my car smashed and I can just imagine the hassle you are going through right now with insurance and credit cards and things. I wish people could just leave stuff alone that doesn't belong to them.


Thora - Jun 27, 2005 2:57 pm (#908 of 2963)

You know, as an aside, I have never liked watching newlyweds cram and smear cake all over one another. It just seems rather rude. - Denise P.

Indeed. I wasn't giving my groom the chance and did the wedding without a cake.

I hope so because I like this set of plates and have had them for years. They are Corelle... - Denise P.

... and therefore can be found on ebay, the Corelle website has a list with pictures of the sets to aid in identification so you can search ebay with the name. I'm glad it came clean, but keep it in mind for future science experiments.

Marie E.,

Goodness! I had my wallet stolen from my car once ( luckily I was a poor 18 year old and the debit card wasn't even used. I do my  my membership card for the Thespian Society though....) These days I keep a list of the credit card companies and utility companies by the phone and in my purse just in case. Might be a good idea.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 27, 2005 3:20 pm (#909 of 2963)

I came home last night from a lovely weekend in Vermont with my girlfriends only to find the Pottery Barn Kids catalog on my kitchen table with the caption, "Free Shipping on Back-to-School Bags and More" scrawled along the bottom. My kids just had their last day of school on Friday! I took their book bags down from the coat rack today. I don't want to think about school, schedules, homework or bagged lunches for two months. I don't think that's too much to ask.

On a less perplexed note, has anyone ever done any alpine sliding? My friend and I saw it advertised up in Vermont but it was too darn hot to even contemplate. But it looks like a blast. Do they use carts? Is it like a warm weather luge? I am intrigued.

Marie, sorry about the purse. That's a tough break. [no pun intended]

I wish people could just leave stuff alone that doesn't belong to them.---Penny Lane

Wouldn't it be great if purse-snatchers mailed back all the non-valuable stuff? They could get themselves a nickname like "The Gentleman Purse-Snatcher". The public's always a sucker for a courteous thief.


Penny Lane. - Jun 27, 2005 3:53 pm (#910 of 2963)

Wouldn't it be great if purse-snatchers mailed back all the non-valuable stuff? They could get themselves a nickname like "The Gentleman Purse-Snatcher". The public's always a sucker for a courteous thief.

Yeah - the worst part about being trapped in Canada without any Id was the fact that it was my favorite purse. One of the club regulars said that they knew the girl who did it, and that she actually only wanted the purse. Of course my leopard print gold card and 40 US dollars and keys to my boyfriend's (at the time) sports car was just icing. So, we figured out where she would be later that week and chased her down. Of course, when I found her, she ran like OJ Simpson and we never saw her again. I was glad that was all that was in my purse.


boop - Jun 27, 2005 4:00 pm (#911 of 2963)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TOMOE & MIREIME. Have a wonderful day!!!! I can't wait to see you both at the gathering.


Marie E. - Jun 27, 2005 4:53 pm (#912 of 2963)

I would appreciate it if they mailed the pictures of my daughters back to me. Since I moved so quickly on canceling and stopping everything, all they got out of it was the $30 I had in my purse. I spent most of my lunch break at the bank transferring my money to a new account. I missed the DMV by five minutes this afternoon so guess where I'll be during tomorrow's lunch break? It is unfair that for so little effort on their part I am put through so much.

Hmmm...purse shopping...


Madam Pince - Jun 27, 2005 5:50 pm (#913 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Tomoe and Mireime! Hope you both have a fantastic day! ***Edit per Denise's post below -- also Happy Birthday to Liz Mann! Many happy returns of the day!***

(Thanks yet again, Betty, for being such a good record-keeper!)

Marie, wouldn't it be nice if they made a purse that was like the Monster Book of Monsters? Icky nasty burglar sticks his/her hand into the purse, and.....

Now that would be worth purchasing, for sure!


Denise P. - Jun 27, 2005 6:00 pm (#914 of 2963)

Happy Birthday to Tomoe and Mireime! Happy Belated Birthday to Liz Mann!

Marie, that really stinks! At least you were able to find out quickly enough to prevent any charges on your cards. Still, nothing can replace certain things in your purse. Silly but true, I would be more upset about the loss of my wallet than the contents. I don't keep photos in my purse though.

I was looking and admiring my two HP pins for OoP and HBP. I guess I need to eBay to see if I can find the earlier ones...if they were even made.


Finn BV - Jun 27, 2005 6:09 pm (#915 of 2963)

Happy Birthday to Tomoé and Mireime, and belated to Liz Mann as well as (I'm just noticing it now) Ryan P.! If there's anybody else, too, Happy Birthday!

Not much more news about me since 2:51 forum time… just felt I'd get those wishes off fast. Thanks to Betty for that excellent calendar-izing she does. (I remember in my first week of membership she and I were on the chat and about the third thing she asked was when my birthday was )


Ponine - Jun 27, 2005 6:40 pm (#916 of 2963)

I am cross-eyed after reading (skimming, I must admit) several hundred posts - gosh, you people talk! The mountains were wonderful as always - clean air, brooks you can drink from and pesky mountains to climb. Saw bear doo a couple of times, which sort of freaked me out, but fortunately no bears. I am sloowly getting my paper work all together to go to school in the States (Yey!!) and am faced with an interesting dilemma; I signed up for residence halls (lazy people's best way of making friends fast) and was given the choice between a double room in an older than average/graduate student, no ac, small dorm with community bathrooms or a single room in a building with 400-500 18 year old girls, with ac, in a suite with four of these wee ones... decisions, decisions...

I want to wish all birthday boys and girls a happy belated b-day, Veronika Lykke til! with job interview (how did it go?), great job with the cake, barbie! your wedding sounded awesome, Lori! Smile, welcome back to travelers, congratulations to moms-to-be, and happy thoughts, prayers and hugs to everyone Smile

Oh - and PS - am I the only one who is weird enough to dread the arrival of HBP? I mean - that means it is almost over... and what if we lose someone I really really don't want to lose? My HP world as I know it will be over... It is kinda like when I was little, I was always really sad at the end of Christmas eve, because then it was, like, over, and a really long time until next time... Alas..


KWeldon - Jun 27, 2005 7:13 pm (#917 of 2963)

am I the only one who is weird enough to dread the arrival of HBP? Ponine,

I have the same feelings, too. Anxiety, really. It's kind of like the feeling of dread when the phone rings in the middle of the night and you know it has to be bad news.


Ponine - Jun 27, 2005 7:21 pm (#918 of 2963)

KWeldon - yes, exactly!! I mean, I really, really, want to get my little hands on it, but at the same time, I don't because once it is read, it is read, and I can never unread it... Add to this the notion that someone will die, and that I may never feel the same way about the books again (because, let's face it, if Ron or Hermione or Harry go, I will never again love the books like I do now)... I don't want to seem like I am delighted about the fact that you anxious and dreadful as well, but I must admit it is nice to know I am not the only one...


Viola Intonada - Jun 27, 2005 9:17 pm (#919 of 2963)

Happy birthday Liz, Tomoe and Mireime!

Marie E., my condolences on your purse and car window. I have had my purse stolen twice. The part I hated the most was not having a credit card or bank card for a week (mostly because I hate having to go into the gas station to pay, I love paying at the pump). I do have a slight unsociable streak in me when it comes to dealing with people in a business manner. I hate having to go to a bank teller to deposit or withdraw money, too.

Denise, my best to your husband and your family while he is Iraq. We have a family friend who has been there since March. Oh, and btw, please tell me that your house is a disaster and that you are way behind on your house work, even if it is perfectly spotless, just so I can feel a little better about myself. It seems like I can never keep up with my housework. I am a neat freak trapped in a lazy-slob's body. I feel like I have been so disorganized this summer. I really need to "Clean Sweep" my house.

I am also totally sympathetic to the bickering kids. I'm really grumpy if I wake up to my kids bickering. I think they are actually starting to catch on that they shouldn't fight before Mom wakes up, the day is a lot more fun, with less chores and yelling. When does school start again???? (just kidding)


Denise P. - Jun 27, 2005 9:31 pm (#920 of 2963)

Bwahahaha, you are funny Viola!! My house most certainly looks like I have 6 kids that run through it and that housework is not high on my priority list. I have 2 things that keep it from being a total disaster though and keeps it in relatively good shape.

1. My kids are old enough to actually help by doing things like taking old papers out, taking out trash, unloading the dishwasher, wiping out the bathroom sink...that kind of thing. Nothing major really, enough for them to complain about and that is about it. I can do it faster and better than they can but it helps build character. My 11 year old mowed the front yard today.

2. I use a modified Flylady approach. I don't wear shoes, I am not dressed like I am expecting company but I do some pretty basic things on a daily basis that keeps the house looking better than it otherwise would. I spend 15 minutes in one specific area a day, this week it is the living room. This allows me to not feel like I have to blindfold people to come in or apologize that the house looks like kids live in it.

In a nutshell, Better Homes and Garden will never be calling me to take photos of my house.

School starts in just about 6 weeks here! August 9th is the red letter day here!! Wheee!


Elanor - Jun 27, 2005 10:04 pm (#921 of 2963)

Marie, I'm so sorry what happened to you! Last summer, some burglars broke my car's door and stole my CD car radio, fortunately I had just removed the "CD loader" from it (do you call it like that? The box in which you put the CDS, that goes inside the car radio) and I was lucky because there were all my HP CDs in it! phew!

The heatwave is still here 101°F yesterday and the same for today, and about 90°F inside the classroom... It is very hard for me maybe because nights are not that cool either so we can't rest at night. It is worse for old people and small children, I hope it will end soon!

Kweldon, I feel the same about the HBP: I can't wait to read it but I know I will be sad after the first reading because I don't want them to die.

Happy birthday Liz, Tomoé and Mireimé!


Viola Intonada - Jun 27, 2005 10:23 pm (#922 of 2963)

Aaww, that makes me feel much better. Thank you Denise.

I agree about the pending release of HBP. I want to read it, but it brings us that much closer to the end of the series. I really am looking forward to discussing it with everyone on the Forum. It will be tough to try and take my time to read and enjoy it versus hurriedly reading it so that I can join in on the discussions. I don't envy the moderators in 3 more weeks. This Forum is going to explode. I hope it doesn't cause the trouble with WX like it did last time....

Edit: I almost forgot to give an update on the naming of our latest Hermit Crab. The kids thought the Voldemort, the Hermit Crab Who Must Not BE Named was too harsh of a name, but I really wanted an HP name. I set a deadline of Sunday night for the final decision on a name. We ended up writing down our six favorite names then rolling a die. Tom Riddle ended up the winner. So our Hermit Crabs' names are Hermy and Tom.


Amilia Smith - Jun 27, 2005 10:56 pm (#923 of 2963)

I just got out of my class and had a message on my voicemail. It was from my sister and my 17 month old nephew. He said my name!!! And I have a hard name. Man, he is going to be so grown up by the time I see him again . . .

I am feeling a little guilty reading about everyone's miserable heat waves. (90 degrees inside, Elanor? That's awful! Let me guess: they decided not to install air conditioning as the kids will not be in school during the hottest part of the summer.) The weather here is, as usual, perfect. :-) The only complaint I have, really, is the overkill on the air conditioning in the Library and my classroom. You should have seen my class that first day. Here we all were, in our official Hawaiian uniforms of tanktops, shorts and flip-flops, huddled in on ourselves, shivering. But we have learned. Now we come to class wearing pants and shoes and carrying sweaters and jackets.

My HP CDs did get stolen, Elanor. We had someone come and steal stuff right out of our garage earlier this spring. They took a rather eclectic mix of things. From my car, they took my CDs (fortunately my dad had already transferred them onto his computer and converted them to MP3s, but I no longer have the cool yellow tin), my boombox which I kept there for when I went to teach dance classes, and my cell phone car charger; from my dad's car, they took my little brother's birthday present (Napoleon Dynamite); from the garage itself, they took motor oil, filters, and cheap shovels. Go figure.

This was back when I was thinking of going to Wayne State. It was actually rather comforting, in a way. I just said to myself, bad things happen in small town Utah, so there is no need to be afraid of big bad Detroit.

I've got another stolen stuff story. Back last February, I had my purse stolen (stupidity on my part, I won't go into it). A few weeks later, I got a call from a lady who lived near where it had been taken. It seems that the thieves just emptied the contents of my purse out the window of their car as they were driving. After the snow melted, this kind woman found it and called me. I was able to recover almost everything: my pictures, the phone numbers I had written on scraps of paper, my various ID cards, my credit cards, even my cell phone (sans battery). The only things they kept were the cash and the cell phone battery. And possibly my keys, which did not turn up either.

So . . . Marie, I hope things turn out as well for you. It won't make up for the hassle and the worry now, but it would be something.



Lina - Jun 28, 2005 12:20 am (#924 of 2963)
Edited Jun 28, 2005 1:09 am

Happy birthday Tomoe, Mireime and Liz Mann!

Happy anniversary, Denise and Catherine!

I'm so sorry about the burglary, Marie E. Fortunately, no greater damage. I hope you will recover soon. That story about a burglar entering the kitchen, Pottermom, was really creepy. Yet, I don't like to lock the door of my home. We used to lock them during the night before we moved here. But here, having my mum next door, I keep thinking, if she needs something during the night, I'd rather have her enter freely then wake me up. Then, we are on the fifth floor, the burglar should really know what is he after to come so far without the elevator. The next thing is our very smart alarm - barking at the strangers even if they are two floors lower. And he last but not the least, there is such a mess in my apartment, any time, that the burglar would either think that he was preceded by another burglar, either he could not find anything. Mind you, I can't find half of the things...
My dad once left the car window opened and a photo camera at the back seat and found it all next morning.
Once upon a time, while we had no kids, my husband and I went to visit our friends together with our dog. We came home after midnight and found out that we left the yard door opened and the house door opened with the keys in the lock! Of course nothing was missing.
My friend had burglars taking the radio from his car, but they left their screwdriver which was much more worth.

Welcome to everyone who came back from holidays!

I won't believe any of major characters is going to die until I read it!

My husband went for his business trip yesterday, something like 5 hours of driving away, and then he discovered that he left home the bag he desperately needs. So I had to go to the bus station last night to send it to him. I left the house to go to the bus station, and then discovered that I didn't take the bag!!! It seems that the bag was bewitched and didn't want to leave the house. But all is well that ends well. And everything always ends well. Because, if something isn't well, that means that it has not ended yet.


CatherineHermiona - Jun 28, 2005 2:02 am (#925 of 2963)

Good morning everyone!!!!!!!!!

Marie E., I am sorry to hear about your purse. I would be more sorry for the photos of my relatives but I wouldn't even keep them in my purse (unless if I am coming home with the just developed photographs).

I just can't wait this three days. We are going to go to Zagreb to my aunts, uncle, grandmother and cousin!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!



dizzy lizzy - Jun 28, 2005 2:26 am (#926 of 2963)

Well I only ended up with 160 odd posts to read after 6 days away. I am pleased to hear that the cake went OK Barbie!

Happy birthday to all who celebrated and hugs to anyone who needs it.

I am actually not meant to be at home. My workload is another 3 hrs drive west of where I live and is defined as a remote area. I went over on Thursday afternoon and then I had the misfortune to spend 3 days sick as anything stuck in a tiny little motel room (Sat, Sun & Mon). I managed to get some work (interviews) done on Friday and Monday and this morning.

The "bad" news is that it started raining again on Saturday and the road between my home town and the roads flood very easily out here. It got to the point I rang up my head office and stayed on the phone until someone authorised me to come home early to avoid being stranded away from home.

Given we are suffering the worst drought on record I'm not all that upset over the rain. I'm rather pleased actually. I didn't want to be stuck in that motel room any longer.



The giant squid - Jun 28, 2005 3:46 am (#927 of 2963)

I really, really, want to get my little hands on it, but at the same time, I don't because once it is read, it is read, and I can never unread it...—Ponine

Hmm...finally a reason to look forward to Alzheimer's.

Marie, I'm not sure how recent your pics of the girls were, but if they're the same vintage as the last batch you sent me, let me know & I'll return them/scan them & e-mail them to you. Like everyone said, the credit cards, cell phone, etc. are nothing; it's the unique, sentimental items that are the worst things to lose. Maybe you'll get lucky and the cops'll catch the guy in the next couple days and get your purse back. Hey, that's how it works in the movies, right?



Catherine - Jun 28, 2005 4:06 am (#928 of 2963)
Edited Jun 28, 2005 5:46 am

Happy anniversary, Denise and Catherine!—Lina

Thanks from me and Mr. Catherine! Sorry about your husband's bag--to forget it twice!

Denise, that picture is great. Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. P.

Our weather has made it impossible to get stuff done outside--it was 98 degree F and terribly humid yesterday. It's been threatening rain for 2 weeks, but so far, it just builds and builds. Maybe today is the day...

EDIT: You husband broke the bed, Lina? This trip of his is starting to look like a hex was placed upon it....


Lina - Jun 28, 2005 4:08 am (#929 of 2963)

Dizzy Lizzy, I'm sorry to read that you were sick (that's why I don't visit the motels, so I don't get sick at all ), but I'm glad that you are fine again. And I'm specially glad that you got some real rain even if it makes the roads a little messy.

P.S. My husband managed to break the bed in the motel last night.


Chemyst - Jun 28, 2005 5:29 am (#930 of 2963)

Happy Birthday to Tomoé and Mireime

Oh Denise, I am so glad to hear you modified the flylady shoe thing! 'Makes no sense to me. I used to follow their plan - sans shoes - until they reorganized their web page. One would think getting reorganized would be an improvement, but it wasn't for me.

'Never did any alpine sliding, Kim. We came upon it once during a trip to Vermont, but the line had a two-hour wait. Since that trip was on a motorcycle, I consoled myself with the rationalization that I'd already had enough of going fast with the wind in my face and the time could be better spent shopping. And I have a pottery oil lamp to show for it.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 28, 2005 5:46 am (#931 of 2963)

Happy Anniversaries to Catherine and Denise!!! Yay.

School starts in just about 6 weeks here! August 9th is the red letter day here!! Wheee!—Denise

Whoa! When did these chillun's get out of school? April? In my day, (oh dear did I just say that?) we started school before Labor day too, but more like August 20-something. Today, school is mandated to start after Labor Day unless you're a district that typically has a ba-jillion snow days.


Denise P. - Jun 28, 2005 6:57 am (#932 of 2963)

Thanks for the well wishes all, it is hard to believe it has actually been 21 years!

Loopy, my kids finish school by the third week in May. They go back on the 9th of August, have the 10th off and then full day on the 11th...go figure. Where I grew up in CA (and where Mr. Denise grew up in MI), school always began after Labor Day but didn't let out until mid June.


VeronikaG - Jun 28, 2005 7:00 am (#933 of 2963)

Happy birthday Tomoé and Mireime! Happy Anniversary to Denise and Catherine!

I know we're not supposed to post depressing news, but... what sort of evil morons go spreading words that a 20 year old girl has been murdered right outside a shop in the middle of a neighbourhood? I was given this shocking news by my neighbour who had been told by the bus driver who said he knew the girl. Now we are afraid that we have a killer on the loose here. Mom said there had been nothing in the news, and I've checked all news sites in Norway, not a word. My friend who I'm chatting with thinks it's an evil rumor spread to make some drama. Argh! Thing like this usually goes to the news really quickly, I don't see any reason this shouldn't.

On the brighter side, the wedding went well, Barbie! YAY!


KWeldon - Jun 28, 2005 7:10 am (#934 of 2963)

let's face it, if Ron or Hermione or Harry go, I will never again love the books like I do now

Ponine, truer words were never said about the books for me. I hope JKR understands that many fans would feel the same.


Marè - Jun 28, 2005 8:30 am (#935 of 2963)

Congratulations all around, to Liz, Tomoe and Mireime, to Catherine and Denise!

My husband managed to break the bed in the motel last night
What was he doing? jumping on it?
I once ruined a bed while trying to comfort a friend who just had a very long relationship ended. both me and the friend at her other side moved closer to comfort her at the same time. Apparently that was too much... And the entire bottom of the bed fell out. (We're not even that heavy!). Certainly made her smile though. I still have a picture of that poor mangled bed somewhere...

And count on me being a bit weary about book 6 too. Only one to go, and who knows who we will have to miss after this one.... Scary, scary thoughts.

Veronika, if there is nothing in the news, or in the family sections of the newspaper, than it was probably just a rumour. You know the niece from the sister from the neighbours haircutter almost got killed when she tried to cross the street without looking properly, or something like that.

People do a lot of strange things to get attention these days...


Ydnam96 - Jun 28, 2005 9:13 am (#936 of 2963)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday. I am heading to Disneyland with my sister and my mom. Smile


Marè - Jun 28, 2005 10:04 am (#937 of 2963)

Oooh have fun Mandy! Say hello to the White Rabbit (from Alice in wonderland) from me.


Catherine - Jun 28, 2005 10:10 am (#938 of 2963)

Happy Birthday to Tomoe and Mirieme!

I am heading to Disneyland with my sister and my mom. --Ydnam96

Yay, fun for the Ydnam family!

This makes we wonder, would alpine sledding in Vermont be fun?


Chemyst - Jun 28, 2005 10:47 am (#939 of 2963)

Pictures of Alpine slides



I Am Used Vlad - Jun 28, 2005 10:55 am (#940 of 2963)

The real fun can be found on the mountain seen in the second picture but, alas, it's summer.


Finn BV - Jun 28, 2005 11:03 am (#941 of 2963)

Well I only ended up with 160 odd posts to read after 6 days away. --dizzy lizzy

Lizzy, watch out for tricky hypens. I think you mean "160-odd posts," as in some number between 160 and 169, as oppose to "160 odd posts," which certainly is a very rude way of describing our messages while we were gone. ***has everyone bow to him because he is the grammar freak***

My kids finish school by the third week in May. They go back on the 9th of August, have the 10th off and then full day on the 11th. –Denise

Do they really? I finish classes by the third week of May, then a week of finals, and we don't go back until about month later! Hmm…

Happy Anniversaries to the P.'s and the Catherines!

Kate, have a great time in Zagreb. Sounds like you're going to have a fun time.

Well, I'm off to tennis. At camp today, I found out that my best friend and I are both going to the same release party and we didn't even know it. And there have been lots of Harry Potter moments in drama class… everybody seems to be excited. I like to contain my emotions, because if they were unbottled, well… things might get a little hectic. And then I'd have to go into everything I learn on this site which would take a pretty long time.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 28, 2005 11:30 am (#942 of 2963)

Whew. It has been quite the busy day here in Loopy land. Hope everyone's Tuesday is going well.

Now, on the eve of the premiere of War of the Worlds , I think it is appropriate for me to posit an important question to everyone: When did Tom Cruise go completely crazy?


Catherine - Jun 28, 2005 11:33 am (#943 of 2963)

When did Tom Cruise go completely crazy? --Loopy Lupin

Probably at the same time his new movie needed some publicity!


I Am Used Vlad - Jun 28, 2005 11:41 am (#944 of 2963)

I've always thought it was the day he decided that Legend was a good career move.


KWeldon - Jun 28, 2005 11:45 am (#945 of 2963)

When did Tom Cruise go completely crazy?---Loopy

The thing is, if he had done none of these recent antics, the movie would do better than it's going to do with all of his craziness. I bet it crashes and burns, and I am intentionally not going to see it. I actually purposely haven't seen a Tom Cruise movie in many years, but this would have been one I would have considered, if nothing else because it's Spielberg and aliens.

Also, if you haven't seen this yet, it's funny. If I am not allowed to post links, then my apologies...



Elanor - Jun 28, 2005 12:12 pm (#946 of 2963)

LOL Kweldon! Actually, I never seriously thought he was a real actor before seeing "Eyes wide shut" and he was surprisingly good in "Minority report" and in "Magnolia", I loved that movie!

But I really have a problem seeing him on a screen since a friend told me to notice that Tom's nose wasn't "in line" with his teeth, and that's true! Now, everytime I see him, I think of that! How on earth a guy with a non symmetrical face can save the world, honestly?

Your school years are very different from ours here. For the kids of my school, holidays will only start on next Wednesday (one more week, one more week, one more week....) and school will start again on August 25th. But we have 10 days of holidays in October, 2 weeks for Christmas, 10 days in February and 10 days in April.

Amilia, you're right about the A/C... And we would have appreciated it with no doubt today because we roasted again!


VeronikaG - Jun 28, 2005 12:23 pm (#947 of 2963)

Kids here get off school June 19th-21rst (21rst unless it is a Saturday or Sunday I think), and school starts again August 12th-15th. We have one week in September, 2 1/2 weeks for Christmas, one week in February and one week and a day for Easter. We're spoiled.


Eponine - Jun 28, 2005 12:39 pm (#948 of 2963)

Alpine Slides - There used to be one near Chattanooga, and I loved it when I was little. Well, I loved it until I happened to scrape my elbow on the concrete riding down it at top speed one day. A couple weeks later when the black skin had finally gone away, I decided I wasn't too fond of it anymore.

I'm not at all dreading HBP. Yes, I'm a bit nervous for some of my favorite characters, but if they die, then I'm trusting Jo to have it be for a reason. I can't believe it's less than three weeks!


Madam Pince - Jun 28, 2005 12:39 pm (#949 of 2963)

Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Catherine and Mr. & Mrs. Denise P.! Denise, didn't you tell us once that you had two wedding receptions -- the picture caption says 6/28, so was today one of those, or was today the day of the actual temple ceremony? That would be the day you actually celebrate as your anniversary, right?

...there is such a mess in my apartment, any time, that the burglar would either think that he was preceded by another burglar, either he could not find anything. -- Lina.

Tee-hee, Lina, you make me laugh! Yet another good reason to postpone housekeeping -- it's a security measure!

Speaking of things being stolen, someone stole the top part of a large stone decorative Japanese-style pagoda from my aunt's front yard a couple years ago. It's in a very nice neighborhood, and they only stole the top part (the actual pagoda) and left the base standing there. It's very odd because the top is pretty much useless without the base, and furthermore, it seems a strange thing to steal. I mean, I can't imagine that there's a huge market out there for "hot" garden statuary, particularly partial pieces, and it also seems like the type of person who would want to have garden statuary would not be the type of person to steal garden statuary, if that makes any sense. The whole thing just seemed strange to me.

Anyway, now we're left with a base which looks remarkably like the "Pillar of Storge" on the U.S. cover of HBP, so if I come across a Pensieve anytime soon, I'll have just the spot for it....


Loopy Lupin - Jun 28, 2005 12:42 pm (#950 of 2963)

Actually, I never seriously thought he was a real actor before seeing "Eyes wide shut" – Elanor

And seeing this changed your mind?
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Thora - Jun 28, 2005 12:54 pm (#951 of 2963)

Speaking of odd things being stolen, my husband's change cup was stolen from his rental car last night. None of the thousand dollar parts from the trunk, just the change and cup. So now I have to buy a cupholder insert to replace it. Well best get around to calling Ford...



Elanor - Jun 28, 2005 1:10 pm (#952 of 2963)

Loopy Lupin :"And seeing this changed your mind? "

Yes, it did! But I have to say I saw it on the day after I returned from holidays in Canada and I was still suffering from jet lag so it may have helped a bit... Some movies are never better than when you're half asleep...

But I was completely awake when I saw "Magnolia" and I really loved it!


The giant squid - Jun 28, 2005 1:28 pm (#953 of 2963)

Regarding school years...when I was a kid (geez, I sound so old) we got out of school the third week of May (graduation was Memorial Day weekend) and went back at the end of August. We tended to do the day on-day off thing like Denise described; the first day of school was usually a Thursday or Friday. We had very little time off during the year, though--one week for "winter break" and a couple days here or there. Not like the Nevada public school system...seem like every time I turn around they've got another day off. And believe me, it shows. They get Columbus Day off--I never got Columbus Day off! The one I really like, though, is Nevada Day--October 31st. Yep, they found a way to get Halloween off here!

When did Tom Cruise go completely crazy?--Loopy Lupin

Well, it didn't start making news until he started dating Katie Holmes, so there might be a connection there. I've always thought the celebrity Scientologists were a little off to begin with, but Cruise definitely seems to have gone a little overboard.



Denise P. - Jun 28, 2005 1:46 pm (#954 of 2963)

Madam Pince, the picture shows my actual civil ceremony that took place June 28, 1984. I then had a reception in July up in MI and again in December in CA. Our temple ceremony didn't take place until January 1993...many years later. We celebrate the date we were actually married rather than the day we went to the Temple. I think there may be a single photo that exists from the day we went to Atlanta and even then, you need a magnifying glass to actually see people are in the picture LOL


Lina - Jun 28, 2005 2:44 pm (#955 of 2963)

My husband managed to break the bed in the motel last night
What was he doing? jumping on it?

Well, I couldn't be sure, but when we enter the elevator, I never count him as one person. If we put him on one side of a balance, and you and your two friends, that you mentioned, on the other side, I would almost bet that his side would overbear (I hope I'm using the right words) if your friends are comparable to you. He is the cutest when the youngest wants to seat in his lap and he says that the chair is made only for one person.

Mandy, have a good time (I guess you are already having it) in Disneyland!

Oh, people, you scare me to death with your stories on the school years. Our Ministry of education and so on is doing some reforms taking some school systems from the west as a model. I just hope they wouldn't find out about those short summers! Our summer vacation at the school lasts more than two months and I couldn't imagine it shorter. The school starts at the beginning of September, four free days at the beginning of November, 2 free weeks for Christmas and New Year, one week at the end of January, one week for Easter and the school ends around June 15. Six free weeks for summer, just a thought freaks me up.


Finn BV - Jun 28, 2005 2:55 pm (#956 of 2963)

I agree Lina. We get three whole months at our school, 2 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks in March, plus lots of little tiny holidays (like Columbus Day) and all religious holidays, because our school is about 50% Jewish, 40% Christian and about 10% everything else (I'm sorry, this may sound rude but I'm trying to phrase the "everything else" the best way I can). Also, Lina, I know you're doing your best at learning the language, so I'll just give you a heads up on these three things: The word "overbear"… hmm. I can't quite think of the right word; you'd probably say "weigh more," someone else could probably think of the right verb. "Overbear" is similar to "overcome," which means to take problems but to: not care if they're insulting, or, find the solution easily. Second, "seat" is a noun, so you would probably say "sit," the verb. And we say "freaks me out," but "freaks me up" could probably be colloquialized any day now. I hope this is helpful.

KWeldon, thanks for the great link. It will probably be taken down soon, so I'm glad I got a pretty good laugh just in time.

Loopy, Tom Cruise has been crazy for… ever. Ya. This household is not, what you would call, the "biggest" fan.


Madam Pince - Jun 28, 2005 2:57 pm (#957 of 2963)

Some movies are never better than when you're half asleep... -Elanor.

I must've seen the better part of "Eyes Wide Shut," then, because I have yet to be able to keep my own eyes open to finish watching the darned thing. I bet I've tried to watch it a dozen times (all on HBO or one of those movie channels -- never at a theatre) and I fall asleep every single time. I thought it was the most boring movie I've ever tried to watch (along with "Hannah and Her Sisters," which I fell asleep on in a movie theatre while on a blind date. Not a very stellar evening....)


timrew - Jun 28, 2005 3:02 pm (#958 of 2963)

Loopy Lupin When did Tom Cruise go completely crazy?

I think about the time he started to believe in Scientology - a religion started for a bet, by Ron Hubbard, the science fiction writer.....


Catherine - Jun 28, 2005 3:06 pm (#959 of 2963)

My sis and bro in-law have weighed in, and advised me against the movies in question.

But I must say, in Tom Cruise's defense that Jerry Maguire, while not a serious film by any measure, has many good quotes that my family uses on a regular basis.

I've mentioned this before, so I won't be tiresome and mention them all again, but we quite enjoy using certain phrases.


dizzy lizzy - Jun 28, 2005 3:39 pm (#960 of 2963)

Thanks for finding my missing hyphen fbv. Muchly appreciated.

The only good thing about being sick and away from home in a motel room was that the motel pipes cable TV to the rooms(Only where we live its "satellite" cable TV). Anyway, whilst lying there under all these blankets shivering away (heater going full blast) and feeling sorry for myself; I managed to stumble upon the Rugby .

So I watched the Australia vs Italy match which was held in Melbourne, and the Aussies played an excellent match and won the match comprehensively. I then was able to switch channels and watch the British/Irish Lions vs All Blacks (New Zealand) match which was held in New Zealand. It was a very dour match and had lots of snow and rain, so it was a very slow match.

Mind you I don't remember all that much of either match, but at least it gave me something to do and focus on.

Still raining here, we had 35mm last night and my lawn is looking like a swamp, the dogs are in the laundry sulking, and my garage has now got an inch of water across the floor. Lovely lovely water!

Have a wonderful day/Evening everyone



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 28, 2005 6:07 pm (#961 of 2963)

Pictures of Alpine slides---Chemyst

Thank you, Chemyst. I'm wondering how fast those puppies go.

Well, I loved it until I happened to scrape my elbow on the concrete riding down it at top speed one day. A couple weeks later when the black skin had finally gone away, I decided I wasn't too fond of it anymore.---Eponine

Oh, well, that gives me an idea. Reminds me of a spectacular spill I took in junior high going downhill on a friend's bike. When everything healed up I had a scar that gave me the illusion of two elbows.

I can't imagine that there's a huge market out there for "hot" garden statuary...---Madam Pince

You know, I think there actually is. My friend had three shepherd's hooks behind a rather large boulder at the end of her driveway. On each, she had a hanging plant. She came home one day to find all three gone. And last year (or was it the year before) The Boston Globe did a big article on garden statuary being stolen. It seems with the trend towards hearth and home (thank you HGTV) garden statuary and the like are popular on the black market. On a slightly different note, there was also an article about stolen garden flowers. It seems hydrangeas are quite popular (thank you Martha Stewart) and the blue ones even more so. They do very well in the soil down the Cape and owners come out in the morning to find their hydrangeas have been ravished.

But I must say, in Tom Cruise's defense that Jerry Maguire, while not a serious film by any measure, has many good quotes that my family uses on a regular basis.---Catherine

Funny, we quote liberally from The Godfather I and II. Well, not the kids. And last night, we caught part of the Blues Brothers. I've never actually seen this film in its entirety (I also haven't seen Airplane, Animal House or Caddyshack---serious omissions in pop movie culture) but it seems the bits I do catch have all been quoted to me over the years by Himself. What is it with men and movie quotes?

For the record, Tom Cruise does appear to be a few sandwiches short of a picnic. And to think I had a picture of him in my dorm room, oh so many years ago.


Denise P. - Jun 28, 2005 6:14 pm (#962 of 2963)

We had our hose reeler stolen right out of the yard. You know, a little plastic box with a wheel inside so you can reel your hose up out of sight. They took the hose too, obviously.

Tom Cruise has angered a lot of women lately with his uninformed opinion about post partum depression and the use of drugs to treat it. He must not be familiar with the quote from Mark Twain (at least I think it is Mark Twain) "It is better to be thought a fool and keep silent than open your mouth and remove all doubt."


Thora - Jun 28, 2005 6:46 pm (#963 of 2963)

Nevada Day--October 31st. Yep, they found a way to get Halloween off here! - Squid Mike

I was rather fond of that growing up, I remember being at a Nevada Day parade once and asking my mother why we had a parade for Halloween.... and then she explained the whole  thing, and that only Nevadans got the day off school.

I've never been a Cruise fan, he gives me the creeps. So do Travolta and Kilmer, but if Cruise only just converted I don't see how Scientology has anything to do with the size of his head.



boop - Jun 28, 2005 7:09 pm (#964 of 2963)

Birthday for June 29!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JIM,THOMAS PHIFER, AND FLEUR-DE-LYS. Have a wonderful day.


dizzy lizzy - Jun 28, 2005 7:21 pm (#965 of 2963)

I think I missed a few birthdays during my last absence so Happy Birthday to the two I'm sure I missed (was one of them Penny???).

But..since it is the 29th over here right now, Happy birthday also to Jim, Thomas and Fleur



Finn BV - Jun 28, 2005 7:33 pm (#966 of 2963)

***sends birthday wishes to Jim, Thomas, and Lori***
Have a good one.

By the way, please don't go there now as it's under construction (there's a landing page that say it's almost there if you do happen to go anyway), but I've re-started my home page. It's through my school, and for some reason it was shut down for three months, but I've got it started again, and I can't wait to get it running into gear. Check it out at mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland… in a couple of days. I want to try to get it up for at least the Wimbledon finals, if not earlier. Soon to come…… HARRY POTTER STUFF!!


Catherine - Jun 28, 2005 7:41 pm (#967 of 2963)


Happy Birthday to you, kids. Many more, and enjoy the Forum as much as I do!

(Betty, how you keep track is amazing; I won't ask)

'Night, all..


Finn BV - Jun 28, 2005 8:15 pm (#968 of 2963)

Well, Catherine, I sure didn't write that, looks like it's quoted from Betty herself, but if you say I wrote it, I'll take the credit.


pottermom34 - Jun 28, 2005 9:16 pm (#969 of 2963)

Birthday and Anniversary wishes to all the birthanniversday folks.

Has anyone seen any rain in the air? We've just been put under a watering restriction. It goes according to house #, odd numbers on odd days even on even days. I tell you it's a pain in the rear. We haven't even had much business at the zoo it's been so hot. As muggy as it has been you'd think there was rain in the clouds.

Sorry, no zoo tales to tell except that I twisted my ankle stepping off a ladder ( I'll be sure NOT to call Lockhart). But I'm still walking so it's ok. We've started inventory and I was counting the t shirts and when I got all done, someone said "oh we weren't going to do shirts yet". Boy I wasn't happy, to say that after spending all day in a hot, stuffy stock room and hurting my self. How rude. Oh well that's my day for you.

Hope you all had a good tuesday, and have a good wednesday. Michelle


Marie E. - Jun 28, 2005 9:24 pm (#970 of 2963)

Wow, we have a lot of June birthdays, don't we? Happy birthday everyone!

Thanks to everyone for your kind words and well wishes on my purse situation. SquidMike: the pictures were mostly older ones of the girls and I have duplicates. I would never put pictures in my wallets if I didn't have backups. Thanks for the offer, though. I went down to the DMV to get a new license and they said that they mail them out now and it will take three weeks to get to me. Three weeks until I have a driver's license!! I have a nifty paper temporary one. Weeeee!

I always say that anyone with kids should never have to apologize about how their house looks. My kids playroom is a disaster, but it has a door that shields the mess from visitors. Beyond that, my house is pretty clean, with pockets of untidiness.


Shannon aka Brammwell - Jun 28, 2005 10:39 pm (#971 of 2963)

Hello all; sorry it's been so long since I've posted but life has become very harry in the last while (pardon the pun). It has been pretty busy as school winds to a close and we get set to celebrate another fabulous "Canada Day." And as all you mothers can appreciate, my children will be leaving shortly to spend a week with their grandparents. I love my children dearly but I would really like to live that fine old saying, "absence makes the heart grow fonder." Alas my naive parents have requested to take my children for a total of four weeks spread out through the next two months. I have big plans during their absence as you can imagine, 1) sleeping through the night, 2) reading a book, hmm, wonder if any good ones are coming out soon, hee hee 3) enjoying the beauty of silence 4) wearing a white top and it staying clean. I can imagine all you mothers can appreciate these simple pleasures. Happy Canada Day, and to my neighbors to the south, a Happy July the 4th! Take care


The giant squid - Jun 29, 2005 2:21 am (#972 of 2963)

What is it with men and movie quotes?--Lupin is Lupin. Natch.

Um...it's a way to jumpstart our notoriously poor memories to remind ourselves why we liked a particular movie? That, or we figure there's no point in coming up with a phrase to cover a situation when it's already been done for us.

Betty, how you keep track is amazing; I won't ask—Catherine

She keeps track of birthdays the same way Denise keeps track of her eleventeen children--magic. By the way, here's a big **hug** for Betty; I missed the last couple times you posted, so hug yourself twice more from me as well.



Lina - Jun 29, 2005 5:26 am (#973 of 2963)

Happy birthday Lory, and Jim, and Thomas Phifer!

Oh, thank you, Finn. This was a problem to me, the words and expressions that I don't regularly use. Unfortunately, at the Forum, we can't wave with hands. I'm sure many more people would understand me better if we could. I wanted to describe this: . As for seat, sit, to and too, that has more to do with the lack of concentration in the late night hours.

Well, I was notified a week ago that I should do some work, but it had to be done only in 2 weeks from now, so I didn't hurry, I figured I had time. Today I was told that this job is not going to be necessary at all! Now imagine how would I feel if I had done it right away and having to make it undone now! So procrastinating is sometimes a good choice. I have discovered it already - when someone calls me in panic, I always wait 5 minutes before going to them. So many times they call me again to say that the problem was resolved.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 29, 2005 5:48 am (#974 of 2963)

What is it with men and movie quotes?--- Kim

It's way for us to show that we can handle things! We're smart! Not like everybody says!

Catherine, what movies were weighed in upon? I didn't follow your last post.

So procrastinating is sometimes a good choice.—Lina

Sometimes? (Cute doggie by the way.)


Catherine - Jun 29, 2005 6:19 am (#975 of 2963)

Catherine, what movies were weighed in upon? I didn't follow your last post. --Loopy Lupin[

My in-laws hated Magnolia and Eyes Wide Shut, so I didn't bother seeing them.

Like Loopy said, cute doggie, Lina. Procrastination worked out for you, yay!

Happy Wednesday to all.


Thora - Jun 29, 2005 6:23 am (#976 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Lori, Jim, and Thomas!

Oh and can I just say that government paperwork is particularly painful to fill out? GRRRRRRRRRRRR



Puck - Jun 29, 2005 6:55 am (#977 of 2963)

Hello to all!

I loved the alpine slides when I was a kid! I remember, though waiting in line for what felt like years for one ride. I went in early June once during college, before the grade schools were on vacation, and we went right on with no wait.

Did you tour Ben and Jerry's while in Vermont? They give out free samples!

Home today with a sick girl. Maya was up in the night. She was caught under the blankets and couldn't get out, and was talking about fighting "bad guys." So, I brought her to Mom's bed. At 5am I realized she was like being next to a furnace...105.5 degree fever! By 9am it's down under 100, but I cancelled our afternoon beach trip.

Of course, stuck inside I could clean the house, but yesterday’s dishes are still in the sink, and I"m sure there's laundry piling up someplace. It just seems so pointless. I mean, if I wash everything now, tonight more dishes will be in the sink, and dirty clothes will once again be waiting.

Cheers, Kathy


Madam Pince - Jun 29, 2005 7:03 am (#978 of 2963)

Kathy, that's exactly the argument I always gave my Mom over making the bed! "But I'm just going to get back in it again in a few hours! What's the point?" Hope your little one feels better soon -- a fever like that is just no fun at all.

Happy Birthday Jim (is that mischafan Jim?), Fleur, and Thomas!


Catherine - Jun 29, 2005 7:19 am (#979 of 2963)

So, I brought her to Mom's bed. At 5am I realized she was like being next to a furnace...105.5 degree fever!—Puck

Eeek! I hope she feels better today.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 29, 2005 7:19 am (#980 of 2963)

Did you tour Ben and Jerry's while in Vermont? They give out free samples!---Puck

No, I did not. Although I did have some. Mmmmm Chocolate Fudge Brownie, mmmmmmm. However, I'd like to go on record as saying that Vermont, for all that it's the home state of Ben and Jerry's has a notable lack of ice cream joints. I actually had to search for a place that sold Ben and Jerry's. What's up with that?

It's way for us to show that we can handle things! We're smart! Not like everybody says!---Loopy Lupin

Every time I put my line in the water I said a Hail Mary, and every time I said a Hail Mary I caught a fish.


Doris Crockford - Jun 29, 2005 8:50 am (#981 of 2963)

I've missed so many birthdays over the past couple of days, but I'd still like to say Happy Birthday to everyone who's celebrating. I hope it is (or was) a good one!

When my family drove through Vermont, we stopped at Ben and Jerry's. We got free samples, and my brother answered the trivia question, so he won a free ice cream bar! That was pretty much our lunch, though, since Ben and Jerry's ice cream is so filling. But since I was about 8, I didn't mind at all!


CatherineHermiona - Jun 29, 2005 9:45 am (#982 of 2963)

Just want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to everyone that celebrates or doesn't and have birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Puck - Jun 29, 2005 10:48 am (#983 of 2963)

Maya is feeling much better. I was worried, because the last fever she had went on for days. Parker never spikes high fevers like that, but Maya shoots up over 103 several times a year. Flipped me out the first time. Now, I don't panic unless I can't get it back down or she's super lethargic. This one broke in a matter of hours, and she's playing happily and eating fine. Now, if only I had more energy, as I woke up with her at 3am and never really got back to sleep.

Now I'm thinking of Ben and Jerry's. Must pick up some Phish Food next grocery trip.



Denise P. - Jun 29, 2005 11:03 am (#984 of 2963)

It is a miserably hot, humid day here. Our pool is up to almost 90°F, which should tell you how warm it has been. I can't complain though. Mr. Denise called this morning and told me it was up to 108°F yesterday where he is.

I love that my HP countdown on my desktop now says 16 days....just over 2 weeks! This is going to be a great summer for reading. HBP in July, a new Eragon in August, a new Diana Gabaldon in September and finally a new WoT in October. I will be set until nearly Christmas with new books to read.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 29, 2005 12:18 pm (#985 of 2963)

I love that my HP countdown on my desktop now says 16 days....just over 2 weeks! -- Denise.

I know. I'm starting to get dizzy here. Cold compress please!

By the way, Denise I assume that sometime after August, your profile will be amended from "with almost a baseball team" to "with a baseball team"?


VeronikaG - Jun 29, 2005 12:19 pm (#986 of 2963)

Happy birthday to Lori and Jim!

Denise, I guess WoT is short for wheel of time? I was starting to suspect nobody else here were reading it. So far I'm only on book 6, Lord of Chaos. I doubt I'll get through the series in time for the Knife of Dreams to be released.


KWeldon - Jun 29, 2005 12:42 pm (#987 of 2963)

Is anybody reading A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin? The fourth book, A Feast for Crows, is slated for release in November. I'm re-reading A Storm of Swords now and can't believe how much I had forgotten.

I was also glad I just finished re-reading Eragon. I remembered so little from before!


VeronikaG - Jun 29, 2005 1:05 pm (#988 of 2963)

I'm going to read that series when I've read HBP and the rest of WoT. I have no idea what it's about, but I hear everybody say it's so good I just need to see what everybody is talking about. Hey, that's how I started reading HP.


The giant squid - Jun 29, 2005 1:52 pm (#989 of 2963)

I just wanted to commend Loopy Lupin & Catherine for their excellent choice of avatars today. Bloom County & Calvin & Hobbes were my two favorite comic strips ever, and I was horribly saddened to see them end. Berke Breathed's follow-up attempts just never felt the same...

Lina, welcome to the fold! Finally some actual proof that procrastination is a good thing! I'll put out a press release to all members of the society in a little while.

I still haven't read Wheel of Time. Since I didn't find out about it until somewhere around book 3, I figured I'd wait until the story was done...little did I know. I probably would have done the same for HP if they hadn't made movies of it to suck me in.

I've noticed my smilies have been getting a workout lately...apparently I'm feeling expressive.



Catherine - Jun 29, 2005 1:57 pm (#990 of 2963)

I just wanted to commend Loopy Lupin & Catherine for their excellent choice of avatars today. Bloom County & Calvin & Hobbes were my two favorite comic strips ever, and I was horribly saddened to see them end.--Squid Mike

Thanks! I decided to use Calvin and Hobbes after I found an old book of the comic strips in a box in the attic and reread it. They just don't make comic strips like they used to, although Dilbert may be an exception.

Bloom County was also a favorite of mine.


Denise P. - Jun 29, 2005 2:46 pm (#991 of 2963)

Calvin and Hobbes was always a huge favorite of mine. My kids found a collection of them and started to read it so we have been slowly supplementing the books of Calvin and Hobbes we have.

My all time favorite cartoon has to be The Far Side by Gary Larson. There is no way that I could ever pick a favorite one of his. In fact, I think I will change my avatar to one of the many favorites of his...my mom actually registered for a foot race in San Francisco so she could get a t-shirt with this on it.


Catherine - Jun 29, 2005 3:13 pm (#992 of 2963)


How could I have neglected to mention The Far Side? That's one I miss for sure.

I remember the cartoon in your avatar. I laughed hard enough that my sleeping dogs raised their heads off the floor to stare at me.

Ah. Cartoon nostalgia.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 29, 2005 3:23 pm (#993 of 2963)

Oh, I love Calvin and Hobbes. I especially like it when Calvin becomes "invisible."

My kids also discovered the comic strip over the past year. One panel involves Calvin's peanut butter sandwich coming to life and attacking him. My kids go off into peals of laughter every single time they read it.

I've never heard of Wheel of Time. What's it about? I'm currently in a race to get through the Chronicles of Narnia before the movie is released. I don't want the movie studio's imagery in my head before there's some of my own.


Ydnam96 - Jun 29, 2005 3:28 pm (#994 of 2963)

I may be showing my youth here...but there was an actual cartoon on tv on that was The Far Side? I never knew that.

My favorite comic is Ziggy. Short and sweet.

Disneyland was an adventure...always is with family. I have a pass so I think I've gotten a little bored *gasp* (I'm a huge Disney fan and I love Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, but I've been there a lot because I bought a year pass and wanted to use it because it was expensive.) Anyway...there was mild drama with the family but a good day overall.

My mom and sister flew back to Virginia today. They flew out to help me move. My move is completely done, it still feels wierd in my new apartment because I can't believe it's home. I'm sure that will change (I have moved a lot too...Navy Brat).

Anyway. I'm going to go back to napping while watching The Princess Bride. Happy Wednesday.


Marè - Jun 29, 2005 3:42 pm (#995 of 2963)

I'm currently in a race to get through the Chronicles of Narnia

Lucky you, so far I've only read a few books, and out of order too, in Dutch, a few years ago. I'm still looking for a decent set of all books in english, but unfortunately (much like Lord of the Rings) those will probably become available after the movie hype...

Oh, brainwave! Going to London with a bunch of other book freaks in a month! Can look for Narnia there!!!

And Mandy, I love Disney too. Not so much the commercial stuff and the parks (allthough I've only been to disneyland Paris once, I found it a bit pink...) But I love the movies. I started collecting them pre DVD era, so I have most of them on video. I put them in chrocological order and it's so easy to spot how much years it took them to make a movie in the beginning. Some have a very distinctive style that returns every four movies. They were made by the same team of artists.
I stopped collecting when they started with the digital era and the Lion king 2, 3 and 455 etc.
Must say I love the art in Lilo and Stitch though.
Which are your favourites? I remembered, at some point, word for word text to the little mermaid... If you make me watch Junglebook I'll start laughing in the beginning because at some point in the movie there is the snake who gets stuck with its tail in a knot behind a tree, and I find that so funny for some reason. And I just adore Alice in wonderland, no particular reason at all.


Catherine - Jun 29, 2005 4:00 pm (#996 of 2963)

Anyway. I'm going to go back to napping while watching The Princess Bride. Happy Wednesday. --Ydnam96

Ah, good movie quotes there.

As you wish


TwinklingBlueEyes      - Jun 29, 2005 4:52 pm (#997 of 2963)

(allthough I've only been to disneyland Paris once, I found it a bit pink...)

Mare, I hate to sound totally "out of it", but can you explain "pink" to this dumb southerner?


Madam Pince - Jun 29, 2005 4:55 pm (#998 of 2963)

You guys have hit my top three comic favorites, The Far Side; Calvin and Hobbes; and Bloom County. I have all of the "collections" of all of them, I think. (At least I hope I haven't missed any.) I have a couple books by B. Kliban, also, which are pretty weird and quirky, too.

Just found this on the Internet: "Great news! The Complete Calvin and Hobbes will be published September 1, 2005, containing 3 large hard-cover albums featuring all Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that ever appeared in syndication. The list price is $150, but it's available now available for pre-order for only $94.50!" Hmmmmmm...it looks like a beautiful collection, but that's a lot of moolah!

Mandy, I don't think The Far Side was ever a TV cartoon, just a comic strip. (I have a tie for favorite: the one with the astronaut standing alone on the moon reading the note: "Dear Joe: where were you? We waited and waited..." and then the other one was the two polar bears chatting while they ate the top off an igloo "I just love these things! Crunchy on the outside with a chewy middle!") They were all so funny, it's hard to pick a favorite.

My computer mouse pad is Opus and Bill the Cat. I used to have a really cool screen-saver that did lots of fun Opus things, but it used up so much memory that I took it off. Actually, now that I've got a new computer with so much more memory, I should probably try to re-install it!

Oh, Mare, I wish I could lend you one of my sets of The Chronicles of Narnia! I have several which I bought because of the different cover art on each. I am very much looking forward to the movie, but I always like to read the book before I see a movie, for some reason. (By the way, Baby Pince also always laughs hysterically at that part in The Jungle Book when the snake's tail gets in a knot and gets caught in the tree. It's his favorite part -- "Look at that silly snake!")


Chemyst - Jun 29, 2005 5:31 pm (#999 of 2963)

Is there still time to tuck in a birthday or three? Like Madam Pince, (who has suddenly gone creative with the avatar –cute by the way, ) I too was wondering if Jim is mischa fan, so to Jim & Thomas & fLori-de-lys, Happy Birthday

...currently in a race to get through the Chronicles of Narnia before the movie is released. I don't want the movie studio's imagery in my head before there's some of my own. - Lupin is Lupin

My son is with you on that one. And The Chronicles are proving to be a marker of just how fast he is growing up. The first time he read them, it was a major task to finish one chapter a day. This summer, quite on his own, he decided to reread them before the movie and he is doing a book in about two days, just in his spare time.
When the LotR movie first came out, he'd read only The Hobbit, which gave him mental imagery for Gandalf, hobbits, dwarves, and Rivendell. The movie Rivendell was very different than either of us had imagined. So he wants to get his own images too.

But I've peeked at The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie site and ... do I need to go to invisible writing??? The Wardrobe is full of cloth coats! In the book, they are all fur coats. Is this political correctness at work?


Catherine - Jun 29, 2005 5:35 pm (#1000 of 2963)

I read your white script, Chemyst, and I'm very afraid.

Lewis was pretty specific about the coats. I'm thinking, as a former English teacher, that the coats in the original version served a purpose, one that I feel won't be served symbolically at all by cloth coats.

I must do some reflecting on this.
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Ladybug220 - Jun 29, 2005 5:41 pm (#1001 of 2963) Reply
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Ahhhhh, Chronicles of Narnia, I love that series. What I don't like is how they have reordered it. It's now in chronological order rather than the original written order. I like how the world unfolds and is revealed in the original ordering.

Otherwise, I hope that everyone is well. Happy Birthday to those that I have missed. And, only 2 days until my vacation/holiday starts - woohoo!


Mrs. Sirius - Jun 29, 2005 5:43 pm (#1002 of 2963)

Oh. so many birthdays! Happy Birthday to all.

Marie so, so, sorry. That is such a vile violation. The only compensation is purse shopping.

Today is my 38th anniversary! Thirty eight years living in the USA! I don't know why my kids don't believe me when I say I'm 29. I think I'll be 35 now.  :goofygrin:

For those with college loans, I heard yesterday again, that this Friday is the deadline for consolidating loans at the lower rate.

Even as I write this, I am watching "The Silver Chair" the fouth of the Chonicles of Narnia by the BBC with my kids. 16


Finn BV - Jun 29, 2005 5:55 pm (#1003 of 2963)

Consarnit! Catherine got post #1000. (You're supposed to say w00t!) Actually, if I'm not mistaken, that's Loopy's line, sorry 'bout that one. I sometimes do that.

Well, my homepage is back up. Check out http://mail.horacemann.org/~finn_vigeland.

I have links to HP pages but so far no real in-depth page about what I think… hey, I had to work on the Wimbledon pages!

Today it rained like crazy. I was promoted to the very top court in my tennis clinic, where all the really exceptional kids play, where I have never made it before, and it just has to rain! For 20 glorious minutes I thought I was going to be there for the whole rest of the clinic and … kaboom. That was it. Oh, well. Try again tomorrow.


Edit: Happy Anniversary to Mrs. Sirius! Congrats!
Edit Edit: Madam Pince, you changed your avatar! How am I ever going to live without those blue glasses. Just kidding. I like it a lot.


Madam Pince - Jun 29, 2005 5:56 pm (#1004 of 2963)
Edited Jun 29, 2005 6:40 pm

Yeah, Chemyst, I'm not the most creative person in the world, am I? Rather boring, in fact. I suppose I am just inspired by cartoons!

And here's my very favorite Bloom County quote -- if ya don't recognize this one, (or if you don't have a Turnip Twaddler in your kitchen utensil drawer) then you're no Berkeley Breathed fan:

Pear Pimples For Hairy Fishnuts??!!! (insert smilie that is rolling on the floor laughing here....)

(If you go to Berke Breathed's website, he lists his own personal favorite BC strips, and this was one of them!)

Edit: Don't worry, fbv, I'll change it back as soon as my "comic strip fervor" has passed...


Marè - Jun 29, 2005 6:11 pm (#1005 of 2963)

Mare, I hate to sound totally "out of it", but can you explain "pink" to this dumb southerner?

LOL, pink is just.. pink. Not green, not blue but pink. I'll try to explain better. I know that while walking in Disneyland, you have to think yourself in another world, but I found the lack of natural colours a bit disturbing. I don't need to think myself in plasticland!
I know that it must have been hard to find a piece of land near Paris big enough to build a themepark on. So Disneyland Paris is not too big. It is a bit crammed. It lacks some plant growth and places were you aren't surrounded by food and giftshops. The frontier land is completely orange, and I found the rest of the park pink. Mainly due to the castle, which is... pink! (you guessed it.)
Apparently this is because all castles have to be a bit different, because they are the park’s main face, but the European one had to be most different, because the original castle Walt had use as a blueprint for the first one he build is relatively close somewhere in Germany. Or something like that....

Madam Pince, Love the avatar!
And as for Narnia, several versions! Oh my, I just hope to find one!
We only have one of the books of the series at home. It's my brothers but I confiscated it years ago. I loved the cover art, unfortunately it's an old edition and they don't print those anymore, or else I wouldn't have mind buying a translated version:

So I have to take care to read the books in non order... That will be a first! Edit: no it isn't, Star Wars is also better in non chronological order!


Madam Pince - Jun 29, 2005 6:36 pm (#1006 of 2963)

Mare, the avatar is just for you! I couldn't find a pic with the knot in his tail, though....

I love the Narnia book cover! I can't read Dutch, but that looks like it must be "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" right? Ah, Reepicheep....

Mrs. Sirius, you have inspired me. I just went downstairs and got out the BBC videotape "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." I've had all three sets of videos for years, but if you can believe it, I have never watched them yet. So now they're on! Yay! Baby Pince is entranced (who am I kidding -- so am I!)


Puck - Jun 29, 2005 6:50 pm (#1007 of 2963)

Madame Pince, I must ask, does your boy know you refer to him as "baby"? I ask because if I call my almost 3 year old that I get "I'm NOT a baby!"

I remember reading all those comics every Sunday, saving Calvin for last, because he was my favorite at the time. Now, on Sunday I save Baby Blues until last. I guess I relate to a family with 3 young children. (Or I will in about 2 1/2 months, anyway.)

Must get sleep. Been up since 3am with a sick child, and I actually managed to get some housework done today. That piled of junk in the loft has finally been cleaned! Come to find out, there IS a floor up there!



I Am Used Vlad - Jun 29, 2005 7:42 pm (#1008 of 2963)

I always liked when Calvin made snow men. They were some of the funniest ones.


Viola Intonada - Jun 29, 2005 8:06 pm (#1009 of 2963)

Mare, I have to agree with you and the bit "pink" of Disneyland Paris. Luckily I was there at Halloween and most of the park was decked out in orange. I enjoyed it more than the American parks because the lines were shorter.

To anyone wanting the "Chronicles of Narnia", I highly recommend finding someone with children in a US school. I purchased the entire set for under $20 US from the Scholastic Book Club at my children's school. Unfortunately, we are out of school now and I won't be able to order again until September.

I do vaguely remember an attempt to put "The Far Side" on TV. It didn't last long though.

Only two more weeks to decide which book store is going to have the best release party!!! There are too many to choose from, which is a good thing.


Stephanie M. - Jun 29, 2005 8:09 pm (#1010 of 2963)

I like to contain my emotions, because if they were unbottled, well… things might get a little hectic. And then I'd have to go into everything I learn on this site which would take a pretty long time.—Fbv

Hahaha! I know when you get excited or passionate about things Finn!

I haven't been on the forum for like 40 hours, so I kinda just skimmed through the posts.

Happy Birthday to everyone!!! Good Luck to everyone and Best wishes everyone!!! (Everyone deserves good luck and good wishes even if nothing big is happening in your life


Marie E. - Jun 29, 2005 9:42 pm (#1011 of 2963)

My favorite "Far Side" cartoon is the Inconvenience Store, where the shelves are all too high to reach.

Blessedly cool today, only 85.


Elanor - Jun 29, 2005 9:52 pm (#1012 of 2963)

Happy birthday Jim, Thomas and Fleur!

And, as it is already the 30th here, I think I can wish a wonderful birthday to Solitaire as well!

Marie, "blessedly cool" describes perfectly yesterday here too since rain finally came: it was about 38°C/101°F the day before and a lovely 25°C/77°F yesterday! It was like breathing again, though the rain on the so warm soil made us feel as if we were in a sauna! It should be cool today as well.

Marè: yes, only a month now before Accio! I can't wait!

Have a great night/day everybody!


TwinklingBlueEyes      - Jun 29, 2005 10:04 pm (#1013 of 2963)


Don't worry, fbv, I'll change it back as soon as my "comic strip fervor" has passed... (we all hope that never happens to any of us!)

Have been a Far Side fan _ _, insert number of years, might be a prize!

...toddles off into another day...


Solitaire - Jun 29, 2005 10:32 pm (#1014 of 2963)

Thank you, Elanor and TBE! Elanor, you have the honor of being the first to wish me Happy Birthday ... and Twinkles, you are the second! Thank you very much!



Cornelia - Jun 29, 2005 11:43 pm (#1015 of 2963)

Hi everybody!

First, Happy (belated) Birthday to everybody I missed!

I´m quite busy right now, summer here is packed with partys, meetings, family visits and so on. I have the feeling I´m just running from one event to another...

Amilia "The Cat in the Hat" is published here in a dual language version, English and Russian, maybe you can find it in the Internet somewhere? The press says, it´s translated very good, the rhyme-scheme is the same.


Snuffles - Jun 30, 2005 12:20 am (#1016 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Solitaire! Hope you have a good one!


dizzy lizzy - Jun 30, 2005 12:23 am (#1017 of 2963)

Happy birthday Solitaire. Hope you are able to enjoy day today!



The giant squid - Jun 30, 2005 1:57 am (#1018 of 2963)

Ah, "pear pimples for Hairy Fishnuts?" I also enjoyed Opus' nightmare with the fast food guy chasing him & singing, "McPenguin burger,extra lettuce/Special orders don't upset us." And, of course, anything involving Bill the Cat.

Oop! Ack!


Catherine - Jun 30, 2005 4:56 am (#1019 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Solitaire!


T Brightwater - Jun 30, 2005 5:29 am (#1020 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Solitaire! By the way, where in California do you live? I'll be there for a few days in September (San Luis Obispo & LA).

(Congrats to Barbie on The Cake, and happy belated birthdays & anniversaries to everyone I missed...)

Oh, don't get me started on "The Far Side," but one of my many favorites is "Dogs on their way to work" - busy street with cars, taxis, buses, all driven by and full of dogs, every one of which has its head out the window.


Loopy Lupin - Jun 30, 2005 5:59 am (#1021 of 2963)

Berke Breathed's follow-up attempts just never felt the same... – Mike

I generally agree there. Breathed is currently running "Opus" on Sundays. It's a new strip but not carried in all newspapers and contains some of the old Bloom County crowd. Opus and Bill the Cat are back and so is Steve Dallas. Dallas has learned, among other things, that he has a son. Recently, the newspaper editor showed up again too. ("Run that baby!")

Anyway, although it is just not the same as BC, there have been some flashes of the old brilliance. In one strip, Opus is recruited by some town elders to join in the war against teenage boys, more specifically teenage boys' style of wearing their trousers. The battle plan was to force them to pull up their jeans and the battle cry was "WE HIKE THEIR PANTS AT DAWN!" I went into hysterics when I read that and made as many people as I could read it. My nephews even sometimes shout this motto if we drive past some kid with his pants cinched at the knees.

Breathed does have a site for this new strip, but while it is in its infancy stages, he's not posting the actual strips themselves.

Anyway, guess what? Tomorrow it will be JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hehehehhehe. I need to lay down.


Marie E. - Jun 30, 2005 6:04 am (#1022 of 2963)

We get the new "Opus" comic here on Sundays and I agree with Loopy in that it's "okay" with flashes of the old BC brilliance. I must have missed the "Hike their pants" strip and am heartily sorry.

Since I mentioned it earlier I wanted to let you all know that my cat, Samantha, passed away last night. I knew it was coming but it's sad nonetheless. You can email me (click on my name for address) if you want to comment on it further. Thanks for all your support these past couple of weeks. Tonight I'll chase a moth in her honor.


Thora - Jun 30, 2005 6:25 am (#1023 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Solitaire!

Mare, do you ebay? There are a few boxed sets of The Chronicals of Narnia that will end in about 5 hours and they are reasonably priced.

I really need to re-read them, it's been about 15 years.... my husband inquired what they were about and I told him they were gernerally regarded as fantasy, but most people miss the religious symbolisms... at which point he stopped listening. It's a good thing HP is rather religion free or I'd have never got him to like it, sigh.

I've read a good deal of the Wheel of Time, but with as depressing as the last one I read was I don't think I'll read the rest. Now, before you all flame me for not liking depressing things please bear in mind that I get moody whenever I read a book because my mind gets completely sucked into it. I get very involved in my books (family trait) so I have to be selective in what I read or it can negativly effect my family and life. Being a good mom is hard work, and it requires sacrifices.

Anyway... I did the house point holders for my party. I'll post pics in a bit.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 30, 2005 6:39 am (#1024 of 2963)

The battle plan was to force them to pull up their jeans and the battle cry was "WE HIKE THEIR PANTS AT DAWN!"---Loopy Lupin

I have a theory that kids who wear their pants like this must be very honest. 'Cause when you think of it, how could you snatch a purse and take off at a full run when your crotch is at your knees? The best you could do is take off at a fast shuffle.

Tonight I'll chase a moth in her honor.---Marie E.

What a lovely tribute.

I purchased the entire set for under $20 US from the Scholastic Book Club at my children's school.---Viola Intonada

D'oh! (I'll comfort myself with the knowledge that I got the full-color collector's edition. But still...$20. That stings.)

Happy Birthday Solitaire. I wonder if Jane Seymour knows.


Ydnam96 - Jun 30, 2005 7:53 am (#1025 of 2963)

Solitaire Happy Birthday!!!!!! (I think I may be late now- who is the wonderful person who keeps track of all the birthdays? That's quite a feat).

Marie E. hugs to you and your family.

Chronicles of Narnia-favorites of mine. My sister bought me a paperback set in a box for my birthday several years ago. They get a lot of use. Can't wait for the movies.

Just watching a documentary on The Endurance. WOW. Have any of you seen this documentary or heard the story. It's amazing. I also watched Ms. Congeniatlity 2 which was cute and uplifting. (gotta do something to keep busy for the next 16 days)

Happy Thursday


Catherine - Jun 30, 2005 7:55 am (#1026 of 2963)

We hike their pants at dawn!

I will now say this when I spy the saggy pants. Pant-hikers, unite!

Speaking of societal betterment, I had a rather annoying incident this morning. I took Mr. Catherine out for a late breakfast at this new tea shop in town. We had a table right by the window, surrounded by books and the tea was steeping and we were chatting. Then this woman comes in, talking loudly on her cell phone, and, even with dozens of other tables to choose from, sits right next to us. Not only did she talk constantly and loudly, we could hear the other person through the phone.

She continued to blab for the next 30 minutes while we finished our breakfast. The wide-eyed glares did not persuade her to take her phone conversation elsewhere. Mr. Catherine refused to move (on principle that she was the rude one), and anyway, she was so loud that she could be heard throughout the shop.

Pass the cold compress, Loopy.

Marie, I'm sending lots of moths your way so you can honor Samantha.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 30, 2005 7:59 am (#1027 of 2963)

She continued to blab for the next 30 minutes while we finished our breakfast. The wide-eyed glares did not persuade her to take her phone conversation elsewhere.---Catherine

Methinks you were too subtle. A little Yankee directness was sorely needed.


Catherine - Jun 30, 2005 8:31 am (#1028 of 2963)

Methinks you were too subtle. A little Yankee directness was sorely needed. --Lupin is Lupin

Well, I did strongly consider whupping her upside the head with my handbag, but I thought that was a little too direct.

Now, if Claire had been sitting there with us, she would have said in a loud voice, "Mommy, why is that lady talking so loud and talking about boring stuff?" Hayley would have said, "Mommy, is that lady being really rude, or just a little bit rude?"

Alas, I think my kids could have taken care of that problem!


Denise P. - Jun 30, 2005 9:55 am (#1029 of 2963)

I really don't like inconsiderate cell phone users. If I am in public place, I excuse myself to someplace a little less public. Generally, I tell whoever that I can't speak and will call back. I don't want people listening to me, what makes them think I want to listen to them?

Woo hoo! My anniversary present came today!! I am now the proud owner of a laptop with wireless capability. This means I can embody the height of laziness by sitting on the deck with a cool glass of ice water while the kids swim AND be on the Lexicon Forum at the same time!


Phoenix song - Jun 30, 2005 10:10 am (#1030 of 2963)

Hello everybody! I'm just dropping in to say "hi" and to show the pictures that I promised of that awful cake. The pictures didn't show the cake details very well, I'm afraid, as there was so much white on this cake that it was hard to photograph! I have the pictures located on my personal introduction.



KWeldon - Jun 30, 2005 10:12 am (#1031 of 2963)

Barbie, why would you call the cake awful? I think it looks fabulous! I hope the bride was appreciative.

Your kids are precious! Your daughters must have LOVED wearing those fancy dresses.


Catherine - Jun 30, 2005 10:17 am (#1032 of 2963)

Barbie, the cake is lovely, but your kids are beautiful in their wedding clothes.

Denise, woo hoo for wireless and laziness! What an excellent gift.


Denise P. - Jun 30, 2005 10:20 am (#1033 of 2963)

Barbie, that cake is gorgeous! There is nothing awful about it...except maybe if someone actually tried to eat a piece of the bottom layer. I hope the bride realized all the time, effort and work you put in to help make her day special. You did a fabulous job and your kids look cute.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 30, 2005 10:32 am (#1034 of 2963)

Denise, enjoy the pool and the laptop.

Barbie, the cake is lovely. I think you should now seek refuge from any further labors and relax.


Ydnam96 - Jun 30, 2005 10:34 am (#1035 of 2963)

Barbie, that is a wonderful cake! You did a superb job, and your children look adorable. Do you have pictures of the pecan pie cake? I'd love to see that

Denise that sounds like a great anniversary present. Congrats! Yay for being lazy.


Madam Pince - Jun 30, 2005 10:48 am (#1036 of 2963)

Barbie, you made a beautiful cake, and you made some beautiful kids, as well! Excellent job on all four!

Congrats on the new computer, Denise! That sounds excellent -- to be able to sit poolside and watch the kids and Forum-surf, all at the same time. True multi-tasking at its finest! You deserve it!

Happy Birthday, Solitaire! Have a wonderful day!

I really enjoyed last night's viewing of the BBC video of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." I thought it was really very well done (considering the year it was made and a clearly limited special-effects budget), and it was very true to the original book which is always a major point. A neat plus was the little insert booklet which came with it and included a Narnia timeline, comments by the director, an outline of all four of the videos, etc. Nice touch!

In doing some Internet surfing last night, I came across a mention of a "Far Side" video -- apparently they did do some sort of animated thing at least once then. I never saw it though.

Puck, Baby Pince is clueless as to what I call him on the Forum. He just refers to what I do so much of as "clicking" (as in "Mama, stop clicking and come over here to look at my train!") He probably wouldn't like it, though, as I get the Not-A-Baby reply fairly often, too. I don't know what else to call him on here, though -- I started posting about two years ago and so called him that, and now I guess it's just easier because everybody "knows" him by that name, now. Besides, "Boy Pince" sounds too much like a member of some band that needs to have their pants hiked up.

I was thinking of another favorite Calvin & Hobbes cartoon today (boy, I've been giving Nostalgia Lane a long hike in the last twelve hours): Mom and Dad are sitting at the breakfast table sipping coffee and contemplating Calvin, who has just done something outrageous. He is looking at them and saying "Why do you two always look at me like that?" Then after he leaves, Mom looks at Dad and says "Don't blame me! I wanted to get a dog, but nooooooo...."

Speaking of which, Baby Pince just wandered into the room and asked "Mom, can you get me a napkin so I can clean up that mess?"

Uh-oh. What mess? Better go.... ****Ack!***


Loopy Lupin - Jun 30, 2005 10:48 am (#1037 of 2963)

Barbie, that cake is certainly an accomplishment. I hope Bridezilla appreciated it. Very cute kids too. I'm glad the 20 pound, ceramic, lead lined topper didn't fall over on the children while that picture was taken. I'd guess it wasn't very likely that there was any place for them to take refuge from an attack by a toppling wedding cake.

Catherine, you will just have to wait until I'm through with the cold compress. I think that I-Pods, portable cd players, and the like should come with detachable speakers that produce a lot of sound. That way one could just play very loud music to entertain oneself during a cell phone abusers conversation. Alternatively, we could all just carry laser pointers and blind them on the spot in mid-sentence.



T Brightwater - Jun 30, 2005 10:50 am (#1038 of 2963)

Barbie, the cake is splendid, and I'll bet you're really glad to be through with it. I call something like that a Raven - "Nevermore." By the way, if you find the person responsible for sending your weather to the Great Lakes area, would you ask them kindly to stop? :-)

My in-laws are visiting this weekend; I guess I'd better stop procrastinating and get some cleaning done.


Stephanie M. - Jun 30, 2005 11:15 am (#1039 of 2963)

Barbie your kids are beautiful!!! And so is the cake!!!! It's amazing!!!! OOO now I want cake! OOO and Ice cream!


Solitaire - Jun 30, 2005 11:17 am (#1040 of 2963)

Thank you, everyone, for the birthday wishes! It has been extraordinarily cool for the area and the time of year this year. Unfortunately, it looks like I have the dubious "honor" of celebrating on the first over-100-degree day of the year. Some honor!

T Brightwater, San Luis Obispo is one of my favorite cities in the world. I actually spent a whole year in SLO in the Stone Age, when I attended Cal Poly. Now I am back in my hometown of Bakersfield, which is about 2 hours east of SLO and about 2 hours (once upon a time) north of Los Angeles. I will be in Morro Bay for the first week in August, but it will probably be mid-November before I hit LA again (our annual 7th grade field trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and someone else drives ).

Lupin is Lupin, I thought about that last night while I was watching a special on Bond girls. Again, thanks, everyone!



VeronikaG - Jun 30, 2005 11:54 am (#1041 of 2963)

My favourite comics of all times are Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield (really), Peanuts and Winnie the Pooh! I love C&H for the same reasons as everyone else, Garfield for being utterly silly, Peanuts for all the personalities that constantly clash and Pooh for the special magic it made me feel when reading it as a kid. I'd pretend our garden was 100 acre woods and that Pooh and friends lived in our trees. Even had my dad make signs to put in the trees so we could see who lived where. *Goes all nostalgic* I also like the Norwegain comic Pondus. Pondus means beer belly in No. It's about a chubby little dude who loves football -soccer- and who has a stupid friend, Jokke, who always hit on ladies. And get hit. Litterally. It's lovely wicked in it's way of portraying people.

Someone (Kim?) asked what Wheel of Time was about. Well, i didn't see anybody answer, so here it goes:

It's a good vs evil story that rembles Lord of the Rings, but it's in an easier style, has more women (LOL) and is, uhm.. longer. Rand al'Thor, an 18-19 years old boy lives with his dad in a small village far from anything. He has few worries in life. Then one day a mysterious, beautiful woman comes to the village. She's an Aes Sedai, a woman who can channel the One Power. (Like the Force in SW almost.) The same night the village is attacked by huge monsters, and Moiraine, the Aes Sedai, takes Rand and three of his friends out of the village. She tells them they have the gift to make destiny form around them, and will be important in the last battle between good and evil. Rand discover he's destined to be the saviour of the world. Only problem is, he's the reincarnation of the most feared man in history, Lews Therin Telamon - the Dragon, the man who destroyed the world once. And from there it gets complicated.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 30, 2005 12:05 pm (#1042 of 2963)

Someone (Kim?) asked what Wheel of Time was about. Well, i didn't see anybody answer, so here it goes:---VeronikaG

That was me. Thank you Veronika. Girl power vs. length. Hmmmm, I'll have to weigh the benefits. (I didn't think anything could be longer than LoTR. )


VeronikaG - Jun 30, 2005 12:18 pm (#1043 of 2963)

HP is longer if you add up all the books. WoT is 10 books so far, plus a prequel. There are two more books and two more prequels coming as well. We need more WoT fans out there anyway, so when you're through HBP you should look for "Eye of the World" the first WoT book.


Accio Sirius - Jun 30, 2005 2:05 pm (#1044 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jun 30, 2005 2:06 pm

Okay. This is going to sound really stupid, but I know I pre-ordered the HBP. I just can't remember where. I'm assuming someone will send me a notice a few days before, right? Worst that could happen is that I end up with two copies since I plan on going to the release party at the local book store. My daughter and I have a Harry Potter-themed tea the next day too so we are set to celebrate. Just wish I hadn't pulled a Neville!

Happy Birthday Solitaire. I have friends in Santa Maria and when we visit, we also do San Luis Obispo and Los Olivos, which is a really cute town that was featured in Sideways. There is also a great place called the Madonna Inn somewhere around there. Some of the rooms are carved out of rock, as are the bathrooms. We stayed in the "jungle room" which had a leopard print theme. It was like staying with the Flintstones. It was gloriously tacky. The dining room looked like the inside of Jeannie's bottle. It's worth a stop if clashing patterns don't bother you. According to my DH, the men's room is a must.


Marè - Jun 30, 2005 2:09 pm (#1045 of 2963)

Happy belated birthday to solitaire!

And Thora thanks for the ebay tip, unfortunately I don't ebay due to lack of creditcard. Being a student without much income I don't qualify. I use my dads to book vacations and stuff (and pay for forums...) but I'm not sure if it was appreciated if I used it to buy more...

A neat plus was the little insert booklet which came with it and included a Narnia timeline, comments by the director, an outline of all four of the videos, etc. Nice touch!

Which reminds that I have a very cool map of Narnia. The publisher had some kind of action promoting the release of the seventh book and I actually wrote to ask for all the titles and the correct reading order. They never answered that question but I did get the spiffy map.

As for comics, I like Ozy and Millie which is an internet comic and I always borrow my brothers Calvin and Hobbes...

As for Winnie the Pooh, every time I go to the bookstore there is this huge edition with collected stories and original drawings sitting on the shelf... It's just so expensive...


T Brightwater - Jun 30, 2005 2:24 pm (#1046 of 2963)

According to my DH, the men's room is a must.

Accio Sirius, you must be in the American League...

(apologies to forumers outside North America for baseball joke)


Phoenix song - Jun 30, 2005 2:47 pm (#1047 of 2963)

Thanks so much to everybody for their sincere compliments on the wedding cake and on my children. I am very glad to have this chapter of my life over with so that I can move on to better things.

Thanks so much!


Lina - Jun 30, 2005 2:54 pm (#1048 of 2963)

Happy birthday, Solitaire!

Marie E., sorry about Samantha.

Catherine, the person who destroyed your wonderful breakfast, was probably with a bad hearing, the thought is supported by a cellular phone set up at very loud. I had a professor with a bad hearing and he was just not able to talk law. And was teaching one of the most difficult subjects. So, scared of the difficult subject, when I was taking the exam, every time he would make a question yelling, I felt like hiding under the table.

Great anniversary present, Denise!

Oh, beautiful pictures, Barbie! The cake is great! Too bad I'm married already. And the kids are the real blessing!


The giant squid - Jun 30, 2005 3:00 pm (#1049 of 2963)

My favorite Calvin & Hobbes strip has him building up to a huge sneeze, but when it finally happens, all we get is a tiny *achoo*--one of those little girly sneezes. He turns to Hobbes and explains, "I'm trying to see if I can blow my shoes off." Hmm...doesn't seem that funny written out like that, I guess you had to be there.

Marie, excellent choice of tribute for Samantha. Maybe you could get Mr. E. to toss some bottle caps for you, too.

Barbie, the cake looked fabulous! I don't know about anyone else, but I was able to make out plenty of detail in your pics. The kids are certainly cute as well--the one on the left reminds me of my youngest niece (Marie E.'s daughter) at my wedding with her "Look at my pretty dress!" attitude.

I detest people who force me to share their cell phone conversations. I don't have a cell phone, don't need a cell phone, and I find it difficult to understand these people who think they do. Are they helpful? Of course. Convenient? Without question. Utterly necessary and vital to life as we know it? Hardly. Turn the darn thing off when you're in a public place, especially a movie theater (y'all knew I'd be getting to that eventually, didn't you? ). Unless you're a doctor on call or the President of the United States (insert your nations leader here) there's no excuse for interrupting everyone else's dinner with your inane chatter. Okay, rant over...I just get annoyed at these 14-year-old kids blathering on as if their conversation has some sort of meaning to me.

Loopy, when we hike their pants, let's re-freq their cell phones, too!



Phoenix song - Jun 30, 2005 3:17 pm (#1050 of 2963)

Thanks Lina and Mike! I appreciate it very much! Yes, both girls were quite pleased to dress up as "Princesses" that day. Tell Marie that I think her daughter is adorable!

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Thora - Jun 30, 2005 3:18 pm (#1051 of 2963)

Okay showing my stupidity here, but where do I click for Barbie's Personal Introduction so I can see the cake? I really want to see it.



Lina - Jun 30, 2005 3:20 pm (#1052 of 2963)

You click on her name, or anybody's name if you want to know something more about the person, provided that the person wrote something about their self.


Catherine - Jun 30, 2005 3:22 pm (#1053 of 2963)


To see Barbie's cake and VERY cute kids, click on her blue underlined name, and this will bring up her personal profile.

Enjoy! Barbie did an amazing job on the cake, and her kids' photos are an added bonus.

EDIT: Lina already explained. Alas, she's too quick for me.


Denise P. - Jun 30, 2005 3:23 pm (#1054 of 2963)

Mike, I agree on the cell phone front. They are a handy toy to have but not necessary. I made it many years without being able to call from the store to ask if there was anything Mr. Denise needed before I went to the checkout. Let's not even go into the camera phones. My 12 year thinks he needs a cell phone. I think he needs a job in a few years to pay for a cell phone himself if he wants it that badly.


Marè - Jun 30, 2005 3:43 pm (#1055 of 2963)

I forgot: Thora, I like your avatar (Hufflepuff rules!) and Barbie, is the entire lower section foam, or just one of the two layers (if you get my meaning..?) Cake looks delicious (was there anything left?)


Finn BV - Jun 30, 2005 4:13 pm (#1056 of 2963)

I'm with Thora, I know you click on the person's name or their avatar to get their introduction, but I think the pictures are gone. Stephanie M. says they are too (I just emailed her to ask her.)

Anyway, great day in tennis today, I hit a volley, and won the point, but the point is that I had to dive and I hit the ground! It was very exciting. I don't know if I portrayed that so well, but it was definitely well worth it. You feel accomplished that you could do such a thing – hit a diving volley.

Denise, have fun with the laptop. Just be warned: wherever you go make sure you also have wireless connection! All the TV ads aren't joking, you really won't be able to live without it once you get the high speed connection. At least I got some signals on the trip I just took (thanks to some free Airport service hotels) but last year when I went to my grandparents' house in Canada for two weeks (on the Niagara River - gorgeous) I was just kind of stunned every time I opened up the Internet browser and "The server could not be found"…

Well, I unite with those against loud cell phone people (especially in a crowded place, especially when they're right next to you) and pant-saggers. I mean, would you like me to make the call? Would you like me to hand you the belt? Lina, you kind intentions towards the woman Catherine met were very sweet, but I'm afraid that 99 times out of 100 they don't come like that. Most of the time loud cell phone users simply talk loud because they feel they are the most important people in the world and must make sure that they are heard by the person on the other line. However, some times (and I apologize to those who have to do this) the phone's signal is so weak or the phone is so bad that the person on the other line really can't hear them and they have to talk loud.

Solitaire, have a good one (or rather, I hope you had a good one). Where's boop with the daily birthdays? We might have to fire her…


Penny Lane. - Jun 30, 2005 4:31 pm (#1057 of 2963)

Wow, I don't check in for like half a day and I have tons of posts! I was keeping up so well after I marked everything as new and just kept hitting "read new".

Marie: I'm really sorry about the kitty. I think chasing a moth would be a great tribute. As for having Mr. Marie E throw Bottlecaps around for you to chase.. Well, there's an image that I don't really want to think about again. Razz

fvb807 - way to go on that volley! I remember the excitement when I learned how to do that, way back in 6th grade or so... I guess it's comparable to the way that Harry felt the first time he picked up that broomstick and went speeding off towards that Rememberall. It's a wonderful feeling - beeing engrossed in the game. *sigh* How I miss HS sports at times.

Wait, what am I talking about? I thought I hated High School. Were my parents right about "High School being the best time of your life"??? Noooooooooooo *throws self on ground*

Happy Birthday Solitaire!!!!!

Did I miss anyone? I dislike cell phones as well, and don't have one. I wouldn't mind a T-Mobile Sidekick though, I had a phone back when I worked at the newspaper and it was very convenient, if expensive.

Oh, Barbie - great cake. It's so pretty, I wouldn't want to eat any of it, ever. Can you do my wedding? I'll let you know when I find some stuff like a date, location, groom, etc.


Stephanie M. - Jun 30, 2005 4:33 pm (#1058 of 2963)

Anyway, great day in tennis today, I hit a volley, and won the point, but the point is that I had to dive and I hit the ground! It was very exciting. I don't know if I portrayed that so well, but it was definitely well worth it. You feel accomplished that you could do such a thing – hit a diving volley.---Finn

I really, really hope you played on grass! I got a very painful image in my head of you diving and sliding against the ground. (on a hard court and in my head it was a blue court. Curious! Very Curious!)

Did anyone watch any Wimbledon today? I really like the name Sharapova. I want her to win because of her name. (she lost to Venus though) But for women that I want to win (regardless of cool names) I would want Serena William to win. Then I want Roger Federer to win for the male draw. (Did I spell all of the names right? Feel free to correct me if I messed it up.)


Finn BV - Jun 30, 2005 4:50 pm (#1059 of 2963)

Steph, it was a clay court. So not as hard as a hard court. But I did dive once on a hard court. I lost my breath for about 15 seconds. Ow.

Anyway, Serena is out of the tournament. Venus is in the finals and will face either Lindsay Davenport or Amelie Mauresmo (the match was suspended for rain ).

Catherine, I meant, where is boop to tell us all the birthdays? She's shown up for the past two days but not today. Suspicious… (Interestingly, she was also the first person I chatted with.)

Ok, late for dinner. Adios!


Madam Pince - Jun 30, 2005 5:32 pm (#1060 of 2963)

Congrats on the great tennis shot, fbv! That must've felt so exhil.. exheler... exhiler... Wow, I'll bet that felt great!


I Am Used Vlad - Jun 30, 2005 5:45 pm (#1061 of 2963)

Squid mike, I thought I was the only person on earth who still does not have a cell phone. It's nice to know there are other hold-outs. I'll probably break down and get one eventually, though. I never owned a computer until about three years ago, and now I don't think I could live without one(the forum has a lot to do with this).


Marie E. - Jun 30, 2005 6:11 pm (#1062 of 2963)

I just recently got a cell phone, but only because a friend gave me the phone. She and her ex-fiance had a cell phone plan together and I'm reaping the rewards of their misfortune. I thought I desperately needed a cell, but I admit I haven't used it much.

Barbie, the cake looks wonderful! And I admit that in all of giant squid's wedding pictures my youngest has that "I'm a princess" look on her face.

My favorite Calvin and Hobbes comic strips were the ones where he was Tracer Bullet, private eye.


Thora - Jun 30, 2005 6:34 pm (#1063 of 2963)

Yay it loaded the pictures this time! The cake is beautiful Barbie! Your kids are so cute.

How on earth DO you get the icing so flat?

Thora the amazed


Phoenix song - Jun 30, 2005 6:55 pm (#1064 of 2963)

Thora, it takes practice to get the icing so smooth! No, actually if you'll ice the cake with a thick layer of buttercream icing and leave it on the counter for around 20 minutes, the icing will dry or "crust" a little bit. It will then be easier to work with. Then get a piece of parchment paper (like what you bake with, not what you write on) and lightly place it on the cake, patting the icing and gently smoothing out any rough edges. If there are any stubborn spots on the icing, dust your clean fingers with a little bit of corn starch and try to smooth those spots that way. It works!

Mare, if you'll notice in the picture, each "tiered section" is actually 2 different sized cakes that each consist of 4 layers of cake. So the bottom, largest sized cake, is the styrofoam part. It was the 14-inch section. The one right on top of it is real cake, the 12-inch section. And no, amazingly enough, there was NO leftovers. I'm sure that the bride's been upset about it. I was sure that there would be plenty left over cake. It should have fed well over 300 people, and there was only around 125 people at the reception. What I didn't count on is that there were some people that went back for their third piece (large pieces at that!) of cake. I've maintained all along that the all-white cake might not be pretty, but that it would taste good! I suppose that it was better than average by the response.

The groom had to rush the table in order to "save" himself one of the pecan pies. They were a hit as well. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the "Mini-pecan pie Groom's cake" yet.

I'm sure that a member of the family has it, but a few days before the wedding my husband's grandmother was admitted to the hospital. She wasn't able to attend the wedding, and it threw us all off-balance. So my plans with regards to picture-taking were put into a spin. Their grandmother was released from the hospital today to go home, but they only expect her to live for another 10 days or so.

Penny, let me know when you get together all of the pertinent details on the wedding: groom, date, place, etc. Hopefully by then I'll be sufficiently recovered!

Again, thanks for all of the support and encouragement. If you ever need any cake tips you should just send me an owl!


P.S. Marie E., maybe our two princesses should get together sometimes to compare their dresses! The daughter that we're speaking of has gone to great lengths to tell everybody that she sees, regardless of whether she's ever met them before, that she owns a "pretty princess" dress from her uncle's wedding!


Finn BV - Jun 30, 2005 7:01 pm (#1065 of 2963)

All right, the pics loaded for me too. Maybe I was just too impatient…

Barbie, congrats on what looks like a very tasty wedding (pun intended). I'm sure everything paid off, and that your work was much appreciated. It sure is here!

LOL, Madam Pince. That was how I felt when I hit it too.


Chemyst - Jun 30, 2005 7:39 pm (#1066 of 2963)

Solitaire - Happy Birthday

Phoenix Song - a lovely cake. But the sweetest picture was your son's tucked vest; he looks like he's all boy, even in fancy garb.

The Squid, on cell phones, "Utterly necessary and vital to life as we know it? Hardly."
Mike, I would venture to say that life as you know it does not include teenagers who are out alone after dark and driving their cars that are older than they are. If that were the life you knew, you'd be saying a well-charged cell phone in their hand is better than tranquilizers in mine.


Amilia Smith - Jun 30, 2005 7:40 pm (#1067 of 2963)

Cornelia: Thanks for the Cat in the Hat tip. I couldn't find it on a quick Google search, but will keep looking. I did find an International Children's Digital Library site, though, and they have 5 Russian titles, one of which is also in English.

Barbie: Congratulations on a beautiful cake.

Cell Phones: I gave in and bought one about 2 years ago after a disastrous trip to Denver for a dance competition killed my car. It is now my only phone as it is cheaper than getting a home phone. However, I usually treat it like a home phone, and leave it home. This leads to people never being able to get a hold of me, but I wouldn't be able to answer in the Library anyway, which is where I spend all my time lately.

Well, tomorrow is the last day of my class, so I better go write those article reviews I've been putting off . . .



Madam Pince - Jun 30, 2005 8:22 pm (#1068 of 2963)

One major point about having a cell phone these days is that there seem to be no more pay phones anywhere about. It used to be that you could stop at any gas station or 7-11 to use a pay phone, but now that cell phones are everywhere, the maintenance and hassle of dealing with vandalism, etc. has caused the owners of pay phones to decide that it's just not worth it. I understand that most schools don't even have a pay phone anywhere around anymore. So if you're out somewhere and need to make a call, you almost have to have a cell. I have one, but it's big and clunky and old and outdated. It fulfills the basic function of making an emergency call when needed, though, and so I see absolutely no point to spending a lot of money to have a new, fancy-dancy phone with games and a camera and all that other hoo-ha on it.

Barbie, sorry to hear about the illness in your family. I'll be thinking of you.

Mills, are you finding time away from school and classes to do some island sightseeing? What have you seen so far? ***is so jealous of Mills being able to eat fresh pineapple every day!***


lemonbalm&bees - Jun 30, 2005 8:31 pm (#1069 of 2963)

Playing forum catch-up. Here goes:

Ha ha… Disney movies… When I was about five years old, strangers would approach my mom and I in public and coo things like “Oh, what a pretty little girl! What’s your name?” And I would reply “Cinderella Alice,” of course, my two favorite Disney heroines. People would look at my mom wondering what sort of a lunatic she was to have named her child that! And of course, I can quote the first twenty minutes of Aladdin almost word for word…

You know, some friends in high school recommended Wheel of Time to me, and I read and enjoyed the first three. (I was very excited about getting to the book named for a horn, as that is my instrument…) They were quite good reads, but I got sidetracked by other reading material and never continued the series. (I’m sure you all, of all people, can understand this) And, yes, Thora, I get sucked into my books, too. I almost…become them. I find that the Chronicles of Narnia is a series that one reads because a good friend has recommended it. And a good friend, of course, would naturally advise you to begin with the second book.

Oh my goodness! That is one tall cake! Looks like… fresh snow… The kind of cake that Mary Ingalls would refuse to eat and Laura would gobble up in seconds.

I remember my family’s first “car phone.” It was just like a normal phone that plugged into the cigarette lighter… cord and all. As I live away from my family and change residences every year, it is cheaper and more convenient not to have a house line and to rely solely on my cell phone. Oh, but that thing is often on silent. I refuse to become just another cell phone snob!

Well, I had a very recreationally active day. I played racquetball (attempting to conquer my shyness of rapidly flying balls and indeed athletics of any sort) with a friend. Then we went to explore one of the city’s oldest graveyards. (please don’t think I’m creepy: there’s quite a lot of interesting history to be found in those old places. We are lucky enough to have both Union and Confederate soldiers’ graves… on opposite sides of the graveyard, of course…) And then rounded the day off with 18 holes of mini golf with the boyfriend and his rock band. Now I will prop my feet up and read some Hitchhiker’s Guide before falling asleep!


Amilia Smith - Jun 30, 2005 8:38 pm (#1070 of 2963)
Edited Jun 30, 2005 9:34 pm

Mills, are you finding time away from school and classes to do some island sightseeing? What have you seen so far?

Well, I go to Waikiki and Ala Moana quite often as they are within biking distance. I have also been to the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Arizona Memorial, and the North Shore. Have also accidentally taken a Grand Tour of the Island by getting on the bus going the wrong direction. (Note: Always ask the bus driver if he is going where you are going before you get on. Especially if you are tired, hungry, or other wise mentally incapacitated.) This weekend, I will be going up to Laie. One of my neighbors from Utah does stain glass windows, and he is here in Hawaii redoing the windows for the LDS Temple. So I am going to go volunteer on that project.

And I love the pineapple. :-)

Mills, who is still procrastinating.

Edit: I have been reading about the Sherborne Missal, an early 15th century manuscript, and guess how the scribe who wrote the Gothic script and musical notation signed himself? “John Whas, the monk, laboured on the writing of this book, and his body was much debilitated by early rising”.


Elanor - Jun 30, 2005 10:04 pm (#1071 of 2963)

Good luck with the articles Mills! BTW, do you know that the Tour de France starts on Saturday? I can't wait! Yesterday was the medical examination day for all of the cyclists, every TV was there, the fun has begun! I hope you'll be able to have a look at it, but count on me for reports.

About cell phones, I have one that I don't use a lot but makes me feel secure when I am driving alone or going somewhere with the kids of my class. Trouble is, the only day I forget it at home, my car breaks down... Typical!

I like comic books very much but I read more franco-belgian ones, as the ones that are published every week in a magazine called "Spirou magazine". My brother also introduced me to mangas and some are really good. I am a huge Hojo fan, do you know "City hunter", "Family compo" or "Glass heart"?

Barbie, the cake was wonderful and your kids so cute! I'm thinking a lot of you, it must me difficult days. (((hug)))

Okay, I should go to work now! Do you know that here it is finally JULY!!!!! At last!


Solitaire - Jun 30, 2005 10:07 pm (#1072 of 2963)

Thank you so much to my friends on the Forum who wished me Happy Birthday! It was a quiet and rather "solitary" day here, so they were really appreciated.



dizzy lizzy - Jun 30, 2005 10:20 pm (#1073 of 2963)


My TV is advertising the France vs the Wallabies, Rugby Union test coming up on Saturday night. I'll be sure to watch it!

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jose043 - Jul 1, 2005 3:47 am (#1074 of 2963)

Hi all, Phoenex Song, the wedding cake looked lovely & the three children looked very nice all dressed up.

All of you have a good day or night.

Happy Birthday to all that are having birthdays



The giant squid - Jul 1, 2005 4:42 am (#1075 of 2963)

My 12 year thinks he needs a cell phone. I think he needs a job in a few years to pay for a cell phone himself if he wants it that badly.--Denise P.

I think if more parents used this tack, kids would be a lot easier to deal with... I'm with you on the camera phones, too. Why does a phone need a camera, internet access and text capability?

Mike, I would venture to say that life as you know it does not include teenagers who are out alone after dark and driving their cars that are older than they are. If that were the life you knew, you'd be saying a well-charged cell phone in their hand is better than tranquilizers in mine.—Chemyst

True, I don't have children out after dark. but once, eons ago, I was one, and I managed to survive just fine without cellular technology. All I know is the kids I see wandering around with their cell phones attached to their hips (or, more often, their ears) seem to be much ruder than the ones without. It could just be random chance, though; I blame the Nevada school system.

Can we at least agree that the "walkie talkie" option needs to go? It's bad enough having to hear one side of a conversation, let alone both sides.



Snuffles - Jul 1, 2005 5:38 am (#1076 of 2963)

IT'S JULY! IT'S JULY! IT'S JULY! Woo Hoo! I'm totally giddy now, I dread to think what I'll be like in 2 weeks!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 1, 2005 5:52 am (#1077 of 2963)

Happy July, Snuffles. Are you excited about anything in particular?  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 464751818

I just got an email from Restoration Hardware announcing their summer sale. So now their prices are only moderately horrific as opposed to heart-stoppingly horrific. The Montauk umbrella one paid $575 for is now $220. That's a nasty shock for sure.


Snuffles - Jul 1, 2005 5:58 am (#1078 of 2963)

Well now you mention it, there is something.....Yup you guessed it, its 21 weeks to Christmas


Catherine - Jul 1, 2005 6:35 am (#1079 of 2963)

I just got an email from Restoration Hardware announcing their summer sale. --Lupin is Lupin

I like their things, but they are very expensive. When we remodeled our house, I wanted to use a certain light fixture I found in their catalog. My sister-in-law (architect) found a source (her friend is a lighting designer) to get the same light fixture for 40% off what one pays in the retail catalog, and no shipping charges!

Now, if I could only remember that link....


Loopy Lupin - Jul 1, 2005 6:47 am (#1080 of 2963)

Mike, I would venture to say that life as you know it does not include teenagers who are out alone after dark and driving their cars that are older than they are. – Chemyst

Mine soon will and I'm glad that my niece has a phone. I'm even more glad that I didn't get roped into paying for it somehow. To the extent safety is the major or only concern, a cell phone kept in the car for emergencies only would be a brilliant idea and a great use of technology. A cellphone for gabbing with all the bells and whistles is absurd. Of course, I'm now an old man and am out of touch with what kids need to "survive" in this cruel world.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 1242194059

Yay!!! It is July!!!!!


Eponine - Jul 1, 2005 7:57 am (#1081 of 2963)

I love Restoration Hardware's stuff, but we just look. The only thing I've ever bought from there was a Christmas ornament the week after Christmas. Their products are a bit too much for us to spend.

Two weeks! I can't believe we're almost there! I'm trying my best to stay away from HP sites that will potentially have spoilers, because I really have no self control when it comes to reading them.

We're going to be in DC next week, so that will help in the not being on the computer aspect of it.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great day!


pottermom34 - Jul 1, 2005 8:07 am (#1082 of 2963)

Happy belated birthday Solitaire, Happy July everyone only 15 days left to go !!!

Wow, I don't check in for like half a day and I have tons of posts! I was keeping up so well after I marked everything as new and just kept hitting "read new".--- Penny Lane

What a coincidence Penny, I did the same thing. I had to miss a whole day cause I was at the zoo 13 hours. We had to do inventory. Just one thing to say about that, the zoo is a creepy place to be at 11:00 at night.

Hey did everyone hear what the new Bertie Bott's flavors are? I got an email from them today, they are Rotten egg and Bacon. I wonder if that's cause they seem to eat that quite often in the books (anyone notice that).

On the cell phone thing, I don't have one either. I agree they are nice for emergencies, but people can be so rude with them. We had to make our break room at work a cell -free zone. Last year everyone’s cells were constantly ringing and people couldn't hear themselves talk. The thing that I hate the most is people talking on them while driving. They don't pay attention to the road or their driving very well with that thing stuck to their ears. They either drive too slow or are all over the road. I think if they have to talk that badly when on the road, they should pull over til they're done talking.

its 21 weeks to Christmas

Summer just got here, can we get thru that first? Actually it's only 20 weeks til Goblet of Fire, it's about 26 weeks til christmas. I'd still like to get through summer first.

Speaking of which, off to enjoy the storm that's about to hit.
later, michelle


Denise P. - Jul 1, 2005 8:40 am (#1083 of 2963)

When my now early 20 year olds were teens and driving, they did not have a cell phone. Not even for emergencies because they should never be anywhere that a phone is not available to them to make a call or have someone with them that had a phone. Now, having said that, I can see the benefits of a prepaid cell phone for emergency use only. I read about some prepaid phones now that can be programed to only recieve or call specific numbers. I could see that, making sure the phone can call parents and 911 and recieve calls from parents. It would sure cut down on the chit chat.


Thora - Jul 1, 2005 9:01 am (#1084 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Jul 1, 2005 5:36 pm

All you need to call 911 is a cell with power and signal, not a plan, or company. All cell phone users pay a charge every month to pay for that. To call home is another matter, but most people don't know that tidbit.

I'm one of the horrible cell-phone with walkie-talkie users. My husband contacts me on the Nextel from his work phone so I can run errands for him and get information for him while he is on the road or out of town (so every day mostly), so while I'm sure you all would hate me, trust me I don't enjoy that part of it all that much either.

I do find my cell phone quite handy for contacting doctors while I'm driving to their office an hour away. Or alerting my sister that plans have changed and we will be swinging by. I also much prefer my husband to call from his cell (work or personal) if he is bringing his co-worker home to get a part. My sister and her husband are rarely home so they each have a cell instead of a land line. We keep in regular contact with people all over the nation on their Verizon phones with "IN".

Yes indeed there are rude people who talk loudly and pollute the air with their conversations, but I'm afraid they are useful to many of us and have even become a vital part of business today. My husband's corporation uses them heavily to direct technicians all over the world, he sees his manager on about a monthly basis, but they are in contact every day.

What I really don't like is a bash party represented by a single side.



Ydnam96 - Jul 1, 2005 9:32 am (#1085 of 2963)

Yay, July!

I have a cell phone, in fact, it is my only phone. It is way cheaper here to have a cell phone than it is to have a land line. I try not to use it in public. But I must admit there have been times that I have used it in the post office or in the walmart. Mostly I use it while I am stuck in traffic (I have a speaker phone so there are no hands involved...and voice command to dial numbers) to talk to my friends and family who live on the east coast. My staff also call me at all hours of the day and night to ask questions and things. I find it very helpful. Although I have had to get to the point where I hit "ignore" until such a time when I can actually answer and talk with the person in a more appropriate place. I have it on vibrate most of the time.

Anyway. It was in the 90s here in LA yesterday. I wonder what it will be today. I live in the San Gabriel Valley so for some reason it gets hotter here than in the city- I think because we are so far from the ocean.

Well, maybe I'll actually go read some other threads?


Loopy Lupin - Jul 1, 2005 10:09 am (#1086 of 2963)

What I really don't like is a bash party represented by a single side. – Thora

Well, I didn't see anything in your post that indicates you are prone to plop down in a crowded restaurant and jabber away, indifferent to the people around you. For that matter, current trends in the law notwithstanding, I don't even fault you for talking while driving, hands-free or not. What people are complaining about is the difference between pulling out one's phone in as grocery store aisle this weekend, for example, to ask your significant other "Do we need charcoal?" versus chatting away about Aunt Mary's back operation in the check out line while waiting to purchase said charcoal. Or even more, for that matter, chatting away in the check out line about what errands and tasks you're going to accomplish after you get out of the Safeway. Rude is rude. There's no side to take.


Stephanie M. - Jul 1, 2005 10:17 am (#1087 of 2963)

Although I have had to get to the point where I hit ignore" until such a time when I can actually answer and talk with the person in a more appropriate place."---Ydnam96

My cell doesn't have an "ignore" button, and if it does then I have no idea how to use it. I wish I could "ignore" some calls. There is one person I know who calls me at like all hours... well until he goes to sleep which is like 2 AM. So I just turn my cell off after 11 PM (or later depending if I'm expecting a call from my Dad who travels to the West Coast all the time for business.)Then he just leaves me messages stating absolutely nothing important. Lol


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 1, 2005 10:24 am (#1088 of 2963)

What I like best about my cellphone is the ability to call for takeout on the way home from wherever. My husband and I did that on the way home from a New Year's Eve wedding and it was da bomb!

As for people having lengthy conversations on their cellphones in inappropriate places---I don't mind as long as I can join in on their conversation. Can I ask about Aunt Mary's back operation too? Probably not.

Woohoo! Someone's having a party?!


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 1, 2005 11:32 am (#1089 of 2963)

Loopy, I have to say that you always find yourself on the wrong side of the avatar battles.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 1, 2005 12:42 pm (#1090 of 2963)

You have no idea.


The giant squid - Jul 1, 2005 1:22 pm (#1091 of 2963)

Loopy, well said on the "taking sides" issue. I have no problem with the majority of cell phone users; as usual it's the highly vocal minority that causes all the hoopla. And, sadly, a very large percentage of that minority is the "under 20" crowd. And yes, I still refuse to accept that cell phones are "necessary" for anything.

Clearly, I missed the reason behind Loopy's new avatar, but I did notice the change because a) it's not based on a Matt Groening creation and b) my mother-in-law is a huge Jeremy Irons fan. I personally refer to him as "the best over-actor in Hollywood".



GryffEndora - Jul 1, 2005 1:28 pm (#1092 of 2963)

Stephanie M. - to ignore an incoming call on your cell phone hit the end button instead of the send/receive/answer button. New phones tend to have a green answer and red end button, think of them like traffic signals go and stop. If you don't want to answer and want it to stop ringing, hit the red stop button and it should work.

I like my cell phone but I like caller ID more! I answer the calls I choose to and ignore the rest. Hope that helps.


Madam Pince - Jul 1, 2005 2:00 pm (#1093 of 2963)
Edited Jul 1, 2005 2:50 pm

Pottermom, do you know if the new Bertie Botts is two separate flavors -- Rotten Eggs, and then also Rotten Bacon? Or is it Rotten Eggs, and also Bacon? Or is it Rotten-Eggs-n-Bacon (as in all together, one flavor, one bean?) 'Cause, plain old Bacon flavor would be OK, I guess, but any of the other combinations just sound bleah...yucky!

lemonbalm & bees, don't feel weird. I like visiting graveyards, too. They have a lot of interesting information sometimes!

Elanor, what are "mangas?" ***feeling terribly non-continental***

Mills, thanks for the "vicarious virtual vacation!" It sounds like you are really enjoying your locale!

This isn't about cell phones, but talking about being in a check-out line reminded me: it bugs me when two check-out clerks are working next to each other, and are carrying on a version of the following conversation:

So, when do you get off?

I've only got ten more minutes in this stinking hole!

Yeah, I can't wait. I'm so sick of being here! (etc...etc...)

It leaves the customer standing in line getting their groceries rung up feeling rather....discomfited.

Edit: I am bumming hard right at the moment -- I couldn't find the file of my old avatar picture of the glasses, so I had to go online and re-download it, and now it doesn't look the same to me somehow. Does it look blurrier or something to you guys?


Solitaire - Jul 1, 2005 3:35 pm (#1094 of 2963)

I don't understand ... you mean you resent paying $8 or more for a movie ticket (or whatever) and then having 10 people in the vicinity of your seat carrying on loud conversations on their cell phones? Hm ... how intolerant of you!

Just kidding! My niece was terrible with their cordless house phones before she got a cell phone. She would have both her own and the family phone going at the same time. She is now in her early twenties, and nothing has changed. She was one of the first in our family (that includes the grown-ups!) to have a cell phone, and whenever we went anywhere, that phone rang constantly. It still does.

I check my phone at recess, lunch, and after school, unless I am expecting an urgent call (Examples of what I consider urgent calls: waiting for an update when my dad was rushed to the hospital; expecting a call from the vet to determine whether my dog needed emergency surgery; waiting for information about why my security alarm went off during the day while I was away). I usually ignore the phone if I hear it ring. This drives my junior highers crazy. Is it a "younger generation, immediate gratification" thing?



Stephanie M. - Jul 1, 2005 3:40 pm (#1095 of 2963)

Stephanie M. - to ignore an incoming call on your cell phone hit the end button instead of the send/receive/answer button. New phones tend to have a green answer and red end button, think of them like traffic signals go and stop. If you don't want to answer and want it to stop ringing, hit the red stop button and it should work.---GryffEndora

I have a flip phone and when it starts to ring, and you want to answer it all you have to do is "flip it" and then talk. You don't need to press the green talk button. So if I want to "ignore" the call and stop my phone from ringing I would press the red end call button, but then it cuts them off and they can't leave a message. Well that's at least what one of my friends said when I asked them to call me and I would "ignore" the call, but I don't think they understood what I was asking them to do. So I'll try what you said. Thanks GryffEndora!

Edit: Oh! Never mind you guys!!! I have my own Button for it!!!!! I figured it out!!!! Yay! I'm happy!


Finn BV - Jul 1, 2005 3:42 pm (#1096 of 2963)

MP – the glasses look higher up in the picture, but still looks good to me . Yes, I hate it when basically the only thing cashiers say to you is the price, and the price only. Not "That will be …" or "That comes to …" just "ten dollars and 42 cents (and usually an angry look like, would you hurry UP there?)." RRR!

Today, my cousin was admitted to the hospital. He will be turning six this November. The hospital thinks it's either cancer or a tumor, but since they've got his case early, they might be able to do something about it. I'm putting him in my prayers. (I know that's the asleep smilie, but it looks like someone praying too.)

Well, on the brighter side of the day, at tennis I had two good things happen to me! First, I won Player of the Day, which is basically the honor of getting a small prize (like a hat, shock absorber, or overgrip) from the Pro Shop. I knew I was going to get it, I was playing really well the whole day and moved up quickly from the worst court to the best court. (They always put the best players in the group on the worst court when you play a game so that they have to work their way to the top! ) Second, I was moved up to the best clinic! I'm currently in 1B, but on Tuesday I will be going to 1A, which is the group of better kids (and these kids are seriously amazing – nationally ranked!). The instructor said that if I lose lots of matches, I'll be moved back down, but if I consistently win the matches either in 1B or 1A I'll move up (to 1A) or stay (in 1A). He said that I'm kind of in the middle right now, but he wants me to mix with the older kids. So, :bigbigbigbigbiggrin: for me!


Catherine - Jul 1, 2005 4:25 pm (#1097 of 2963)

Finn, I hope your cousin has good news, and has it soon. Congraulations on your tennis promotion.

Hope all the U.S. Forumers are preparing for a good 4th of July weekend. Hope all non-U.S. Forumers are preparing for a great weekend as well.

As for me, it's the first 4th in a long time that I won't have spent with my parents (my mom is still recovering from surgery) so I look forward to making new traditions here.

Perhaps ice cream...I'll look into making some....


Chemyst - Jul 1, 2005 4:29 pm (#1098 of 2963)

And yes, I still refuse to accept that cell phones are "necessary" for anything.    Stubborn little squid, aren't cha, Mike?
I'll give this my best shot and if you still remain adamant, I'll just shrug it off and let you enjoy your opinion; here goes:

My teen commuted to freshman year of college 23 miles from home and worked nearer the school, but 26 miles from home, usually until 10 PM. Part of the commuting route was eight-lane Interstate highway, which is reasonably safe as long as you're driving, but passed through two neighborhoods known for being more hoods than neighbors. Jobs closer to home were either minimum wage which did not make a dent in tuition, or required hours that conflicted with class schedules. Most of the commuting was done in an '84 truck, which broke down twice and caught on fire once during that year. We don't buy vehicles for our kids, but we don't leave them stranded at midnight either, so a cell phone was a necessity for my peace of mind. (However, teaching good cell phone manners is also done at our house.)

Mmmm... homemade ice cream.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 1, 2005 5:04 pm (#1099 of 2963)

Madam Pince, the glasses look a bit smaller. Maybe fuzzier, but definitely smaller.

Chemyst, I'm totally with you on the kids/cellphone thingy. But as for the ice cream---you and Catherine and Denise---one of you is going to have to convince me as to the benefits of homemade. Perhaps sending me some might be in order???  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 266347159

Finn, best thoughts to your cousin and his family.

As for rude clerks, I like it when they take a big drag on their slurpie just as you step up to the counter. Way to greet the customer!

My kids have been finding the same toad in the backyard for a week now. It seems to have taken shelter under a small frog garden ornament. It's very cute. Perhaps I should suggest to the kids that we name him Trevor.

***waves to everyone***

Happy 4th!


Denise P. - Jul 1, 2005 5:05 pm (#1100 of 2963)

We already have the makings for homemade ice cream. Yummmmm.... I am making the low sugar version by using Equal rather than sugar but it still tastes yummy. Mr. Denise objected to my suggestion of using egg beaters, Equal, low fat Eagle milk and skim milk to make ice cream once. I didn't say anything and did it anyway. He never noticed the difference. The only change this time, though, is Equal.

Kim, call when you hit Nashville, I will give you directions so you can come taste the ice cream on the 4th
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haymoni - Jul 1, 2005 5:07 pm (#1101 of 2963)

Hey all - haven't been on this thread in a while. I've had a bit of white wine tonight - almost spelled "whine" - I've had a bit of that, too - Ungrateful Son is at a friend's house, Hubby is downstairs watching the Indians with a neighbor and said neighbor's adorable 3-year-old is playing with Daughter.

Don't have big plans for this 4th of July weekend. It will be nice to lay low and maybe catch some rays and some fireworks. No baseball or dance classes for 1 week - Whoo Hoo!!!

I'll eat anything that even resembles ice cream - ice milk, sorbet - any time, any where! With nuts, cherries, swirls - whatever! It's a good thing!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 1, 2005 5:17 pm (#1102 of 2963)

Denise, I can someday see my driving to Nashville, but as God is my witness I will never eat Equal ever! Just the thought of that stuff gives me the heeby-jeebies. (I wonder how that's actually spelled.)


Stephanie M. - Jul 1, 2005 6:02 pm (#1103 of 2963)

I hope everything turns out in your cousin's favor, Finn!!!

Right now I'm very bored, and I have no idea what to do. I've been through soooo many posts!!! I don't think I can ever read again! Well until tomorrow. O well, I'll figure something out.


Doris Crockford - Jul 1, 2005 7:02 pm (#1104 of 2963)

Happy Canada Day, everyone! I've been hearing a few fireworks outside, but since it's really windy, there hasn't been much celebrating.

Finn, I hope all goes well for your cousin. That must be a scary thing to deal with at such a young age. But congratulations on your tennis successes! I must admit, I'm not a very good player myself, but I really admire people who can actually control where the ball goes!

My family got a cell phone a few years ago. It was supposed to be 'mine', technically, but since I had no need for it whatsoever, and my father was driving about an hour to work every day, it was decided that he should take it in case he got in an accident. So the rule in our family is that whoever is taking the car or is going to be out late takes it, but we only turn it on if we need to use it. It gets turned off again immediately afterwards.


Denise P. - Jul 1, 2005 8:00 pm (#1105 of 2963)

Don't you just hate when you have faithfully followed an author, in paperback, for years and then suddenly they are mainstream enough to jump to hardback? I was just browsing Amazon.com to get publication dates for some books I knew were coming out and decided to see if the next in the Harry Dresden series was coming out any time soon. It sure did, in May, in hardback! Waahhhh!! I like Jim Butcher but not well enough to shell out $17 for it. I guess I will just have to wait until it is released in paperback. Harry Dresden is an adult wizard that some reviewers claim is an adult, darker Harry Potter. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files novels have been compared to Harry Potter with an adult tone and attitude. Uhmm...no...I would not go that far. Other than they are both wizards, there is nothing remotely Harry Potter-ish about this series. I have no clue why anyone would think they were similar.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 1, 2005 8:52 pm (#1106 of 2963)

I personally refer to him as "the best over-actor in Hollywood". – Mike

You have no idea.


Elanor - Jul 1, 2005 10:20 pm (#1107 of 2963)
Edited Jul 1, 2005 10:53 pm

Madam Pince: "Elanor, what are "mangas?" ***feeling terribly non-continental*** Well, actually mangas are not "continental" at all, they are japanese comic books but a lot of people read them here and they are really a success.

My brother is crazy about them, he has hundreds of them. In fact, he even wanted me to add a picture from one of them on its wedding invitations (that he made me do) but I said no, or he'll do the invitations himself. But he succeeded in making me creating some stickers with that image, to be put on the envelops of the said invitations (it was a drawing of the "locket of the sun", from "The mysterious cities of gold", that cartoon was famous here when we were kids). I'm too good with him... The wedding is on next Saturday, I'm sure he will find other crazy ideas by then! Fortunately he didn't ask me to make the cake! LOL! **waving to Barbie**

Lizzie, the match sounds great! I'll watch it if I can. And I'm sure to watch the first stage of the Tour de France this afternoon, it begins with a real individual time-trial near the seaside, it should be great.

Finn, I do hope everything will be okay for your cousin and congratulations for you!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Edit: Fleur-de-Lys, I'm trying to answer your mail but it is always returned to me when I send it, is there a problem with your mail box?


The giant squid - Jul 1, 2005 11:14 pm (#1108 of 2963)

You have no idea.--Loopy Lupin

I think we've discovered Loopy's new mantra (not to be confused with manga).

I'll give this my best shot and if you still remain adamant, I'll just shrug it off and let you enjoy your opinion--Chemyst

We'll have to agree to disagree, then. Yes, the cell phone made things much easier and safer, but it was not necessary. She could have made the trip without it, it just would have sucked when she broke down. Seriously, this is getting to the point of picking sides, and the item under discussion just isn't worth that. Let's just kiss & make up, 'kay?

Don't you just hate when you have faithfully followed an author, in paperback, for years and then suddenly they are mainstream enough to jump to hardback?--Denise P.

I had that happen with one of my favorites, too. For years Spider Robinson was firmly planted in the "Who?" category. Then all of a sudden, his last three novels got the hardcover treatment. Of course, I'm obsessed enough to shell out the bucks, but still...



Madam Pince - Jul 1, 2005 11:17 pm (#1109 of 2963)

Thanks for the info, Elanor! I'm learning so much at the Forum! And LOL on "saving your brother from himself" with the wedding invitations! Likely at his 50th anniversary when he pulls out a copy of the invitation, he will be glad he listened to you! Enjoy the upcoming wedding!

fbv, I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin's illness. I hope all turns out OK, and we'll be thinking of him.

Doris, you make me laugh about the tennis -- a friend and I took tennis lessons for awhile years ago, and instead of trying to get the ball past each other, we actually tried to hit the ball to each other. It was more fun to keep on hitting the ball rather than chasing it down on foot, whether we were doing it right or not. Ha!

Everyone have a great weekend -- we're off for a couple days at our cabin in the mountains. "See" you Tuesday!


dizzy lizzy - Jul 2, 2005 12:01 am (#1110 of 2963)

Denise; I just got the latest Harry Dresden book (#6) about a month ago. I'm not interested in reading it yet, I'm waiting anxiously for HBP to come out first and get my HP mania out of my system (hardly likely...). My bookshop told me #7 was coming out in hardback[/B] - I'm not that desperate, I'll wait for the paperback...

The only thing I have to contribute to the mobile phone (cell phone) discussion is that after 9 years of owning various phones, I still cannot recognise when my own phone is ringing, ever. Even if it sitting right in front of me. I now have a dual ring/vibrate and even then I only answer about half of the calls made to it.

My employer has given me a Portable Satellite Phone to take with me whilst I drive for work. Part of my area is remote enough that you can't get enough of a signal (and most of the time - no signal) to use the normal mobile phone. That's where the satellite phone will be very useful. A very good emergency phone.

Elanor: Not long now for the Rugby to start and another station is broadcasting most of the Tour de France either live or on delayed telecast. So I have been leaving the TV on and just checking in through the late afternoon/evening/late evening.

Have a good weekend everybody.



CatherineHermiona - Jul 2, 2005 1:58 am (#1111 of 2963)

Good morning, everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

We are in Zagreb. We came yesterday. We were really happy seeing our aunts and grandmother after such a long time. Our cousin is coming here day after tomorrow because there is too many people in here right now. My mother and father are going home tomorrow because my mum has to work. This is first time that My youngest sister is staying with us during mum and dad aren't here. There is so much interesting things here and we are playing all the time. I am playing with Game Boy Advance a lot but there is still enough time to play with others. We are going to visit ZOO, cousin and a lot more fun things. There is more than a week time more. I'm just so happy.



Sticky Glue - Jul 2, 2005 2:33 am (#1112 of 2963)

Yeah, The New Zealand All Blacks just beat the British & Irish Lions.


Lina - Jul 2, 2005 4:03 am (#1113 of 2963)

Finn, hugs to you and your cousin! My prayers are with you. Hoping that everything will end well.
And congratulations on your tennis achievements! Way to go!

When I was a young girl, there were no cellular phones around. I went to the university and at the beginning, there was no phone where my parents could have called me at, so they depended on my good will to call them which happened rarely. It used to freak my parents out ( ). As soon as I moved to the apartment with a phone, my mum started calling me every day. Having the cellular at that time would probably help a lot, but we obviously managed to survive without. I actually have two of them. One is my very private, the first cellular that my husband ever had, so it is very old, the eldest in our expanded family but still works good enough for me (sometimes it turns off for no visible reason). The other I got at my job. They belong to two different networks, so I can always choose the cheaper call. The only problem is that I often forget to take both of them with me. My husband and my sister, they like to get the newest technology, so the rest of us inherit their old ones. The biggest problem we have with our kid's cellulars is that the prepaid amount expires before they manage to spend all the money, so I don't find too much to worry about yet.

Elanor, you lucky girl, not having to do the wedding cake for your brother! Have a good time!

Happy Canada day to the Canadians (if I understood it correctly), and happy Independence weekend to the Americans!


Chemyst - Jul 2, 2005 5:07 am (#1114 of 2963)

Let's just kiss & make up, 'kay? – The giant squid

I don't think there is anything you could have written that would make me more conscious that this forum is a world stage than to propose a kiss. It's enough to give a girl the vapors!   Perhaps some discretion is in order there. I'm all for the make up part, however. Currently, my favorite lip color is called 'aztec sandstone' and my blusher is 'warm copper,' ...although, I suppose that information ceases to be relevant since we're forgoing the kiss.


Catherine - Jul 2, 2005 5:26 am (#1115 of 2963)

Cell phone debates, kissing, make up, Equal vs. sugar, manga vs. mantra

Where is that cold compress?

I'm so excited--two weeks until HbP!

My favorite lipstick color is called "Magic," which makes it even more fun to use.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 2, 2005 5:35 am (#1116 of 2963)

'Aztec sandstone', 'Warm copper', 'Magic'...somehow, 'Black currant' and 'Plum' pale in comparison. I think I hear the siren song of Sephora calling out to me.


T Brightwater - Jul 2, 2005 5:35 am (#1117 of 2963)

Finn, best wishes for successful surgery and speedy recovery for your cousin.

I don't have a cell phone (or a laptop - if I did, my main client for music engraving would insist I work when I'm away from home!) but there are times I wish I did. Not enough to get one, though. I don't think they cause rudeness, they just make it more obvious. :-)


Good Evans - Jul 2, 2005 6:48 am (#1118 of 2963)

Haymoni - I am going to send you a huge cheering charm, your post struck a chord!!!

Kate - I hope you are having a great time in Zagreb, sounds fun!

Finn - my best wishes as always

Just catching up on some posts and listening to the Live8 concert. Still a bit bummed that Status Quo didnt get to open the concert like in 1985 - but well you cant have everything.

have a nice weekend all

happy Canada day to the Canadians and happy 4th of July celebrations to the Americans.

PS - being as we aren't allowed in England to mention that that Battle of Trafalgar was a victory over the French - I don’t think that the Americans are allowed to mention that you threw the British out!!!!!

(just to explain - that I am not trying to incite xenophobic tendancies! it is 200 years anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, and the terribly PC politicians don’t want to upset our neighbours by mentioning that the French were the defeated party in the conflict, Therefore there is no mention of the French and in all the re-enactments it is the blues versus the reds) Sounds all a bit much to me but there you have it... so following in this mad idea, clearly the Americans must not potentially upset the brits by making any reference to the events of their celebrations!! )

Wouldn’t it be nice if the politicians all got over themesleves a bit and assumed that we are all adult enough to appreciate that History is just that... History.

have a good one!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 2, 2005 6:53 am (#1119 of 2963)

PS - being as we aren't allowed in England to mention that that Battle of Trafalgar was a victory over the French - I dont think that the Americans are allowed to mention that you threw the British out!!!!!---Good Evans

And we just gave my father-in-law 1776 by David McCullough for Father's Day. Ooops!


VeronikaG - Jul 2, 2005 7:35 am (#1120 of 2963)

Finn: Best wishes to your little cousin. May he have a speedy recovery. I'll say a prayer.

You finger crossing for me getting a job must have been very effective, because yesterday I got a call from a guy who have interviewed me twice for a sales person position. He said: "Well, the situation is as follows: I regret to say... none of the others were good enough. You want the job?" I just said: ".............seriously?" Wheeee!

Now with the prospect of getting a little bit of cash every month I got out and got a tax card and signed up for an eye check to get new glasses. I picked a pair of frames I liked a lot. The make me look my age and even mature and intellectual, so I guess I'll be wearing them as much as my contacts. And in August I'll be starting driving lessons again. Finally I feel I'm going somewhere. I'm terrified, but I was half scared to death when I started college too, and those years turned out to be the best in my life so far. I don't think I have ever grown so much in three years since I was a small child. Now it's time to use what I have learned.


Catherine - Jul 2, 2005 8:30 am (#1121 of 2963)

I don't think I have ever grown so much in three years since I was a small child. Now it's time to use what I have learned. --Veronika

Woo hoo for your job offer! That's great news.


T Brightwater - Jul 2, 2005 8:37 am (#1122 of 2963)

Veronika, congratulations!!!!


Stephanie M. - Jul 2, 2005 8:40 am (#1123 of 2963)

Congratulations Veronika!!!


Denise P. - Jul 2, 2005 8:46 am (#1124 of 2963)

Grrr! We have a bunch of inconsiderate neighbors who were out until 2 am shooting off fireworks. I don't mind that so much but there are now bottle rocket sticks, papers and exploded bits of cardboard all over the street and in our yard.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition was in town filming. I read about a fish tank they put in, choking over the fact it cost $40,000. They were mistaken, a correction was put in the paper today, it didn't cost $40,000 after all. It was $44,000!!! The cost of the tank and fish is the same as the cost of the first house we bought in 1988.


boop - Jul 2, 2005 8:46 am (#1125 of 2963)

Congratulations Veronika!!!!!

My baby is getting married this afternoon. I am so happy for them. I haven't even seen the dress yet. I have been told its very beautiful. I am very excited.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 2, 2005 8:53 am (#1126 of 2963)

Congratulations Veronika! Good for you!

Betty, enjoy this wonderful day. I know it will be absolutely beautiful.


Catherine - Jul 2, 2005 9:02 am (#1127 of 2963)

Boop, I'm so happy for your daughter--I know that both you and the bride will look beautiful.


Denise P. - Jul 2, 2005 9:27 am (#1128 of 2963)

Betty, have a grand time at the wedding! I hope the happy couple has a wonderful day and an even more wonderful life together.


Stephanie M. - Jul 2, 2005 11:00 am (#1129 of 2963)

Boop, you must tell us all about the wedding, and the dress. Congratulations to your daughter and son-in-law.


Finn BV - Jul 2, 2005 11:16 am (#1130 of 2963)

Thanks to everybody for the well wishes towards my cousin. We went to see him this morning in the hospital, but he was basically unconscious the whole time. The parents are doing much better now that we've seen them.

Veronika, best of luck at the job interview! Seems to me we've had a string of job interviews in the past few months here; they've virtually all become successful.

Boop, have a fantastic time. I know that things will turn out great. Tell us all about it!


Marie E. - Jul 2, 2005 12:00 pm (#1131 of 2963)

Congratulations Boop! Remember, you're not losing a daughter, but gaining a son.


Solitaire - Jul 2, 2005 12:02 pm (#1132 of 2963)

Denise, we had Extreme Makeover here in my town, as well--just a few months ago. To make it even more interesting, the recipient of all this good fortune was the sister-in-law of one of our teachers at school. We got a blow-by-blow of the entire process from start to finish. And yes ... the money they spend on stuff that seems rather unnecessary is ridiculous, if you ask me.

It kind of makes me wonder why they don't spend more modest amounts of money and do more "normal" renovations ... and help out 2-3 families. Believe me, they could still make an extreme difference for a lot of people without waterfalls and other stuff. I mean, other than Sea World, who really needs a $44,000 aquarium? I don't get it!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 2, 2005 12:18 pm (#1133 of 2963)

Solitaire, from your lips to Ty Pennington's ear.


Elanor - Jul 2, 2005 12:22 pm (#1134 of 2963)

Good Evans: "being as we aren't allowed in England to mention that that Battle of Trafalgar was a victory over the French".
Really? LOL! Politicians are really weird sometimes, aren't they? I don't think anyone here would be upset by that! I'm sure that if the people who organized the re-enactments had called the history enthusiasts here and asked them to "play" with them, they would have loved to do so, and would have been beaten again with joy if it would have ended by drinking beer and wine together. That is building Europe!

Lizzie, I couldn't watch the match (it was on a channel I don't have) but I saw a summary of it, congratulations! It seems it was a great match and that you really deserved your victory!

But I watched the first stage of the Tour de France and it was really, really good. Armstrong was brilliant and I think it must have given his opponents a bit of a shock. The rest of the tour promises to be great!

Congratulations Veronika and Boop!


Good Evans - Jul 2, 2005 12:42 pm (#1135 of 2963)

Elanor - you echo my own thoughts exactly !!

Come the post Accio gettogether - I promise we dont have to sit in opposite sides of the pub!!!!!! LOL


Lina  - Jul 2, 2005 12:43 pm (#1136 of 2963)

VeronikaG, I couldn't understand why the guy regrets that there was nobody better than you, but I'm glad that you got the job. Yay! I know that feeling of fear mixed with excitement. I just wish you could explain to my Veronika how your college days went well. I transferred her to another school last week and now she will spend all the summer being angry with me.

Congratulations Betty! Enjoy the wedding! (I'm just waiting for you to change your avatar... )


prof sprout - Jul 2, 2005 12:45 pm (#1137 of 2963)

Here are some wedding photos if you want to see them. They are from the photographer’s website. Since he is small time, I didn't want to overload his website/bandwidth. I copied a couple of them to put on shutterfly. Here's the link. http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EeAN2TRwzcOWrCNA


Catherine - Jul 2, 2005 1:03 pm (#1138 of 2963)

Prof. Sprout, I enjoyed seeing your wedding photos. Congraulations again--you both look so happy!

Solitaire, I'm with you on the 44K aquarium! My big question about the aquarium: Who is going to do the maintenence and cleaning on that thing? Mr. Catherine changes 15% of the water in his tank and vacuums the sandy bottom weekly. The tank Denise described from the TV show sounds like someone would need to eat some gillyweed or perform a bubble-head charm to go swimming inside the tank to clean it.

I almost told Mr. Catherine about this fish tank, but then I thought better of it. I don't want him getting ideas and ordering more fish for his tank!


Denise P. - Jul 2, 2005 1:06 pm (#1139 of 2963)

Solitaire, that is what a lot of people here are saying too. Rather than make such extreme changes (tearing down a house, rebuilding from scratch, putting in $49,000 fish tank etc), find an exisiting house to renovate, donate the old house, use the $49,000 to help others. The family they did help is certainly deserving, the husband lost a leg in Iraq, but they are far from the only family in town in that situation. I think it would make more of an impact to help several families rather than just one. Habitat for Humanity built a house in town the week prior to this and it barely got a mention. This was on the front page daily, on TV and the radio for better than a week.

It is a gorgeous new house and I hope the family is very happy in it. The family does appreciate what was done and I think they warranted a makeover in order for the husband to be able to get around his home easier. Many, many local businesses donated time, effort and materials to make it happen. The neighbors around the site had their yards totally trashed by heavy equipment and crowds. (The production did have permission from those home owners to use the yards). I can only imagine the hassle of actually living in that neighborhood for the week they were here. I actually normally drive by that neighborhood but I sure avoided going near it while all this was being done.

Catherine, the company that installed it apparently has donated a year of service and upkeep. According to the paper today, they are working with a local place to offset the cost after the first year. Still....who truly needs a 700 gallon tank of salt water fish in their house?


Elanor - Jul 2, 2005 1:15 pm (#1140 of 2963)

LOL Good evans, they should really ask us if they want to know how to build Europe, shouldn't they? And I can't wait to taste the "local produces" in that pub! I've had lots of practice with local "beverages" here and it will be great to learn more about yours. Ah, the thirst of knowledge...

Congratulations Prof. Sprout, the photos are beautiful!

Denise:"Still....who truly needs a 700 gallon tank of salt water fish in their house? ". Indeed! They don't raise merpeople, don't they? Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 1003735042

Edit: sorry, I am in a "sillygrin" mood today, it must be the tiredness, or the holidays now at hand, or the fact that in two weeks now I'll have the HBP in my trembling hands, or all that at the same time!


Finn BV - Jul 2, 2005 1:17 pm (#1141 of 2963)

Veronika, at the moment I was typing my post #1130, I was also emailing my aunt, who is going for a job interview (but hasn't made the job yet). I emailed her with good luck immediately before congratulating you at the interview, and had the thought that you hadn't made the job yet still in my mind, so I wished you luck as well (not that I mean to take it back)! I sincerely regret the error, and congratulations on making it!

***smacks self on forehead for not thinking***

Professor Sprout, great pics!! Hope the wedding went well.


Lina  - Jul 2, 2005 1:32 pm (#1142 of 2963)

Prof. Sprout, thank you for the great pictures! It looks that you had a great time and I hope the remaining of your life together will be as wonderful.

Denise, I think that it is great that you live in such community that some people still think about those in need, even though there are some people who apparently don't know how they could spend their money. Just hoping that the number of those first would be growing all over the world.

All the best to everyone!


Good Evans - Jul 2, 2005 1:36 pm (#1143 of 2963)

Prof Sprout - love the photos. I am a real sucker for a wedding and just love to see the Bride, the dress, the flowers. Yours looked absolutely beautiful. Congratulations again on what was assuredly a lovely day.


Catherine - Jul 2, 2005 2:01 pm (#1144 of 2963)

sorry, I am in a "sillygrin" mood today, it must be the tiredness, or the holidays now at hand, or the fact that in two weeks now I'll have the HBP in my trembling hands, or all that at the same time! –Elanor

We're all in a bit of a tither. If only Loopy Lupin would pass us that cold compress!

Mr. Catherine teased me today when we drove past the Barnes and Noble bookstore. He quoted the countdown that is on my computer, and said, "Are you ready to start camping out for your HBP book? Should I get out the tent now?

Please. He should know by now that I don't like camping.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 1242194059


The giant squid - Jul 2, 2005 3:27 pm (#1145 of 2963)

Congratulations Boop! Remember, you're not losing a daughter, but gaining a son.--Marie E.

Remember, you're not losing a daughter, you're gaining a furniture mover. "Don't you think the couch would look better against that wall...?"

Chemyst, sorry for sending you all aflutter...I have to say it's been a while since I've given a lady the vapors, though.

Veronika, congrats on the new job. It sounds like things are going well for you these days; here's hoping it stays that way.

$44,000 for a fish tank? Are they high?? I'm with the rest of you--there's renovation, and then there's excess. If I were the family in question, I'd wait out the year then sell it off & spend the money on something useful, like a new car.



Denise P. - Jul 2, 2005 5:34 pm (#1146 of 2963)

Mike, we have not seen the inside of the house yet but from how it was described in the article, I think the tank serves as a wall between rooms. Not a load bearing wall, obviously, but I don't think it would be that easy to take out. I have no clue how big a 700 gallon tank is but it can't be small.


Ydnam96 - Jul 2, 2005 5:54 pm (#1147 of 2963)

Hey everybody! Well my dad has big aquariums...and a 90 gallon one is almost long enough and deep enough to put an adult human being in. My mom always jokes that we could bury my dad in it when he goes. So 700 gallons...that's unimaginable.

Extreme Home Makeover is my favorite show on tv (other than Alias and Lost). I love it because it is the only thing on TV that I feel is uplifting and shows the good side of humanity. I know there are knock-off shows now after the success of this show. But, anyway. I do see all of your points, they have gotten more extravagant as the show has gotten older. I believe the first few houses were just extreme renovations. But there are shows where they do things for the neighborhood and such. The Sweet Alice episode, from LA, they fixed up the community center all nice and donated supplies and computers, she came and spoke at the college I work at. In a more recent episode they built an entire Veteran's Affairs building for Native American Veteran's. They have also donated cabinets and such to habitat for humanity.

I'm not trying to say you all are wrong about the show. I just don't want people to forget all of the good things about the show (especially when you compare it to most of the other reality television shows that exist).

Okay, that's it from me.



Solitaire - Jul 2, 2005 6:38 pm (#1148 of 2963)

I love it because it is the only thing on TV that I feel is uplifting and shows the good side of humanity.

Are you serious, Mandy? If so, you badly need to get some better TV stations. I'm not saying the show is bad. I guess I'm just not into extreme anything. With the exception of the news and HGTV, I really don't watch anything that can be called "reality TV."

Having watched a lot of HGTV, however, I can tell you that on Designed to Sell, you learn that a mere $2000 can make a pretty extreme difference in some houses. Granted, the labor is all gratis. But think how many homes could be brought up to speed for the amount the extreme guys spend on one house.

I think it is wonderful that the vet got the new house, and I can bet that all of the accessibility modifications cost a pretty penny. However ... I'm with those who are banking on the fish tank making an exit after a year or so. Other than the Giant Squid, who really needs it?


Edit: Congratulate me! I just bought my first brand new washer and dryer. For the past 22 years I've had the second-hand set I bought for $200, and it finally gave out. I hope this new one serves me as well.


Denise P. - Jul 2, 2005 6:43 pm (#1149 of 2963)

Oh, I love Designed to Sell! It is incredible how far $2000 goes. I like it better when they also say how much over the asking price the seller gets though.

Designer Chic is another good one on HGTV.

I have never watched an episode of Extreme Makeover but am familiar with the concept since a lot of friends watch it. I think it is fantastic that they want to make a difference in the lives of those shown on the show. I know the families are appreciative but the money thrown into things that are nice but not necessary are astounding.

Congrats on the new washer and dryer! After hardwood floors, a front loading machine (the kind that can wash 16 pairs of jeans at once!) are on my wish list.


Ydnam96 - Jul 2, 2005 6:46 pm (#1150 of 2963)

Haha, yah, I don't have cable. I only have a tv antenna so I only get ABC, CBS, NBC, WB, FOX, and some other local station. When I used to have cable I Loved TLC, HGTV, Discovery, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and BBC America. But...now nothing...

Oh well...I still love Extreme Home Makeover (I can handle that others do not, or don't like all aspects of it )
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Solitaire - Jul 2, 2005 7:03 pm (#1151 of 2963)

Denise, my old machines were Crown Frigidaire and in great condition when I got them. They still look new after four moves! The washer in my new set is a front-loader ... one of the smaller Maytag Neptune models. It can wash 16 pairs of jeans, though. Now, if only I had that many! LOL

I love Sensible Chic, too ... and reDesign. Personally, though, I think I could use a housecall from the Mission: Organization team! LOL


Thora - Jul 2, 2005 7:33 pm (#1152 of 2963)

Currently, my favorite lip color is called 'aztec sandstone' and my blusher is 'warm copper,'- Chemyst

Ooooh excellent colors. You have excellent taste.

Finn, best wishes for your cousin.

Veronica, congratulations on the job and new glasses.

Congrats to Betty's baby, girl you are one busy lady.

Prof. Sprout, you look fabulous! I love the way the skirt lays so perfectly, mmmm I love gowns.

Well we've been having a bit of an extreme makeover at our house, okay so Mr. Thora and I are halfway through putting up a fence, but it's turning out well! We're enclosing part of our massive back yard as a play yard for the kids, so I can let them out the back door into it.  We also were given a couch to replace our old one that was falling apart. It doesn't coordinate as well, but it'll do until the kids are old enough not to ruin furniture and we can afford a new set. Never turn down good free furniture, that's me.

Well I'm off to nurse my aches and pains, it's nice though to be sore from a hard days manual labor. I kind of miss that feeling.

Oh and who ever invented chain link fence was a genius, plain and simple the stuff is extraordinary.



boop - Jul 2, 2005 7:33 pm (#1153 of 2963)

The wedding was beautiful. MY daughter looked beautiful in her wedding dress. I didn't see my daughter's dress until today. Tommy, my new son in law looked rather handsome. It was an outside wedding down by the river, beautiful place for a wedding. The flowers were blue, pink, purple, yellow. I will try and put a new picture up with the wedding party,. Thank you to everyone that let me share my special day with you. Good night hugs Betty


Eponine - Jul 2, 2005 7:34 pm (#1154 of 2963)

My niece loves Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She calls it the Family Home Show, and she tries to cry at the end. It's extremely fake crying, but it's cute.

I like Designed to Sell, Sensible Chic (although I'm shocked at how much the designer rooms costs) and other shows like that. I'm hooked on HGTV and some shows on the Food Network (Good Eats)

We're going to DC for a few days, and we might get to see the fireworks on the 4th. I'm looking forward to the Shakespeare Library the most this time, as it's the only thing I haven't done, and I love Shakespeare.

Well, I hope everyone's having a great day! (Less than 2 weeks!)


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 2, 2005 7:38 pm (#1155 of 2963)

Mandy, I remember the days when my husband and I had no cable, just antenna tv. It was called "early marriage" and I still remember it fondly. It was Us vs. the Cablers.

I think everyone is entitled to their tv show indulgences. That said, I'll admit to an on-again off-again love affair with The Bold and the Beautiful. Has anyone seen Hunter Tylo's lips since they raised her from the dead? I've seen ducks with more expression.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 2, 2005 9:45 pm (#1156 of 2963)

The wedding was beautiful. MY daughter look beautiful in her wedding dress. – Boop

Of course she did. It is a fact of life that all brides and newborn babies are, by definition, beautiful. (Miss Manners said that so it is the gospel truth.) I know you're just beside yourself this month. Wedding, HBP and then the Gathering. Eeek. I might have been forced to persuade my daughter to set another date. Or at least try. Who could possibly stand so much fun and excitement in one month?

I'm visiting friends in Virginia Beach this weekend and just popping on here. I was persuaded to help my "friend" with a "bit" of landscaping today which turned out to involve moving and spreading 40 bags of River Rock. (That's like Pea Gravel, but slightly bigger stones.) Thus, I have been keeping the cold compresses all to myself to wipe sweat from my weary brow. (Manual labor? How did this happen? I haven't been seen sweating --as opposed to "perspiring"-- in more than a decade. I seem to be getting snookered a lot lately ) I'm staying with other friends tomorrow. The worst I'll have to do there is change a diaper or two. So, since I used all the compresses today, Catherine will just have to settle for a butterbeer. ***hands Catherine butterbeer***

That said, I'll admit to an on-again off-again love affair with The Bold and the Beautiful.—Kim

Ha! I mean ***snicker** Hehe. Actually, I'll admit to remembering when that one actually first came on the air. I remember thinking what weird names the characters all had: Hunter, Thorn, Brooke, etc. Today, these carry little sense of the exotic and approach the commonplace.

The days of no cable were "early life" for me. It wasn't until I was well into college that Adelphia felt that there were enough residents on my rural road to warrant service. I'm sure this keen sense of business acumen and concern for the "little guy" will continue to serve the company's founders and executives extremely well in their future endeavors.

Happy Fourth Everyone!!!


Solitaire - Jul 2, 2005 10:11 pm (#1157 of 2963)

LOL Lupin is Lupin! You need to meet my mom. She is a diehard soap fan ... all of the CBS ones. She has "watched" As The World Turns and Guiding Light since they were on radio. She has been in on B&B and Y&L since the day each of them made its debut. If you have any questions about any of the characters' past lives or incarnations, she is your girl! (I'm not kidding. She tapes them every day and has not missed a single episode!)



The giant squid - Jul 2, 2005 11:07 pm (#1158 of 2963)

I just don't want people to forget all of the good things about the show—Mandy

Oh, we're not knocking the show itself, or the ideal behind it (at least I'm not). But as you yourself admitted, a $44K fish tank is a bit much!

Congrats on the new washer, Soli! If your old one was 10 years old, even if it looked like new you'll be amazed at how much less water this one uses. Front loaders especially are much more efficient--you just have to get used to that door on the front & stop whacking your knee on it as you go by...

Manual labor? How did this happen?--Loopy Lupin

You have no idea... Seriously, your weekend sounds like an abbreviated version of the last 3 months for me. There has been entirely too much perspiration in the Squid household--above and beyond that caused by the 100+ temps (38+ for you Celcius types). Bleh. Of course, the wife has just one more planter to finish before we give it up for the summer. We're hoping we can get it done tomorrow; all the pieces are there, we just need to get them together before heatstroke sets in.



Solitaire - Jul 2, 2005 11:14 pm (#1159 of 2963)

Thanks, Mike. The old one was at least 22 years old (that's how long I've had it), so the new one should really be nice. Also, the oldie has an up-and-down gyrator, which is easier on the clothes but (I found out) does not clean as well. So ... I am looking forward to those brighter whites!



Ydnam96 - Jul 2, 2005 11:21 pm (#1160 of 2963)

Oh, I totally agree. A $44K fish tank is something a state pays for and then charges admission

So I've been watching Back to the Future's all day long. I really like 1 and 3...2 is not my favorite. Anyone else feel that way? I've had a very nostalgic weekend (well Thursday night, Friday and Saturday). I've watched Karate Kid (1,2,3, and 4), Star Wars IV, and Back to the Future 1 and 3. Makes me feel like a little kid again.

I was so proud last night, one of my Resident Assistants (the people I supervise at my job) was over for dinner and I introduced her to the Lexicon and the Forum. She is a Harry Potter fan but had no idea about the WWW world of HP! I showed her mugglenet and the Chamber of Secrets forum, and the Floo Network. I haven't talked to her yet, but she seemed pretty excited about all the new "worlds" to explore. I feel bad, she has to work on "THE NIGHT" so she is having her book delivered to her house on Saturday. I will probably have it read by then. Yay!

My Barnes and Nobels has it all planned- I went by there yesterday and got their info sheet. We have to show up at 6 to get a wrist band. If you pre-ordered you get yellow. If you didn't you get Orange. Yellows get to line up first.

I'm sooo excited Smile Yay.


lemonbalm&bees - Jul 3, 2005 3:11 am (#1161 of 2963)

A huge salt water tank as a dividing wall?!? You could not get me to stay in that house. Call me crazy, but I have nightmares of saltwater fish tanks. It’s not that I’m necessarily scared of them in real life, but for some reason, they are part of some of my worst dreams. (Those huge savage looking dull colored fish in the murky water… sometimes they float out of the tank and swim around me in the air. Yleeeeecchhhh!)

Loopy- enjoy Va Beach. I know it has no business being the tourist destination that it supposedly is, but for all that it’s not a bad city… I’ve got some fond memories of that place, almost none of which occurred at the tourist-packed oceanfront on a summer night.

Mandy- coincidence! I just got back from watching Back to the Future II with some friends. I had not seen any of the movies in their entirety, so I am being systematically “educated.” We’ll see how I like #3…

Less than two weeks… I’m going to love breaking in that spine…


Chemyst - Jul 3, 2005 6:02 am (#1162 of 2963)

Weddings –
Nice pictures prof sprout. (Please tell me you didn't have to hold the kick pose too long.) ...and congratulations.
Boop,   urm... "congratulations" isn't the exact word I'm looking for, but I wish you some sort of closely-akin-to-it joy.

Oh my goodness! Loopy knows the names of B&B characters?!?  

A $44K fish tank is something a state pays for and then charges admission – Mandy
... dull colored fish in the murky water… lemonb&b
     You were probably just indulging in hyperbole, and I'm sorry if I come off as picky, but my accuracy-in-details compulsion is struggling to surface. A 700 gallon tank is something more likely to be found in a bar or restaurant resort. Big public aquariums such as the John G. Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium in Chicago have about 4.5 million gallons. The one opening in Atlanta at the end of the year will be 5 million gallons and has a construction cost close to 200 million. (Do I need to do the math for cost/gallon? Nah.) Saltwater tanks are neither murky nor full of dull fish. Properly run, they are pristine clear and the fish glow brighter than neon lights. More work, more cost, more color.  (Maybe you had a swamp tank dream.) And the state doesn't really pay for it, they tax you for it– then charge admission.


Eponine - Jul 3, 2005 7:07 am (#1163 of 2963)

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is gorgeous. They just opened a new saltwater building, and according to my sister, it's really nice. They have a butterfly garden in the new addition, and my niece loved it.


Denise P. - Jul 3, 2005 7:14 am (#1164 of 2963)

We have not been down to the TN Aquarium in a few years but it is very gorgeous. They had a salt water tank last time we were there, nifty cool. If you have ever visited the Montery Bay Aquarium, the TN one was designed and built by the same people. I have been to both and they are equally neat. My kids want to go to the TN one again but that won't happen this summer.

Salt water tanks are gorgeous, very pretty fish in them. If I was ever inclined to get a fish tank, I would want a salt water one despite the delicate nature of them.


Catherine - Jul 3, 2005 9:00 am (#1165 of 2963)

Saltwater tanks require a lot more expense, work and patience initially, but if done properly, they are their own little ecosystem and maintain their own balance. They are very colorful and interesting to observe.

Mr. Catherine had to "cycle" his water for almost two months with the live rock and sand before he added snails and shrimp, and then added some inexpensive "starter" fish. We've had a few run-ins with some hairy algae, but adding more "clean up crew" to the tank solved that problem. A saltwater tank is not for someone who needs "instant gratification;" it's more of an evolving project best taken a step at a time.

Pretty much, Mr. Catherine scrapes the sides of the tank every week, the herbivorous and omnivorous fish eat the scrapings and any algae that grow, and he siphons out some water (about 10 gallons) every week to 10 days and replaces it with clean water.

That's all he does except rinse out the filter (:holds nose:) every so often. I wouldn't want to understate the amount of time we spent getting it going, but now it rather takes care of itself .


Penny Lane. - Jul 3, 2005 11:52 am (#1166 of 2963)

I much prefer 'salt water' tanks to freshwater. Even exotic freshwater fish don't have as much color as a marine aquarium, and (in my home anyway) tend to die off faster. Also, the large aquarium we had at our old house for some reason could not maintain that balance. we were constantly adding plants and fish to replace the dead ones But, the smaller saltwater tank could. Also, it was prettier. I don't really have any comment on the fish tank being installed on Extreme Home makeover, but if they like it, more power to them. They got lucky. But, I can also see where everyone else is coming from. That money could have been used to fix up lots of houses for people who have nothing.

I'm not a huge fan of Extreme Home Makeover, I much prefer shows that make me laugh or think than cry. Also, I have this strange bias against Ty.

Great. Now I want to go to Shedd's aquarium.


VeronikaG - Jul 3, 2005 1:44 pm (#1167 of 2963)

Thanks for all the congratulations!

Finn, don't worry about it. I wouldn't hold a small thing like that against a guy who's almost Norwegian (Finn Vigeland sounds awfully Norwegian to me.)

And about the "regret" my boss had, it was a joke. He was making me think I hadn't gotten the job, then to drop the good news on me.

Speaking about loud inconsiderate neighbours as somebody had. Ours sounded like they tried to kill each other off last night. They threw a little family fight.... uh, party. I can't understand why they keep having them, they all end in misery.

Congratulations on your daughter's wedding Boop!

Lina, I'm sure Veronika will forgive you for transferring her.


Finn BV - Jul 3, 2005 2:15 pm (#1168 of 2963)

Veronika, I am Norwegian. (And Irish, too.) Just that my ancestors are. Only my Norwegian grandfather is the first generation American. I was born in Buffalo, NY, and have lived in Westchester, NY, my whole life, but have pure traces (and proud ones, at that) of Norwegian blood. (This is completely random, but on Friday somebody asked me, "Where are you from?" and I said, "Norway and Ireland," and he said, "So you're Irish and… Norwish?" It was very funny. )

More visits to the hospital today to see my cousin today. I think he understands what's going on now, and he seems much better. Things seem to be turning in the right direction.

Did anybody watch Wimbledon? I tried to sneak in and out of the hospital room to the TV in the hall. I have to admit, I was hoping for Americans to take both the men and the ladies' titles, but you have to give it to Roger Federer. He is truly exceptional. Every shot, it seems like he planned it ages before. Now I have the tedious task of updating my web page…

Everybody have a great Fourth, and a happy belated Canada Day to all you Mounties!


Stephanie M. - Jul 3, 2005 2:56 pm (#1169 of 2963)

Finn, I'm soo glad to hear that things seem to be going in the right direction with your cousin!

Today has been a very strange day because no one is in the City. I saw the musical 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'. It was sooo funny!!! I just came back and at 6:40 Eastern Time I'm going to a Japanese restaurant. Then who knows! It's been a very random day. Now I'm watching the Food Network.


timrew - Jul 3, 2005 3:12 pm (#1170 of 2963)

fbv807 - I'm half German, half Irish - I guess that makes me Germish. :goofygrin:


Solitaire - Jul 3, 2005 3:21 pm (#1171 of 2963)

Grrrrr!! I think I may scream! My new washer and dryer were supposed to be here at 9 a.m. It is past 3 and they are STILL not here! I've been on the phone with Lowe's and ironed out the original problem (they forgot to put me on the list) ... then I learned that they did not have the dryer in stock, so it will be brought from the store across town and delivered on Tuesday.

The last call I had from the store said the washer should be here in thirty minutes. That would have been about 45 minutes ago. I am trying to allow for a slow install on the previous customer ... but I am LOSING MY PATIENCE!!!

Thanks, I needed to explode to someone.



Catherine - Jul 3, 2005 3:46 pm (#1172 of 2963)

I guess that makes me Germish. –Timrew

Thanks for giggle, Tim.

Solitaire, I'm sure you are so frustrated. I plan to send a curse to Lowe's when I find a big enough envelope.

I had a funny moment today. Hayley has been calling "Independence Day" by another name entirely..."in appendix day."

So, we're getting ready to celebrate our appendices.

Happy Sunday.


Denise P. - Jul 3, 2005 5:27 pm (#1173 of 2963)

We have a loaner dog for the next week. Blue is a little mixed breed dog, maybe 15 lbs. Kierynn, the 2 year old who routinely will shove a milk bone into the mouths of 2 +100 lb Rottweilers and push them out of her way, screams like this little bitty dog is going to rip her to shreds anytime she looks at her. It has been 2 hours and finally Kierynn has calmed down enough to pet the dog. It just amazes me that she is not afraid of the dogs that are HUGE compared to her but is terrified of the small dog...go figure.


Catherine - Jul 3, 2005 5:47 pm (#1174 of 2963)

It just amazes me that she is not afraid of the dogs that are HUGE compared to her but is terrified of the small dog...go figure. –Denise

I deal with this all of the time. Kids claim to be scared of my dogs, who will do nothing more than lick peanut butter or popsicle juice off of them.

Neither of my dogs has ever even "mouthed" a person with their teeth, yet I hear all the time how vicious little dogs are.

I think it's all what you are used to. Kierynn probably doesn't even know that the small one is a dog, LOL.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 3, 2005 7:36 pm (#1175 of 2963)

fbv, I watched the Wimbledon final today. Federer is just too good. It was so inspiring that I actually played tennis for about the twentieth time in my life later in the day.

Tim, I'm Germish, too, although in my case the ish comes from Scottish.


Ydnam96 - Jul 3, 2005 8:03 pm (#1176 of 2963)

Catherine, I love that appendix day. It's like holy mattress mony Smile How cute.

Hey, I think I might be able to beat you all as far as heritage goes. My mom is into genealogy so she's done our family tree to the nth degree. I'm part English, German, French-Canadian, Scottish (Campbell clan), and Native American (Lakota). I think there's also some Norman influence in our family as well. (I just don't remember what my mom said about that). So what would you call that mix? Heinz 57?

Umm...I have an upset stomach from too many black cherries. They were so yummy I ate too many. Oh well, it's not everyday of the year you can find cheap black cherries. They were only $.99 a lb!

Denise, I hope that Keriynn gets more comfortable with the dog since you'll have him all week! Sometimes animal fears can be totally random.

Well Happy 4th to you all, and good luck to anyone who's gonna try and see the comet thing tonight!


boop - Jul 3, 2005 9:37 pm (#1177 of 2963)

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!! Have a safe and great day.

hugs always



Elanor - Jul 3, 2005 9:58 pm (#1178 of 2963)

Boop, the picture of the wedding is lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Genealogy? Well, if I look at my grand-parents, I am 3/4 south Burgundian (my family lived here for centuries) and 1/4 Alsacian, which makes me... French-French! LOL!

Happy 4th of July!


Ydnam96 - Jul 3, 2005 10:06 pm (#1179 of 2963)

Elanor, that must be cool. I have often found myself wishing I were more of one thing or another so I could say that I'm this. And be able to look back at family/cultural traditions and such. There's not really anything for me to look back to, at least not enough to "claim". I mean, my Lakota backgroud is 8 generations back. That's like 1/384 % I think.

Anyway, I think it is pretty cool to be able to claim a specific heritage.


The giant squid - Jul 4, 2005 1:18 am (#1180 of 2963)

So I've been watching Back to the Future's all day long. I really like 1 and 3...2 is not my favorite.--Ydnam96

Back to the Future 2 is really only good when watched with Back to the Future 3--they were filmed back-to-back and it kinda shows. The second one just feels like an incomplete story to me, while still being especially cluttered. The third one is a lot more coherent (so you have something to look forward to, lemonbalm ).

As for geneology, mine is much like Mandy's as well. I'm mostly Irish (my father is 4th generation from Ireland), but my mom's side has German, Irish, English, French, Prussian, Swiss... Basically, my family is of European descent. Supposedly I'm descended of William of Orange, which would put me in line for the throne, providing all of England, most of France & Germany and a good chunk of the U.S. were to suddenly drop dead.  

--Mike king


Catherine - Jul 4, 2005 4:13 am (#1181 of 2963)

Happy 4th of July!

Thanks for sharing the photo of the wedding, Betty. I wish everyone much happiness.

Have a safe and fun day, everyone.


Lina  - Jul 4, 2005 4:18 am (#1182 of 2963)

Well, Mandy, if this could help you, when you don't know what your heritage would be, you always have the option to choose one. My great great grandparents had a very simple philosophy: he was Croatian and she was Italian. They had 16 children and all the boys were Croatian with Croatian names while all the girls were Italian with Italian names. Following this line, my grandmother was Italian and in fact, her first language was Italian. She fell in love and married a German. Their children turned out to be Croatian, since they were born and have lived in Croatia. The fact is that in spite of their Italian and German heritage, my mum and her sister, really feel like Croatian.

Great picture, Betty! Thank you!

Veronika, thank you for comforting me. It sounds as if your boss is a pleasant person to work with, with a sense of humor. Good for you!

Happy 4th of July to all the American forumers!


Ponine - Jul 4, 2005 5:54 am (#1183 of 2963)

Happy fourth of July to all those who celebrate it!! And of course, I wish the rest of you an equally happy day Smile and Lina - I had no idea that Dalmatians came from your neck of the woods - that is so cool! I swear, this place is so educational Smile Smiles and hugs Smile


Snuffles - Jul 4, 2005 7:01 am (#1184 of 2963)

Happy 4th July to all it applies to, and everyone else, hope you have a good Monday.



Denise P. - Jul 4, 2005 7:23 am (#1185 of 2963)

The internet is so grand! Mr. Denise decided to order a coffee mug from a radio show he listens to. He kept getting an error message that the server timed out so he tried it again (and again and again). The order went through eventually....as did every attempt he tried! We were over charged $104 for 4 extra mugs even though only one went through and was confirmed. Yeesh....and of course, it is a holiday today so I can't do anything AND the site doesn't have a phone support number, just an email address. Now, I like the show as much as he does but I really don't want a matching set of $26 coffee mugs!


Chemyst - Jul 4, 2005 9:27 am (#1186 of 2963)

Boop, what a great wedding picture. I hadn't planned on posting just now, I'd just found an odd few minutes to spare and thought I'd try and stay on top of the number of chat thread posts. But I wanted to comment on the great photo.

Well, now that I'm here...   I actually remember learning to be afraid of dogs; it is one of my earliest memories. I was just standing and looking at a blonde cocker spaniel. I remember not knowing what to think – slow processor or something, I guess. Suddenly my mother swooped in and picked me up. It was only after she was holding me that I decided to be afraid of it and started crying. Go figure... she triggered what she was trying to prevent.


Elanor - Jul 4, 2005 12:56 pm (#1187 of 2963)

Ydnam: "Elanor, that must be cool. I have often found myself wishing I were more of one thing or another so I could say that I'm this."

Well, it is true that to know where your roots are is somehow reassuring. I can visit the cemetary of a village near here and know I am related to half of its "inhabitants". And I know only a very small part of the cousins I have in the region. But it is really lacking of originality! At least nowadays because, when my grand-mother married an Alsacian, people here used to think it was weird because he came from another region and his name sounded German; it was a bit too "exotic" for them! Anyway, I wish I could say I had a Lakota great grand-father, it must be cool too!

Squid Mike:"Supposedly I'm descended of William of Orange, which would put me in line for the throne, providing all of England, most of France & Germany and a good chunk of the U.S. ".

Shouldn't we call you "Your Squidness" from now on then? (pronounced with Threepio's accent of course!) **ducking for avoiding dungbombs**

Lina, your great great grand-parents were really wise! LOL!

BTW, I remember you all talking about "Lost" a lot and it has finally started here! I've seen the first 6 episodes so far and it is great, though each time I see Dominic Monaghan, I wonder where Pippin is...

Have a great day everybody! And guess what? Tomorrow is the last day of school here! Yeah!!!!


Stephanie M. - Jul 4, 2005 1:50 pm (#1188 of 2963)

Happy 4th Everyone!!!!

Last night I rented Batman and Batman Returns. I watched them both and finished at 2:16 AM. Eastern time. Then today I went out and saw Batman Begins. All of them were amazing!!! Especially Batman Begins. Now I got to go and rent the rest of them.


Marè - Jul 4, 2005 1:58 pm (#1189 of 2963)

Supposedly I'm descended of William of Orange, which would put me in line for the throne . . .

You are aware of the fact that there have been eleven William of Oranges so far? Only viceroy William the third became king of England (that was before the Oranges became the ruling royalty of the Netherlands) but he died childless.
And number twelve will become king William the fourth in a few years. (His second daughter got born last week, princess Alexia)

And as for small dogs, I can understand your daughter perfectly Denise. I don't like small dogs too. What if they sneak up on you and bite in your ankles without you seeing them coming? I prefer big dogs as well.

Enjoy your last day of school Elanor, and enjoy your vacation even more!


Catherine - Jul 4, 2005 2:16 pm (#1190 of 2963)

And as for small dogs, I can understand your daughter perfectly Denise.—Mare

Daisy and Phoebe are pouting at this!

Yay for your last day, Elanor.

We've had a fun day. Off to see fireworks on the town common tonight. It would be nice if the weather would cool off a bit, but I'm not optimistic about that.

Have a good evening!

*bows to His Squidness*  king


timrew - Jul 4, 2005 2:23 pm (#1191 of 2963)

LOL, I Am Used Vlad. Us Germish folks should stick together!

From what I've read recently on this thread, I guess most of us are 'Mudbloods', except Elanor, who is French through and through!

Apart from my Irish Mum and German Dad, I also had a Polish grandad and a Welsh brother. In fact, I was the only person born in England in my whole family until my sister came along: and she's 21 years younger than me!


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 4, 2005 6:00 pm (#1192 of 2963)

I am not pure-blooded Germish, either. A lot of of my family tree gets lost in the woods (literally) once you go back several generations. Who knows, I might be closer to the throne than the Giant Squid.


Gina R Snape - Jul 4, 2005 6:49 pm (#1193 of 2963)

I'm not Germish. I'm half European Jewish (Russian/Polish) and half Puerto Rican. Most people usually say that makes me Juan Epstein.


Catherine - Jul 4, 2005 7:05 pm (#1194 of 2963)

Aw, no one could mistake you for a cast member of Wecome back, Kotter, Gina.

My age is showing that I remember who Juan Epstein is.



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 4, 2005 7:22 pm (#1195 of 2963)

Yes, Catherine but do you have a note?


Penny Lane. - Jul 4, 2005 7:33 pm (#1196 of 2963)

Hey, I got the Juan Epstein joke, and the note joke, and I'm not as old as you guys. BTW, "Welcome Back Kotter" was recently released on DVD. I can't decide if I actually want it, or if I will be disappointed that a show that I grew up watching on Nick at Night will turn out to be.. not as great as I remembered.

My Ancestors are Polish, Welsh, Irish, British, and I think a tiny bit German. But the German is all speculation.


Denise P. - Jul 4, 2005 7:46 pm (#1197 of 2963)

You know, much as I should never admit this....I used to be able imitate Horseshack's laugh. Granted, I was 11 at the time but I could do it. I happened to catch a partial rerun of the show not that long ago...surely I can't be the only one who just cringed and hastily changed channels.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 4, 2005 8:04 pm (#1198 of 2963)

I avoid that show, too, Denise. But I am in no way claiming the moral high ground, as I have every intention of watching The Dukes of Hazzard movie this summer.


Gina R Snape - Jul 4, 2005 8:06 pm (#1199 of 2963)

I dunno. I liked the show. No soft spot for Mista Kah-tair?

At least, it's fun to see how much John Travolta has changed over the years, and just how big someone can grow a 'fro.


Denise P. - Jul 4, 2005 8:11 pm (#1200 of 2963)

Gina, I liked the show when it was on. It is just now, almost 30 years later, that I cringe when I see it. I had a shirt that said "Up your nose with a rubber hose!" spelled out in rhinestones LOL Now, how 70's can you be?

Sam, I will be passing on the Dukes of Hazzard movie, for many reasons. I am looking forward to Serenity though, based on the cancelled TV show, Firefly Apple has a trailer up for it and it looks very good. I had rented the DVDs but I may end buying them because I liked the show so much.
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 4, 2005 8:18 pm (#1201 of 2963)

I am looking forward to Serenity though, based on the cancelled TV show, Firefly Apple has a trailer up for it and it looks very good.---Denise P.

Joss Whedon is a genius. I need to get the Firefly episodes so I'll be all caught up for Serenity.

[Still mourning the loss of Buffy ]


Gina R Snape - Jul 4, 2005 8:28 pm (#1202 of 2963)

Dukes seems like a real 'renter' to me. Or maybe even something to flip over when it hits cable. I'm amused by the camp value of the film, but I was never a big fan of the show and I'm not a fan of Jessica Simpson.

I wonder if the President of the Dukes of Hazard Fan Club (from Beauty and the Geek) will try and get a tie-in of any kind. I guess it depends on how much of a geek he is, and whether or not he's now got a crafty agent.


Penny Lane. - Jul 4, 2005 9:43 pm (#1203 of 2963)

Denise, I am also a fan of "Firefly". I borrowed the DVDs from a friend last semester and my roommate and I watched them all back to back. That was a fun night/day. I can't decide if I want to buy them myself though, as the 14 episodes cost the same as most 22 episode shows. Also, I have such a long list of TV shows on DVD to buy... Futurama, Firefly, the rest of BtVS and Angel, Roswell ... The list goes on. I'm really a very sad individual.

I am not planning on seeing Dukes of Hazzard, although I do remember the show. I'm not a fan of either the show or Jessica Simpson. I had quite enough of her last semester with my roommate forcing me to watch that MTV show of hers.

Well, It's 12:45 and there are still kids running and screaming and lighting illegal fireworks in the parking lot. If they don't stop by 1, I think I will make a few angry phone calls to our building manager and/or the police.


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 4, 2005 10:23 pm (#1204 of 2963)

Happy 4th to those still in that time zones.

“Up your nose with a rubber hose, “  I just loved saying the name Juan Epstein. oh the memories!

Oh so many congratulations, Veronica, Betty, Prof Sprout. The wedding gowns were beautiful. It's flattering getting job offers too.

My hubby hates crowds and abhors loud noises but I wanted to a have a special Independence Day celebration. So first I made the kids sing all the patriotic songs, then I bought an Aaron Copeland CD. It has all his top Americana hits, Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, Hoe-down, Rodeo.

Between dinner and dessert I had husband read the "Declaration of Independence". The kids, I think, were mostly baffled. Anastasia ran from the room half way through the reading and wouldn't come back until he finished. All they were interested in was seeing fireworks. Oh well!

Sometime ago there was discussion on the national anthem. One of my favorite memories of a misspent 4th was the one I spent in London. I did little research before going and didn't know anyone there. When the 4th came, I figured no problem I'll go to a park and find a celebration with hot dogs hamburgers and fire works. uhm, no!

I went to a ballet at about that time, I was feeling a bit homesick. Just before the show started everyone got up and started singing "America". Boy did that make me feel comforted, but I was baffled because this was a British production with British and Russian dancers. After a while, I notice that while I was singing "America, G-d his grace on thee..." everyone else was singing other words. When I listened I heard "G-d save the Queen". Ohhhhh, oops.

Edit: Did you notice that book 7 is now on the home page?

No but I will look for it Solitaire



Solitaire - Jul 4, 2005 10:31 pm (#1205 of 2963)

Lots of illegals are still being fired off within about a mile radius of me, as well ... but I hear no running and screaming. Actually, the illegal fireworks look rather pretty against the clear black sky. Some of us are wondering if the firemen are shooting them up, since they appear to be coming from that area ... about a quarter mile away! Well, some do, anyway. Fireworks are being fired in all directions.

My neighbors set off about an hour's worth of the legal kind in the street. I went out and watched. Afterwards they got out big brooms and swept the area, as they always do, and everyone retired for the night. I'm lucky ... I live on a really nice street! Probably the only people who will complain are the ones who resurfaced the street the last few days. There is a big spot in the middle of the road!



Solitaire - Jul 4, 2005 10:37 pm (#1206 of 2963)

Mrs. Sirius, have you ever read Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz? It's a short autobiography, and one of the most memorable episodes involves the young American girl being required to sing the British national anthem in the school she attends in China. After your own experience, you might enjoy hers.



The giant squid - Jul 5, 2005 12:32 am (#1207 of 2963)

Now I got to go and rent the rest of them.--Stephanie M.


Well, okay, you can, but expect to be disappointed. Batman Forever was all about Jim Carrey & Tommy Lee Jones' characters, with Batman as a bit player (kinda like "Superman III, starrring Richard Pryor") and Batman & Robin is, by all accounts, pure garbage. It has a few good moments, but they are very few...

Mare, I was not aware of the proliferation of Williams of Orange (is that the right way to pluralize that?). I'll have to check with my mom (the genealogist of the family) to find out which one we're connected to.

Yes, Catherine but do you have a note?—Catherine

Ooh! Ooh! Lump me in with the folks that loved Welcome Back, Kotter when it originally aired, but would rather listen to fingernails on a chalkboard that have to watch it now. Although, for some reason I can't stop watching M*A*S*H* reruns, even though I've seen every episode of every season at least 7 times...



septentrion - Jul 5, 2005 12:52 am (#1208 of 2963)

Hello all !

I haven't been around for a while. Just to let you know I'm fine with that silly grin plastered on my face all the time thinking we'll soon have HBP.

Happy birthdays, congratulations, and virtual hugs for all who need it !


Catherine - Jul 5, 2005 5:18 am (#1209 of 2963)

Yes, Catherine but do you have a note? -Lupin is Lupin

I'm so confused.

*waves to everyone and copying Septentrion's silly grin!*

Have a great Tuesday.


Good Evans - Jul 5, 2005 5:39 am (#1210 of 2963)

LOL Mrs Sirius, can I recount a topsy-turvy of that story, when I lived in the US.   I was in elementary school and we all said the pledge of allegiance at the start of each day. Being English of course I simply stood as a mark of respect. We had a substitute Teacher one day who markedly stated after about a five minute delay of us all standing there, "we will wait until ALL of us are standing correctly with our hand on our heart". Everyone looked round, and couldn't work out who she meant, as they were perfectly at ease with my presence in the class. Eventually she came and stood next to me and reached for my arm, at this I promptly explained I wasn't American, burst in to tears and fled the room. She did apologise much later, but I was glad that we didn't have her substitute in my class again. I suspect however, her embarrassment was far more than mine, as my classmates apparently gave her quite a hard time!!!

With regards to "purebloods", I am descended wholly from English ancestry (Norfolk anglo saxons and Lancastrians)so I am with Elanor   Does this make us prime candidates to be sorted in to Slytherin.... nah... we both love all the "mixed up types" (can't bring myself to say mudblood) that are on the forum!

have a good day everyone


Loopy Lupin - Jul 5, 2005 6:31 am (#1211 of 2963)

Yes, Catherine but do you have a note? -Lupin is Lupin

I'm so confused. – Catherine

Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom........

Well, I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!! After all my hard work on Saturday, I hit the beach two days in a row. Took the nieces and nephews to Batman Begins. I liked it, but I must say that we need a new movie rating. The stuff that gets put into a PG-13 movie. Sheesh. The gap between PG and PG-13 is extremely wide whereas the gap between PG-13 and R is pretty skimpy.

Have a good rest of the week all.


Thora - Jul 5, 2005 7:11 am (#1212 of 2963)

We too had people putting off fireworks late into the night, we thought they would stop once the rain started at 11ish, but no, they went back out after it stopped.

At least I had some fond thoughts of the fireworks in OotP to cheer me.

A very tired Thora


Ydnam96 - Jul 5, 2005 7:44 am (#1213 of 2963)

I had a good fourth. Went swimming and had a BBQ with a bunch of friends. But we too had tons of people setting off fireworks, both legal and not. They went on all night...at least I fell asleep to them. Then at 5:30 this morning there were more! There were so many fireworks here last night that when you look outside there smoke everywhere. That's a lot of fireworks!

Needless to say I'm tired and slightly sunburned. But it was still a good day.

Soon we'll be into the single digits for HBP


Marè - Jul 5, 2005 8:14 am (#1214 of 2963)

There were so many fireworks here last night that when you look outside there smoke everywhere. That's a lot of fireworks!

The last time that happened to me, it turned out the supermarket was burning down... fireworks in a stack of old paper...

Williams of Orange (is that the right way to pluralize that?).
It is in translation so I guess it will be in English too.

As for my bloodlines, as far as I can tell I'm simply Dutch. Although if you look at where my mother’s and my father’s father’s family comes from (which is near both the Belgium and the German border) and my surname (which sounds a bit German) it is quite possible that there might be some German or flamish ancestors far back in the line. I wouldn't know for sure though, I'm happily Dutch.

And as for my telephone, I'm quite happy with my nifty (free) phone with camera function (even though the pictures are to pixelated to recognise any-one). I don't wear a watch and I lost my last alarm clock in the move, so my phone has both these functions. Now if I would actually put all the phone numbers from my friends from my old to my new phone or, for that matter, send a mail to tell people I have a new number (for half a year now) I could start making phonecalls...

And last, I just saw one of your home make-over shows yesterday. They were rebuilding a house in mediterranean style. One thing is for certain, those people have not been to the mediterranean much... They painted the entire house poo coloured...

And very, very last (but not least) :waves: hi Sep, good to see you again!


Stephanie M. - Jul 5, 2005 9:23 am (#1215 of 2963)

I think I'll still rent the other Batman movies that I didn't rent because I just want to know what happens, and I really want to know the story behind Robin. But I'll watch it with EXTREMELY low expectations because whenever I watch or read something that I think will be bad, I'll walk out and say, "That was a lot better than I thought it would be, it wasn't that bad." But then when I look back at it I'll be thinking, "Yeah, that movie kinda was bad." So I don't know, I'll just have to see it for myself. I really, really liked the other movies though so I'll probably be disappointed. But O well, I still have to rent them and I have no idea when I'll actually do that.


Denise P. - Jul 5, 2005 9:52 am (#1216 of 2963)

Our local fireworks display started 30 minutes early, as opposed to last year when they started 30 minutes late. We got home at a very decent time so I shot off some stuff for the kids. I had a bunch of sparklers for them but we only used one box since someone, who shall remain nameless, decided to chase his sister, who is apprehensive of sparklers, with a lit sparkler. Since Devin was down in Nashville with a friend, I did save some stuff to shoot off this evening so he can take part. Perhaps a stern talking to will prevent a sparkler chasing incident again.

Batman movies, the only one I didn't like was the penguin one. Ick.


Marè - Jul 5, 2005 10:34 am (#1217 of 2963)

I saw the penguin one when I was little and had nightmares for the rest of the night. I think I got chased by those clowns or something. (evil clowns)

I am currently watching batman the animated series. I have the entire series (minus the third episode, don't know where that one went) and am currently at episode 63 of 85 episodes.

Stephanie, if you can find them somewhere, they tell Robin’s story very well too.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 5, 2005 10:51 am (#1218 of 2963)

...since someone, who shall remain nameless, decided to chase his sister, who is apprehensive of sparklers, with a lit sparkler.---Denise P.

Name him! Name him! (I'll take a WILD guess and say his name begins with the letter 'R'.)

Mare, is your avatar one of the drawings you did for Accio? It's spectacular!


Denise P. - Jul 5, 2005 11:01 am (#1219 of 2963)

Surprising even me, it was not the R named child. It is very much something Ryan would do but he was guilt-free in this case.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 5, 2005 11:04 am (#1220 of 2963)

***looks shocked*** It wasn't Ryan?!?! That can only mean one thing, his influence is spreading.


Penny Lane. - Jul 5, 2005 12:16 pm (#1221 of 2963)

I liked all the batman movies on first watch except for the 3rd or 4th one. That one I found to be boring and I entertained myself at the theatre by distracting my cousin who was staying with us at the time. On the first rewatch, I liked them all, but now I just can't sit through any of them except for, yes Denise, Return of Batman with the Penguin. I have never seen the first one though, so maybe that's why I don't mind Catwomen and Penguin guy. I am looking forward to renting Batman Begins - I just love Christian Bale, but I can't afford any trips to the movies at $10+ a ticket.

The loud neighbors ran out of firecrackers/fireworks around 1:30 last night. Then they played tag outside my window and were VERY loud and disrespectful. I don't have a problem with people being loud and having fun, but we do live in an complex that has quiet hours. Also, people like my parents needed to get up and go to work in the morning, and they could have moved to the otherside of the parking lot.


Stephanie M. - Jul 5, 2005 12:29 pm (#1222 of 2963)

Batman movies, the only one I didn't like was the penguin one. Ick.--Denise P.

Mr. Penguin was disgusting!!!! He had black blood!!

I think I got chased by those clowns or something. (evil clowns)—Maré

Clowns scare me sooo much!!!!!!! I have no idea why though. I have always been terrified of clowns. I can't believe in PoA the movie (I forgot who it was)There was a person whose greatest fear was snakes, and to make it, the Boggart, change into something funny she thought of a CLOWN in a JACK IN THE BOX!!! In case you haven't realized I find Jack in the Box a very creepy thing also. So that was not a fun seen. The only thing that I can think of that made me afraid of clowns was this TV show on Nickelodeon called "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and that show creeped me out! In the opening theme there was this Clown that looked like it was in an Attic. It scared me soo much! (I was also afraid of the dark, so this show was definaltely not for me. My sister loved "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"and I have no idea why, but she was a lot elder than me, I think I was 4 when the show was on and my sister was 8.) I also sucked my thumb and had a blanky (not blanket, it's name was blanky)and whenever I got scared I would hide under it, like the time I saw the movie ET and thought ET was under the sofa. Looking back I was really funny, I scared of everything and never wanting to leave my Mommy's side! LOL

Edit: Clowns are also my biggest fear. I went to a circus once, but I was an infant, and I refuse to go now. And I'm 13


Solitaire - Jul 5, 2005 1:30 pm (#1223 of 2963)

I can't afford any trips to the movies at $10+ a ticket ...

No kidding--especially when several kids around you are chatting loudly on their cell phones!

Stephanie, when I was a kid, I had a jack-in-the-box that played Pop! Goes the Weasel. I do not remember this, but my parents told me on more than one occasion that every time it popped out, I would cry.

I have never been too fond of clowns, either. I think it has to do with the fact that people can hide in clown makeup, and one has no idea who is "in there." If you don't believe me, watch The Greatest Show on Earth, with Jimmy Stewart as Buttons the Clown. He used the clown makeup to hide from the law for a crime--even though he was a basically decent guy. I still find the idea kind of creepy, though.



Denise P. - Jul 5, 2005 1:38 pm (#1224 of 2963)

Update on the 4 extra $26 coffee mugs....customer service got back with me and said only 1 will be charged. Seems that it failed AVS(?) each time except the one we got confirmed so all the extra charges should not go through. Of course, I plan to watch it to be SURE the extra ones don't go through but I was very pleased at how swiftly someone responded to me, and on a holiday!


Snuffles - Jul 5, 2005 1:46 pm (#1225 of 2963)

Does that mean you get to keep the other mugs free of charge Denise? if yes, then result!!!

Do they also have plates and cutlery? I'd try ordering them, with your luck you could end up with 4 dinner services and paying for only 1!!!



Denise P. - Jul 5, 2005 1:55 pm (#1226 of 2963)
Edited Jul 5, 2005 2:33 pm

Since we only got one confirmation email for 1 mug, I hope that we only get one mug. If, by some fluke, we get 5, I would send the others back. I really don't need 4 extra bright orange mugs with a sarcastic political statement on it LOL

I just found out that the SciFi Channel is going to be airing all 14 eps (plus 3 additional hours) of Firefly starting July 22! Woo hoo! Set your Tivos! They will be aired prior to new eps of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica.


Ydnam96 - Jul 5, 2005 2:47 pm (#1227 of 2963)

Oh how I miss the SciFi channel. sigh...Stargate: How I miss thee.


Penny Lane. - Jul 5, 2005 4:09 pm (#1228 of 2963)

Me too Ydnam96. Me too.


Marie E. - Jul 5, 2005 5:14 pm (#1229 of 2963)

I was going to tell SquidMike that he missed a few countries, but then he chickened out and just said "European". What a cop out! Actually, the William of Orange lineage has been disproven (is that the right word?) so we're just plain old Dutch and not royalty. Sigh. We are very, very distantly related to Lady Jane Grey's cousin Margaret Clifford. How's that?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 5, 2005 5:38 pm (#1230 of 2963)

I just found out that the SciFi Channel is going to be airing all 14 eps (plus 3 additional hours) of Firefly starting July 22! Woo hoo! Set your Tivos!---Denise P.


Seriously, are they going to air them weekly or daily over a 3 week period?


Denise P. - Jul 5, 2005 5:43 pm (#1231 of 2963)

According to their schedule, every Friday at 7 pm EST (I think it is EST)


The giant squid - Jul 5, 2005 7:03 pm (#1232 of 2963)

What a cop out!--Marie E.

No kidding--especially when several kids around you are chatting loudly on their cell phones!—Solitaire

Nope, you won't drag me back to that topic. Nuh-uh. Not gonna do it.



Catherine - Jul 5, 2005 7:25 pm (#1233 of 2963)
Edited Jul 6, 2005 4:27 am

Nope, you won't drag me back to that topic. Nuh-uh. Not gonna do it. --Squid Mike

Ooh! Ooh! Let me do it.

Well, OK, won't do it.

Let's just say, though, at the pool today that I heard what teen boys were saying on their phones about the girls their own age, and about moms my age.

Good thing I wasn't really listening,..

I need a cold compress, and I really hope that Loopy will share, versus my having to hunt one on my own.



Elanor - Jul 5, 2005 11:26 pm (#1234 of 2963)

HOLIDAYS!!!!!!! At last! Thanks for the wishes!

You would not believe how tired I feel. The kids at school have made sure that we won't forget them during the holidays... But the classroom is in order and nearly everything is ready for the return to school at the end of August so I'm going to have a chance to get my breath back eventually... and truly enjoy the final days before the HBP! (I would do with a cold compress too! )

Have a great night/day everybody! **waving to Septentrion, it's so good to see you here again!**


septentrion - Jul 6, 2005 4:55 am (#1235 of 2963)

Waves back to Elanor and Marè !

Congrats to London to make the 2012 Olympics ! People here are most disappointed (not me, I don't care that much about the Olympics) but hey, London is not so far away !


Chemyst - Jul 6, 2005 5:17 am (#1236 of 2963)

School may just be getting out for Elanor (happy summer, by the way) but here, it will be starting again in three weeks. So I was checking the net for my favorite Ward Lesson Plan book and I found they are carried by a company called Clean Sweep Supply for $3.90 USD...   so, on a whim I typed "cold compress" into their product search, and yes, they sell cold compresses for teachers & office workers too! ( $7.15 USD) Obviously headache creation is far more cost efficient than headache cure. And yes, they had 37 matching items under "brooms" as well, but none fly.


Finn BV - Jul 6, 2005 5:41 am (#1237 of 2963)

Yes, congrats to all of you Londoners who wanted the 2012 Olympics and if you didn't want them, well, too late now.

Welcome back, septentrion!

Elanor, enjoy the holidays! One thing you should do is to convince the school to start break earlier!

Anybody living in the New York Metropolitan Area who bought the NY Daily News today should look at page 16. At the bottom of page 4 I caught a glance of Rupert Grint, and the words "Is Harry's friend Ron the next to go? Page 16." And then they have full color pictures of the actors in the movies and the odds that they're going to die. (Dumbledore leads the list with 1-5, Then Hagrid, Ron/Molly/Arthur/Percy, Snape, Hermione, and then Harry.) I thought it was so cool! Ok, off to camp!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 6, 2005 6:20 am (#1238 of 2963)

I need a cold compress, and I really hope that Loopy will share, versus my having to hunt one on my own.—Catherine

There, there, Catherine. ****hands Catherine cold compress**** I know that your delicate ears must be in quite a state if you were accidently listening to teen boys talk on their cell phones. Oh, what the heck: ***hands Catherine butterbeer to boot***

The story sort of reminds me of Cuaron complaining about the clause in his POA contract which prevented him from swearing around the teenage cast. Apparently, his ears were the ones that needed protecting and not the other way around.

Nope, you won't drag me back to that topic. Nuh-uh. Not gonna do it.—Mike

Which topic? Cell phones? Or the absolutely outrageous ticket/concession prices? "Oh, looky, M&M's are on sale today for only $7.00!" "Free bag of twizzlers with every purchase totalling $44.00!"


S.E. Jones - Jul 6, 2005 8:31 am (#1239 of 2963)

--I just found out that the SciFi Channel is going to be airing all 14 eps (plus 3 additional hours) of Firefly starting July 22! Woo hoo! Set your Tivos! They will be aired prior to new eps of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica.—Denise

The new seasons of SG-1, Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica start July 15!!! We'll get them and HBP all in the same weekend... At least they'll give us something to take our minds off the fact that it's the Friday before the book comes out....


Susurro Notities - Jul 6, 2005 10:23 am (#1240 of 2963)

Hello  **waves**


Denise P. - Jul 6, 2005 10:37 am (#1241 of 2963)

Susurro! You are back, I had wondered just a few weeks ago how you were and if you would be joining us again. Welcome! Welcome!


Stephanie M. - Jul 6, 2005 11:19 am (#1242 of 2963)


9 DAYS!!!!!!


Gina R Snape - Jul 6, 2005 11:30 am (#1243 of 2963)

Oh, thanks for the heads up fbv807! I'll have to go check that today.

Congrats to London for winning the Olympic bid. I honestly did not want them to come to NYC. It's nothing against the athletes, but NYC is sooooooo crowded. I just can't imagine us hosting an international even as huge as that without exploding...


Elanor - Jul 6, 2005 12:25 pm (#1244 of 2963)

Congratulations to London too! I was a bit sad Paris wasn't chosen but I'm sure the Games will be great in London. What about Quidditch for the opening ceremony? That would be cool!

Thank you for the wishes about the holidays! They start later than yours but we'll go back to school later too. For me, school will start again on August 24th. It seems that each year the holidays are shorter. When I was a kid, school used to finish in the last week of June and to start again in the second week of September. You're right Finn, we should do something about that!

Less than 10 days now... Fortunately, I'm going to be very busy, that will help to wait. There is my brother's wedding on Saturday to prepare, the OotP reread to finish and the Tour de France that will reach the Alps during next week to watch. There is nothing like a good mountain stage to let off steam! er... when you're not on the bike, that is... If you have a chance to watch it, I recommend Wednesday 13th's stage, Courchevel-Briançon, 173 km in the Alps with formidable passes (the Madeleine, the Télégraphe, the Galibier pass...). That should be the most difficult stage this year and the fight between the leaders should be great!

Have a good day/night everybody!


Chemyst - Jul 6, 2005 12:27 pm (#1245 of 2963)

Hello Susurro. I was wondering, just last week, whatever became of the poster with the toasted papyrus font.


The giant squid - Jul 6, 2005 12:51 pm (#1246 of 2963)

Which topic? Cell phones? Or the absolutely outrageous ticket/concession prices?—Catherine

The cell phone thing. I'll ramble on about movie stuff 'til you're blue in the face.

Welcome back, Sussuro! We've had quite an influx of returning posters lately. Whatever could be the reason...?  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 2752390508  Speaking of which, has anyone heard from Lindsay/Sherbie Lemon recently? I've had a run of bad luck lately, so she must have gotten some good news...

(For the newer folks: Sherbie & I had a running joke about how our luck seemed to be the opposite of each others'. When something good happened to me, something bad happened to her & vice versa.)



Catherine - Jul 6, 2005 1:12 pm (#1247 of 2963)

Which topic? Cell phones? Or the absolutely outrageous ticket/concession prices?--Catherine –Mike

If I were a picker of nits, I would point out that Loopy actually said that, not me. I'm rather flattered to be confused with Loopy although I'm not sure that Loopy would want to be confused with me!

I saw War of the Worlds today, and in my opinion, that movie is more like rated "R" than "PG-13." I enjoyed it, but it was very intense. I also could not believe our theater charges $3 for a bottle of water. Yikes!

Welcome back to Susurro and the toasted papyrus!


Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2005 1:22 pm (#1248 of 2963)

Yes, welcome back, Susurro! We've missed your lovely avatar, font color, and insightful posts!

Well, we're home from a brief vacation over the Fourth weekend. Had a nice time although Baby Pince was sick the entire time. He spiked a fever from Saturday to Monday night. It's just so frustrating when little ones are miserable! We had to skip the Fourth of July parade and Ice Cream Social. He did enjoy the (*legal*) fireworks that Mr. Pince set off, except for the ones that made a howling scream noise -- at that, he decided he would retreat indoors! Our neighbors had a pig-roast party and had lots of people driving very fast and very loud cars in and out of our road all night, but at least the fireworks weren't too noisy. The dog could hear them, though, and she barked hysterically at each one, so we could keep up with when they were being fired off.

Denise, I have a theory why Keirynn is afraid of the little dogs -- they are on her eye-level and she can see their teeth! Maybe the big dogs are so big that she just sees their chest and legs -- not too dangerous, right? The 11-year-old son of a friend of ours got attacked by two pit bulls last week while he was fishing at a community pond -- it fortunately turned out to be only one bite on his leg, but now he is terrified of dogs and having nightmares. He has to do the whole rabies-shot thing because the dogs were illegal in his county, and so therefore not registered and had no records of immunization, etc. And the owner was a real peach who just drove to the pond, scooped up his dogs, and drove away with only a long threatening stare at the boy and his dad. Nice, huh?

Stephanie, you're certainly not alone with the "clown fear" thing. I don't usually mind them, but I agree with you that Parvati's clown in PoA was scarier looking than the snake! We went to a Farmer's Market once where they had a clown who was making those animal-shaped balloons for the kids, and Baby Pince wouldn't go near the place. I finally convinced him it was OK, and then of course the clown accidentally popped one of the animal balloons, which sent Baby Pince screaming from the room. Sigh...

Veronika, congratulations on the job! I'm so glad you posted later that the comment your boss made was a joke -- I was getting all ruffled on your behalf!

Prof. Sprout, your wedding pictures were lovely! Again, best wishes for a wonderful future! (and why do photographers make us do that "kick pose" as Chemyst called it??? In my wedding pics, that was the worst pose of the whole bunch, which really ticked me off because it was the only one he took with the beautiful sunset in the background. I must say, though, that yours look very good!)

Betty, congratulations on your daughter's wedding! It looks like it was a beautiful occasion! Which daughter was it - I couldn't tell in the picture - was it the one who was at the Gathering last year?

CatherineHermiona, enjoy your week at Grandma's and away from Mom and Dad! It sounds like you will have a wonderful time!

Good Evans, your post about Trafalgar and PC politicians reminded me of my good friend who is a teacher here. At a school presentation this past Memorial Day, when we honor military veterans, one of her students did a reading which mentioned something about being in a battle with the Japanese. It was not a nasty reference or anything; it was just basically stating a fact. After the program, the Superintendent (imagine Umbridge in Dumbledore's position) called my friend into her office and tore her apart for "allowing such a thing." She said that it probably offended the Japanese exchange teacher on staff. My friend was stunned and apologized profusely, which only confused the Japanese exchange teacher who had not been offended at all. Then the Superintendent yelled at my friend for apologizing, because she said that "left us open for a lawsuit because you admitted you did something wrong." After causing multiple similar ruckuses (is that a word?) this same Superintendent has just "left the school for another employment opportunity." (Imagine that!)

Extreme Makeover - Home Edition -- I think Mandy is right, the earlier episodes were better and more, um, reasonable in scope. I think lately they are sort of showing off what they can do, as opposed to what would simply "do." They had an episode the other night where they had a really futuristic voice-activated lift-transport-system installed for a homeowner who was paralyzed, which was undoubtedly hugely expensive but yet it was a useful and logical expense. The fish tank? I'll have to see the show, but as somebody said, it sounds like it would only be practical for Giant Squid Mike. That money could've renovated a lot of deserving homes. I used to like Trading Spaces because of what they could do with so little money, and they actually showed the process of how you do it, but I'm starting to not like the show now that all the people have changed. I want Vern Yip or Frank Bilec to do my rooms!

Mandy, I agree that Back to the Future 2 wasn't too good. The whole thing about his Mom being married to Biff and living on the top floor of his casino just gave me the creeps!

Nine days!!!! Nine days!!!! Yippee!!!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 6, 2005 1:45 pm (#1249 of 2963)

Perhaps I've become dizzy from anticipation myself, but since 6 + 10 is 16 and today is the sixth, I believe we're still 10 days away although admittedly most of this day is gone. Sorry, if I'm being insufferable here. I mean if today were July 15th, we would be whooping it up because the book would be only 1 day away. Right?


Denise P. - Jul 6, 2005 1:47 pm (#1250 of 2963)

I would give Vern a free hand in doing a room for me. Frank and Doug....I would want to see what they are doing first because occasionally they are iffy.

Kierynn is doing much better with Blue. She will lay down next to her, give her hugs and kisses and Blue looks to be in heaven. Of course, Kierynn also wants to be a bit militant with Blue and put her in the crate anytime she thinks Blue needs alone time. Blue is quite able to go in on her own and doesn't need Kierynn's help in getting there.

We have kept Blue and our dogs apart because one of ours is a very dominant, dog aggressive girl. We know she is dog aggressive so rather than have a problem, they are just kept apart. Blue doesn't seem to care that Daria outweighs her by better than 100 lbs and will race to the separating 4 ft high fence, jump up and snap at Daria....who is standing there looking like death warmed over. Daria has snapped back and I have visions of Blue with a ripped face. Since we witnessed that, Blue now goes out on a leash if Daria is out on the other side of the yard or she goes in the front yard. I can just hear Daria rumbling over there "Come over here, little doggy!" Daria can and will behave around other dogs (because I say she will and I am the boss) but in her own yard, she sees little need for it.

Loopy, my official desktop countdown says: 9 days 8 hours 11 minutes until HBP is released. That is what I am sticking with!
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Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2005 1:48 pm (#1251 of 2963)

My Mugglenet countdown calendar says "Nine days, seven hours, fourteen minutes, and 25 seconds...." no wait...."19 seconds...."

Edit: (cross-posted with Denise) I wouldn't let Doug anywhere near my home! I think it was appalling how he almost always totally ignored what the homeowners said they wanted, and then just did what he would like in his house, and then would get all huffy and say "After all, I am the designer!" I mean, a designer is supposed to please the homeowners, isn't he? But I agree Frank was iffy sometimes -- I didn't always like his cutesy little folk-art stuff. But at least he tried to fit his rooms in with the rest of the house and listen to the homeowners.

Denise, we also have a dog-aggressive dog. It's such a pain, isn't it? I'm always having to be on the lookout for other dogs. She's fantastic around kids and all people, really, it's just other dogs. Oh, and opossums, too!


Catherine - Jul 6, 2005 2:05 pm (#1252 of 2963)

Oh, and opossums, too! --Madame Pince

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Daisy actually growled at Blossom the Oppossum, which was amusing because we'd never heard her growl before. Mr. Catherine spent the entire next day saying in a high-pitched voice, "I'm a real dog!" (ala Pinnochio in the movie Shrek)

Of course, Daisy is so "threatening" that last evening, one of our backyard bunnies groomed itself when Daisy walked within two feet of it. Now, that's just pathetic. What's even worse is that Daisy didn't even know that dogs are "supposed" to chase rabbits.

I'm glad that Blue has you doing "constant vigilance," Denise, since she's obviously "tugging at Superman's cape" by taunting Daria.


Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2005 2:12 pm (#1253 of 2963)

You say that like it's a bad thing. –Catherine

The two times it occurred, it was a really, really bad thing. For the 'possum, at least!

Come to think of it, I should amend that from "dog-aggressive" to "anything-four-legged-aggressive, but especially dogs."


Finn BV - Jul 6, 2005 2:19 pm (#1254 of 2963)

What about Quidditch for the opening ceremony? --Elanor  Yes, drop it in the suggestion box!

Loopy, today is the sixth, and since six plus ten is 16, it would make sense that there are 10 days left, but the countdown is to the very first second of the 16th, and since we are past the very first second of the sixth, it must be less than 10 days, which makes it at least nine. (If at midnight you ever see the countdown clock, it will show a whole number of days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, and 0 seconds; one second later it will display one less number of days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds, which is basically the same, except for the number of seconds. Does that make sense? Sometimes I know a little too much about math that I explain it so that it only makes sense to me. ) On the fifteenth, we won't be saying there's only a day left, there will be less than a day left.

And with that… NINE DAYS LEFT!


Denise P. - Jul 6, 2005 2:22 pm (#1255 of 2963)

Real dogs don't have tails, Catherine...everyone knows that I can just hear that high pitched "I'm a real dog!" LOL

Yeah, Blue has the typical small dog bravado but displaying it near Daria is not a smart move. Just a few more days and she will go home, where she rules over a 4 lb Chihuahua.

Madam Pince, Daria is actually fine around other dogs as long as she is on the leash and I am with her. She knows I will not put up with any aggressive ideas and will not hesitate to take her down a few pegs if she even considers staring at another dog. I also don't put her in situations where others don't take care that their dogs also behave. I don't bring them into Petsmart because others let their dogs rush up or their kids...just asking for a problem. It makes me buggy to see someone let their dog rush up to a strange dog while protesting "It's okay, she doesn't bite!" Well, nice...maybe your dog won't bite but you don't know how the other dog react to a dog displaying aggressive behavior by rushing up to them! I am not a big fan of people bringing their dogs into the pet store for that reason...too many don't know or care how to make them behave in public.

You know, I need to get some Dobby socks before next week...even though I have not voluntarily put socks on in months.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 6, 2005 2:26 pm (#1256 of 2963)

I like Vern and Laurie. While I appreciate Frank's efforts to do what the homeowners want, his rooms always look a bit cheesy to me. However, he did a kitchen one time in a Mexican cantina theme and it was pretty cool.

Madam Pince, I hear what you're saying about Doug and really, it's all true. Do you remember the time he covered the woman's fireplace with a wooden facade and did the rest of the room in chocolate brown? She didn't want her fireplace touched and when she saw what he had down she burst into tears and had to walk off camera. In all fairness to Doug, he took pains to make sure he didn't harm the fireplace and the facade was easy to remove. Also, I agree with his argument that he was trying to introduce her to another way of looking at the room. But I think he should have tried a little harder to meet her halfway.

Did anyone see the room Vern did for one of the Dixie Chicks? It was tres cool. ***wishes she knew how to do the little accent thingy***


Finn BV - Jul 6, 2005 2:35 pm (#1257 of 2963)

Kim, the HTML codes è will give you è and é will give you é. Make sure you use the & and ; or they don't work. On a Mac, though, simply type option+e+letter for é or option+`+letter for è.


Denise P. - Jul 6, 2005 2:38 pm (#1258 of 2963)

That is why I said I would let Frank or Doug if I could see first what they did LOL Genevieve is also iffy. I keep thinking of the moss covered room she did. Of course, no one beats Hildy's room that she put hay on the walls. Go figure that one, hay on the walls of a house with a 3 year old. My kids would pick it off the walls and we would have hay everywhere.

Hands down, the worse room I ever saw was in the first season with Dez. She painted the room in purple stripes and had funky white plaster hands on the fireplace mantle. The homeowners thought Beetleguese lived there. Dez did weird rooms anyway.


Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2005 2:43 pm (#1259 of 2963)

Talk about bad rooms -- did you see the brilliant-turquoise-and-gold dining room? Not a color that makes you feel like sitting down to eat. I don't know the name of the designer -- I think he was only on the one time (ha!) He took a bunch of candlesticks that the homeowner had stored in the basement and spray-painted them. The homeowner was in tears because they were the candlesticks she had saved from her wedding reception, and she was planning to use them again at her upcoming 25th anniversary celebration.


Didn't Hildy cover walls with feathers once, too? Or maybe I am thinking of the hay. Whatever it was, it was absurd. And how about the one where they used wine-bottle labels to wallpaper the kitchen/dining room, and the homeowners were staunch non-drinkers? Oops again.

Penny Lane, did you submit one of the "Ask JKR" questions to The Leaky Cauldron that made their Top Ten list? There's one by a "Penny L" and I thought of you immediately! A question that I submitted (Who was at Godric's Hollow?) made the list, but somebody else must've submitted the same question before I did, because the name is not me. Doesn't matter -- I hope that question wins though!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 6, 2005 2:58 pm (#1260 of 2963)

Denise, I remember that room with the hands. The owners' reactions were hilarious. The guy told his neighbor that the following weekend was booked so they could repaint the room.


Stephanie M. - Jul 6, 2005 3:31 pm (#1261 of 2963)

I agree with Lupin is Lupin, Denise, and Madam Pince! I LOVE Vern!!! That one room that he did for a teenage girl with the Beta fish and the hand made scented candles! I loved that room!!! And the really blue room he did! And the room with the fake icicles hanging from the bed! I would have Vern do my bedroom, Laurie do my living room, Genevieve do my kitchen (or a living room in a country house)then Hilde would be an alternative for doing a bedroom, but I prefer Vern. But I have to get my own place first! I'm only 13! LOL I know what style I want my house to look like though.

I would never have Kia or Frank do my room!

I was just thinking about that room with the Wine bottle labels! I didn't like that too much, but I'm drawing a blank, I only remember the labels and that's it. So I don't think I liked it, but I don't remember.

There was also Kia's bedroom with the bed hanging from the ceiling.

And that one episode with the ducks! (I don't remember her name, but she looked like she should go on What Not To Wear!) LOL

I love that show though! I read the book Paige Davis wrote about being everywhere at every house.

I love Amy Wynn Pastor though, even more than Ty. I love Ty too, but I think the pieces Amy does are better than Ty's and I can relate to her more.

You all have to go and buy Trading Spaces Behind The Scenes. That is a book about everyone, but it came out a long time ago so it doesn't have a lot of the new people, the newest people in the book are Edward and Kia. It's a different book form the other one.

Edit: That room with the hands was horrible!! Well the room looked good, but the Hands?!?!


Denise P. - Jul 6, 2005 3:50 pm (#1262 of 2963)

Dez did the Duck Room too. She only lasted a few episodes and I can certainly see why.


Catherine - Jul 6, 2005 4:33 pm (#1263 of 2963)


I'm going to have to move to a different state and change my identity due to parental shame.

We chatted over dinner, and I found out what "really" happened last night when my five year-old had her first sleep-over with our neighbor.

I had asked the mom, "So, how did everything go?" To which she replied, "Fine, the girls were great." I asked Hayley questions, got non-committal answers. I let the subject drop.

But tonight at dinner, she revealed the "real" story:

First, I got my hair caught in the fan. That really hurt, and I cried a lot. I sure will remember not to get close to a fan any more. L's mommy says she's sure she can put the fan back together.


In the middle of the night, the potty overflowed with water all over the floor! I yelled really loud, and L's Mommy came running. I think I put too much toilet paper in.


I didn't mean to spill the blue nail polish all over the floor. It was an accident.

So far, I am living proof that embarrassment is not fatal.


Ydnam96 - Jul 6, 2005 4:56 pm (#1264 of 2963)

OH my goodness, you all won't believe what I did today!

I went to the WB studios for a tour. We saw all kinds of very cool stuff, the sets for West Wing, Gilmore Girls, ER (I stood where the helicopter fell on Ramono!), Joey, and a new show called Invasion. I got to sit on the "friends" couch. I saw cool props and costumes.

BUT the best thing was the second floor of their museum which is entirely Harry Potter!! I thought of all of you while I was there. It's so awesome. They have a signed set of books from JK. They have tons of costumes and props. The flying motor bike, the Ford Anglia (although that is in another exhibit) Harry's closet, Harry's quittich robes and the trunk with the balls in it. All of Gilderoy's books, some wands, a petrified Hermione...AND you could sit on a stool and get sorted! I did it three times because the first two times I got Slytherin. Third time I got Hufflepuff which was fine with me.

:)It was definetly worth the trip through LA afternoon traffic.

On Trading Spaces. I really really passionately dislike Hilda and Kia and that crazy lady who did the purple stripe/hands room. I love love love Laurie and Vern, and even most of Doug's rooms (with exception of the movie theater and the jail room).

Oh...what a fun day. Off to eat dinner. Have a great night all!


Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2005 5:46 pm (#1265 of 2963)

Catherine, think of it this way: If the Mom thought that a day like that would qualify as "The girls were great," then just imagine what a typical day for her must be like!

Mandy, what a fun day at WB studios! I am so envious -- you got to see such cool HP stuff! And the "Friends" couch and the helicopter falling on Romano -- well that's just an excellent day in my book!

OK, I spent some time on the TLC - The Learning Channel website looking up "Before-n-After" pictures for "Trading Spaces." The shows are labelled kind of weird and are hard to find, but I found most of the ones we talked about. If you go to that site, the kitchen with the wine labels was "Season 3 - Wyoming Valley Drive"; the one with the feathers on the wall was "Season 4 - Nashville Rosella Court"; and the really horrible turquoise dining room (You really must go check it out) is "Season 4 - Ohio Stratford Road." Enjoy!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 6, 2005 5:57 pm (#1266 of 2963)

Mandy, the thing about the movie theater room was it wasn't bad if that's what they had asked for. But he took a multi-purpose room in the small house of an active family and turned it into a one-note wonder. If the family waited 3 days to put all their old stuff back in I'd be shocked.

Off to check out the turquoise dining room...


Ponine - Jul 6, 2005 6:19 pm (#1267 of 2963)

I am giddy at the idea of single digits, but I must admit that I have been humming the tune of REM's classic 'This is the end of the world as we know it'. I try not to pay attention to that, though. As the gatherings are drawing nearer, I am insanely jealous of all of you who will be getting together shortly, either in England or Philly... I hope you all know the rest of us are there, too... Say - I have been on a vacation and away for a while - has anyone seen Fleur lately? Does anyone know if her mom is ok?


Stephanie M. - Jul 6, 2005 6:59 pm (#1268 of 2963)

O my gosh! the weirdest thing just happened! I was thinking about Trading Spaces and I was thinking, "What other rooms has Genevieve messed up besides that horrible bathroom with the flowers on the walls!?" Then all of a sudden there was a Swiffer commercial on TV and Genevieve was in it! I've seen the commercial before, but how weird is it that I was thinking about her?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 6, 2005 7:04 pm (#1269 of 2963)

Stephanie, although Genevieve might be a bit of a kook (she's Southern, isn't she ***waves furiously to Catherine*** ), she isn't responsible for the flowers on the bathroom wall. That was Hildy's fine work. So far, she's glued feathers, hay and flowers to the walls. Does anyone know about anything else?


GryffEndora - Jul 6, 2005 7:09 pm (#1270 of 2963)

Genevieve is from Minnesota. I know Hildie glued cardboard to the wall as well as having cardboard furniture in the same room.


Denise P. - Jul 6, 2005 7:11 pm (#1271 of 2963)

Genevieve did the moss wall...hello allergies! Hildy did records on the walls of a room too.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 6, 2005 7:17 pm (#1272 of 2963)

Genevieve is from Minnesota.---GryffEndora

Ooops. And I thought they were a sensible people.


Finn BV - Jul 6, 2005 7:32 pm (#1273 of 2963)

Catherine, you had me so worried there for a sec… I read the first line of your post and then got a phone call and had to leave, worried that some tragedy was in the making down there in Catherine-ville.

Mandy, I did the WB tour a couple of years ago, in the October before CoS movie release. It's really cool, isn't it? I don't watch any of their TV shows, so the beginning wasn't as thrilling, but we saw Billy Crystal () and we finished in HP! Yes, I was sorted, and it has those pre-recorded voices ("Another Weasley, eh? Better be Gryffindor! – I got that line) and a sensor or something. Obviously, I didn't get to see as much since only one movie was out but I did also see the knight that Ron falls off in SS and the set of the letters coming out of the fireplace!

Ponine, thanks for introducing yourself!

Ok, off to bed… good night everyone.


Thora - Jul 6, 2005 7:35 pm (#1274 of 2963)

Well I think I've figured out the source of my depression.... Wink

I'm going to make my guests wear the lion's head and use a white stick to break it open.

Ahhhh single digits, thought they'd never get here.



Stephanie M. - Jul 6, 2005 8:30 pm (#1275 of 2963)

O oops, I thought Genevieve did the flowers on the bathroom wall! O well there isn't too much of Genevieve that I don't like. Except for the records on the wall room. But I LOVE her personality... and her taste in shoes!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 6, 2005 8:34 pm (#1276 of 2963)

O well there isn't too much of Genevieve that I don't like. Except for the records on the wall room.---Stephanie M.

I thought Hildy glued the records on the wall. I am so confused.


Amilia Smith - Jul 6, 2005 8:38 pm (#1277 of 2963)

Love the dementor, Thora.

Well, I have finally caught up on all the chat posts after being without a computer for 3 days. :-)

I started Cataloging and Classification yesterday. Am currently a bit overwhelmed. Hopefully it will get better as I start trying to do it.

Went to Ala Moana to watch the fireworks on the 4th. They had some really cool ones. There were some that were shaped like a heart with an arrow through it, some that were star shaped, and some (my favorite) that were smiley faces. I had never seen smiley face fireworks before, and was quite amazed. How on earth do they do that? But when I mentioned them at work yesterday, my coworkers said they light them off every year and are nothing special. So either they are a really cool Hawaiian only sort of firework that has not made its way to Utah yet, or I have been living with my head in the sand for too long. Actually, the latter is a distinct possibility. When you have to get up at 4 every morning to be to work at 5, staying up to watch fireworks loses its charm. On that note, it was very refreshing not to spend Independence Day frying chicken. :-)

Elanor: I have been following the Tour in the Sports section of the newspaper. Not nearly as nice as being able to watch it on television, but I'll take what I can get. The team time trial sounded very exciting. That is one of my favorite stages. I like seeing the teams work together.

I am mostly English and Danish, with traces of French and Scotch-Irish thrown in. Funny story: My great-grandparents had to elope, because his parents did not approve of his "interracial" marriage to my Danish g-grandmother.

Well, off to go see if I can figure out how to search the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center). **waves to all the forum librarians**



Denise P. - Jul 6, 2005 8:44 pm (#1278 of 2963)

This was the first year at our big display of fireworks that there were smiley faces, hearts and stars. You are not alone.

Hildy did the wall of records


Ydnam96 - Jul 6, 2005 8:55 pm (#1279 of 2963)

Hildy did that room for the soccer players where she painted a mural of herself on the wall as well. The one though that bothered me the most was one of the first episodes I saw with her in it. There was a middle aged guy and they were re-doing his bedroom. He said the only thing he did not want was a black room, he wanted something more open and all that. What does Hildy do? Paint the whole thing black, including the floor!!! I was shocked. Then of course I saw other episodes and realized that she doesn't care what the people want. It's all about how she needs to be artistic. But I guess when you sign that contract you know that it's possible Hilde is getting your room. (OH and I just remembered another one of her's...the one with all the paint cans on the ceiling).

My favorite rooms were the kitchen that Vern did with the wine cup chandelir. That was a really cool kitchen. I think I liked every room Vern did...at least I can't think of any I didn't like. I love this one room Laurie did but it's harder to describe. She did it French Provencial room (which I know she did a lot of) but there's one in my mind that is just gorgeous- it had matching bookcases, she did a window seat or a seat along a wall under the window. Matching couches that faced each other. I just remember thinking how much I would like that room.

I didn't get to see the night Ron fell off of, that would have been cool. But they did have a bunch of Lupin and Sirius' stuff from movie three. The fireplace with the letters was still there. I'm not sure how they will fit more in though after four. It would be sad to lose something from the room to put other stuff up...but I guess they have to. They can take out the big spider. I'm with Ron on spiders.


Madam Pince - Jul 6, 2005 9:18 pm (#1280 of 2963)

Yech, they had the spider? Bleah. I was just thinking that the last trip I made to a studio tour (Universal in California), the "big" attraction was a Miami Vice special-effects re-enactment. Now that was a while ago!

Hildy also put fake red fur on a wall.


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 6, 2005 9:26 pm (#1281 of 2963)

Gina, I really did wonder what officials in the City of New York were thinking when they applied for the Olympics. I am a big Olympic fan but the idea of a subway ride in NYC on a sweltering summer’s day with that many more people, oiy! Congratulations London!

A big Happy 40th Birthday to JO this month. It seems everyone I know is 40 this year.

Hello, Susurro.



Solitaire - Jul 6, 2005 11:43 pm (#1282 of 2963)

I lived down in southern California when the Olympics were held in Los Angeles. Oddly enough, many people who normally drove their cars carpooled and used public transportation during those weeks. Friends of mine who lived in the area said freeways and surface streets seemed less rather than more crowded. Weird, huh?

I guess it would be different in NYC. Don't most people already use buses, trains, taxis, ferries, etc., instead of driving? I can't even imagine having the Olympics there.



The giant squid - Jul 7, 2005 12:04 am (#1283 of 2963)

If I were a picker of nits, I would point out that Loopy actually said that, not me.—Catherine

Egad! Excuse me while I go shut my ears in the oven... I have to say, I had an authentic SPEW! moment at the "I'm a real dog!" bit.

Quick assessment of the Trading Spaces designers: Hildy is evil (Hildymort?), Vern has my blessing whatever he wants to do, and all the rest of them had better run things by me first. My wife insists it would be great if we could get a TS/While You Were Out sort of thing done in our vaulted living room. I have oodles of movie swag (posters, banners, various cardboard standees--no, Accio Sirius, you can't have my lamppost ) and she thinks it'd be great to do a movie theme in the room. Unfortunately, by this point I think we'd have to do the whole house to have room for all the banners...



septentrion - Jul 7, 2005 2:23 am (#1284 of 2963)

Hello all !

Anyone wants some rain ? The sky's pouring itself over our heads this morning ! To think the authorities began to worry about dryness. The good thing is : only nine days. Well, the countdown has become a mantra to me these last days, I'm sure people here will be comprehensive.

Have a great Thursday !


Dragonesss - Jul 7, 2005 2:48 am (#1285 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jul 7, 2005 2:53 am

CNN just reported series of explosions in London. King's Cross was mentioned. There are casualties. I hope none of our friends there were hurt.


septentrion - Jul 7, 2005 2:53 am (#1286 of 2963)

King Cross ? I just think we'll be there at the end of the month, looking for platform 9 3/4. Gee, I hope there isn't anything more than "light" casualties.


azi - Jul 7, 2005 2:53 am (#1287 of 2963)

Apparently there hasn't actually been an explosion at King's Cross, they've just evacuated it in case there is. There have been explosions at stations, on buses and the entire Tube system has been shut down. I am also hoping no one was hurt.


Dragonesss - Jul 7, 2005 2:54 am (#1288 of 2963)

I'm afraid it's worse. Look at BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4659093.stm


azi - Jul 7, 2005 3:00 am (#1289 of 2963)

I am watching events on BBC news 24. Apparently there is no real panic over what is happening, and the emergency services appear to be fairly well organised. However, it appears more bombs are being found and more areas being cordoned off. There are reports of fatalities.


Chemyst - Jul 7, 2005 3:03 am (#1290 of 2963)

I'll pass on the rain, Sept. We just had remnants of tropical storm Cindy blow by and as soon as it is light out, I'm off to check the creek. It will be out of its banks, I just don't know how far. This is the worst part of daylight savings time - the middle of summer and no light at 6:00 AM here.

I just checked Fox news. London explosions is their lead story, but they are scant on details.

Catherine, that was a great story. Two stories really, both Haley & the real dog. So, what do you say to the mother with the flooded toilet & blue nail polish on the floor next time you see her?


haymoni - Jul 7, 2005 3:23 am (#1291 of 2963)

Hope all is well with our London Forum Friends and their families.

CNN is showing pics of injured folks. Hubby called me from work this morning to tell me to turn it on.

...when your first reaction to the news was to hop on the Forum to make sure everyone was OK. I'm not even awake yet!


Snuffles - Jul 7, 2005 3:50 am (#1292 of 2963)

There have been 3 explosions on London buses and 20 fatalities at the moment.

Hubby rang and said where one of the bombs exploded, I think he said Aldgate East station. He was there delivering to one of his works customers 6am yesterday morning!!

I too hope that there are no forumers there.



Catherine - Jul 7, 2005 4:18 am (#1293 of 2963)

Wishing all Forumers to be safe from explosions, storms, and things that go bump in the night.

So, what do you say to the mother with the flooded toilet & blue nail polish on the floor next time you see her? –Chemyst

Mr. Catherine and I discussed this at length after dinner. I plan to call her this morning to invite the child to come swim this afternoon, and I'll see if there are any repairs that we need to pay for (like nail polish on the floor and the disassembled fan.) Hopefully, Hayley told us all of the mishaps and there isn't another huge one waiting to be sprung on us.


Marè - Jul 7, 2005 4:23 am (#1294 of 2963)

O dear, I come here and I think what a chatty bunch only to find such bad news.

I hope all and everyone is well... How people can ever think that hate and anger can make a difference is beyond me.


Liz Mann - Jul 7, 2005 4:41 am (#1295 of 2963)

Accourding to the British news I think it was a series of bomb attacks at several stations including King's Cross. There are people still stuck on Underground trains and they think that the bombs actually went off in the stations, whether on the trains or on the track I don't know. People are being brought out of King's Cross with severe casualties. But the emergency services seem to be well-prepared. We've been expecting an attack like this for ages apparently, and we've had past experience with it so we know how to act.


frogface - Jul 7, 2005 5:03 am (#1296 of 2963)

Got an update on the London attacks, I live in south east England so I'm unaffected but the news has reached me quicker than it will for those in other countries. 7 explosions have occurred throughout London and it 2 people have been pronounced dead. So far it has been stated that a further 17 or so people are severely injured. The situation is being brought under control. Tony Blair made a statement at midday (U.K time) and stated these well terrorist attacks and it is believed they are almost certainly connected to Al-queida (sp?), he also stated that the G8 summit will continue in his absence while he journey's to London and he will return to the G8 meeting this evening. Please send out your hopes and prayer's for those affected and their families.

*cross posted with Ponine*  thank you for your message.


Ponine - Jul 7, 2005 5:04 am (#1297 of 2963)

Thanks for noticing, Finn!

I want to send my thoughts and prayers to our neighbors in the southwest (divided by an ocean, yes, but still, neighbors). It always shocks me when accidents and pain are intentionally caused the innocent. My heart goes out to all of you, and I hope the casualties are as limited as possible. I read that a massive light was seen at a train 200 meters from Kings Cross and the train stopped. People used umbrellas to break the windows and get out. There are reported to be a total of seven explosions. All of a sudden my qualms with our current heatwave seems painfully trivial... Take care, everyone.

Edit; cross-posted with frogface


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 7, 2005 5:10 am (#1298 of 2963)

Best wishes to all our Forum members in London you are in our best thoughts.


Romulus - Jul 7, 2005 5:13 am (#1299 of 2963)

I'm in London (and fortunately ok). It sounds like there have been somewhere between 5 and 7 explosions, 1 on a bus, the rest at tube stations. 3 people have been confirmed killed so far but some agencies are reporting many more. There have been several hundred people taken to hospital apparently. Everything is very confused here but people are being advised to stay right where they are.


Cornelia - Jul 7, 2005 5:18 am (#1300 of 2963)

We, too think of you all in London and hope that everybody is all right!
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Thora - Jul 7, 2005 5:24 am (#1301 of 2963)

My thoughts and prayers are with all of England today. May peace come to your hearts while you deal with this disturbing attack.



pottermom34 - Jul 7, 2005 5:28 am (#1302 of 2963)

The first thing I thought of when I heard of the attacks were any forumers from that area and all the people involved in Harry Potter. Anyway my thoughts and prayers and cheering charms to all Englanders. Wish we had a hug smiley, I'd put that in too.


Mrs Brisbee - Jul 7, 2005 5:58 am (#1303 of 2963)

My thoughts and prayers go to everyone in London, and all of the U.K., too.


Harry-ette - Jul 7, 2005 6:07 am (#1304 of 2963)

Am in London, the atmosphere is a very uneasy one. At my company we are all trying to get cabs home but they are refusing to come into central London. The firm has tried to ring hotels to put us up for the night, but they are filling up rapidly.

The reports coming through are still mixed. Apparently there have been three separate attacks on buses and 7 tube stations have been hit. The entire public transport network has come to a complete halt, and there are police and ambulances absolutely everywhere.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 7, 2005 6:30 am (#1305 of 2963)

Good Grief. Good luck and best wishes to everyone in London. I can relate to the chaos that must be going on there as, here in the D.C. area, it was quite chaotic on 9/11 years ago. Things will calm down eventually.

Catherine, hehehe. Dear, dear, dear. Let's see now. After Hayley came to visit the fan was broken and the toilet didn't work. It would seem there's a "You might be redneck if. . . ." joke in there somewhere. I would ask why the 5 year old had nail polish to spill in the first place?

Yay!!! Just a few days, hours, and minutes to HBP!!!!


Solitaire - Jul 7, 2005 6:49 am (#1306 of 2963)

I just had an email from my friend in England. She is trying to reach friends in London, but as you can imagine, phone lines are jammed.

I'm reading that all trains and buses into and out of London have been shut down. Also, the ticker here says that 2-3 trains are still trapped in the Underground. Any update on that one?

Something just flashed across the TV screen about the Egyptian envoy to Iraq having been killed ... but I can't find anything more on that, either. Sad



frogface - Jul 7, 2005 7:01 am (#1307 of 2963)

Only updates I've had is that the death toll has risen to 12, I believe that they have been leading people out of the underground, but I'm unaware if there are still people trapped.


Solitaire - Jul 7, 2005 7:10 am (#1308 of 2963)

Update on the ticker at this second says at least 45 dead, over 1000 injured, and some people still trapped in trains underground. BTW, I'm in Calif.


azi - Jul 7, 2005 7:20 am (#1309 of 2963)

Wow, that's a lot. So far BBC say only 2 people confirmed dead, but there are other fatalities. The police aren't giving any indication of casualties at this current moment in time. Looking at the BBC website, hospitals have reported no more than 400 people overall treated. One tube train which became stuck has now been cleared apparently. Some areas are now re-opening and train stations which were closed for caution are being reopened. The tube isn't expected to open for some time.


Denise P. - Jul 7, 2005 7:20 am (#1310 of 2963)

I would ask why the 5 year old had nail polish to spill in the first place?

Probably the same reason we had a 2 year old spill nail polish on the deck...someone left it down where she could get it. She did paint several toes...the entire toes, a beautiful cranberry ice and only had minimal spilling on the deck.

Hope all our members in and around London are doing well!

I am off to get some snowcone flavoring. The hospitals always have lovely crushed ice and another expecting mom said she was bringing snowcone flavoring when she went to have her baby. I thought that was a brilliant idea so I am going to pick some up to bring with me in a few more weeks. I may get a snowcone machine too only because I am a dedicated ice eater and I love crushed ice. I never thought of bringing flavoring before. Of course, my fondest wish is to not actually be trapped in the hospital longer than about 12 hours after having this baby. The last hospital I had a baby at kept me for 48 long hours...I was going insane, I wanted to go home!

Official Desktop Countdown says: 8 Days 14 Hours 35 Minutes and 53...52..51..50 Seconds until HBP!!


Snuffles - Jul 7, 2005 7:25 am (#1311 of 2963)

My 2 year old daughter came across my make up on holiday. The shelf where I kept it wasn't quite as high as the one at home, and needless to say she came out of the bathroom wearing Lipstick around her mouth, over her nose and for eyeshadow! She thought she looked marvellous. All my hubby and I could do was laugh. I couldn't tell her off as it was my fault it was within her reach. Yup you definitely need eyes in the back of your head and 6 pairs of arms!


Gina R Snape - Jul 7, 2005 7:57 am (#1312 of 2963)

Ydnam, I'm totally jealous of your visit to the WB Harry Potter exhibit. Lucky you!!!

Solitaire, yes, NYers use public transportation much more than cars.

Oh, I've been following the news in London. I've got so many friends there to worry over. I hope our forum members in London are ok. You are in my thoughts. NYC is running as usual, but I'm fairly certain we are all on a bit of an edge nonetheless. I've heard it's pretty chaotic in London right now. Wish I could floo some of you over here to get out of the craziness temporarily.


John Bumbledore - Jul 7, 2005 8:02 am (#1313 of 2963)


You mean you still bother to make the trip to the Hospital?

Sorry, but for a mom of "almost a baseball team," I had this *mental* expectation that you would simply visit your doctor's office, have Baby P. and return home with the child in about two hours! In fact I wouldn't have been surprised if you had planned for a midwife to deliver that child at the pool side. Sorry, I am laughing out loud about my silly thoughts. I hope you find them as light hearted and silly. I also hope all goes well, when the time arrives, and that you and baby p. soon return home to the "ball team."

I also send hope and prayers for our members in and near London. I was hoping to see some post a "present and accounted for" message. But I realize now I have such a poor ability for assembling mental lists that not only must I rely upon Betty (Boop) and others for member's birthday notices, but I can only positively mark a few members as being in or near England (which for me includes EU members.)

And for some reason, I was counting all of Today and all of Saturday, July 16 in the wait for the release Half-Blood Prince. So, I truly appreciate the "official count downs" that have been posted.

<)B^D= John Bumbledore


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 7, 2005 8:21 am (#1314 of 2963)

In fact I wouldn't have been surprised if you had planned for a midwife to deliver that child at the pool side.---John Bumbledore[

Well, I for one, would be shocked. But then again, childbirth is always less silly to those who are actually doing the work.

What terrible news to wake up to this morning. My thoughts are with all those affected.

I didn't think I would be at the stores at midnight for the release of HBP. I was in them last time for OotP, but only accidently. I hadn't started reading the books then and I couldn't understand why the store was staying open so late. I took advantage and just stayed longer with my non-HP book.


Stephanie M. - Jul 7, 2005 9:05 am (#1315 of 2963)

Hey! I hope every body is OK in London and the rest of the World!!!

The city was crazy during 9/11! So I can imagine what it must be like in London right now! My mom works 3 blocks away from where the World Trade Centers were, so it was very scary, and I was at school when it happened, and I couldn't get home so my Aunt and Uncle picked up my twin cousins (their children) and my older sister and I. Then since we couldn't get back into the city, our school is in Riverdale, we went to their Country house in Conneticut. But nobody in my family was hurt during 9/11.

Right now both of our home phone lines aren't working, and they stopped working after we talked to my cousins who are traveling back from Spain today. They should land in 3 hours, so I hope they don't have too much trouble coming back through customs! So instead of them being back around 4 Est they will be later and I might not see them.

Well again I hope everybody is OK and gets home safely from work!


Ydnam96 - Jul 7, 2005 9:38 am (#1316 of 2963)

I am truly saddened and dismayed at the news I woke up to. All of those forumers and others in London have my prayers and sympathies.


Elanor - Jul 7, 2005 9:40 am (#1317 of 2963)

I also hope our British friends are safe, you're all in my thoughts and prayers. I've been hearing the news most of the day thinking of you all. I feel so sad for the Londoners and at the same time so angry with those who did that.

Giving a big ((((hug)))) to everybody who is affected,



Choices - Jul 7, 2005 9:44 am (#1318 of 2963)

What a terrible thing. "Voldemort" (evil) strikes in our beloved London and near King's Cross - places we HP fans hold dear. My sympathy and prayers are with all those affected by this awful act of terrorism.


Denise P. - Jul 7, 2005 9:45 am (#1319 of 2963)

John, funny but my doctor said almost the same thing LOL "You really don't need me, do you?" I am a firm believer that pain medication was invented for a reason and for that, I won't deliver at home. I know many people who do but not me. My ideal plan would be to have the baby and then 12 hours later be home, assuming all is well.

I found all kinds of snowcone flavors and the kids wanted me to get each and every one of them. We ended up with Blue Raspberry, Sour Green Apple, Watermelon, Cherry and Strawberry. I also got a snowcone machine...to test these flavors out first


Stephanie M. - Jul 7, 2005 9:50 am (#1320 of 2963)

Send me a snowcone!

Edit: But it might melt

Edit Again: I've never heard of Green Sour Apple flavored ice! I love Sour Apple Altoids and Blow Pops!


Ydnam96 - Jul 7, 2005 9:55 am (#1321 of 2963)

mmmm Snow Cones. How fun. I remember as a child there was this Snoopy snow cone maker and I always wanted one. Your children are very lucky! I had to live with home-made popscicles made with those tupperware popscicle maker things. (I shouldn't complain, it's all flavored ice anyway).

Denise I think you have the right idea. A friend of mine believes very strongly in midwifery and does not use medication and I think she's nuts. I love that she stands by her beliefs. But wow! I can't even imagine. Although my mom said she didn't use medicines with me and she was in labor for 36 hours! I'm not sure that I would have made it that long Wink


Catherine - Jul 7, 2005 10:03 am (#1322 of 2963)

I am a firm believer that pain medication was invented for a reason and for that, I won't deliver at home. –Denise

Pain medication and snowcones. Two great things that go great together.

Loopy Lupin, only eight more days until HbP!

My thoughts are with those in London.


Doris Crockford - Jul 7, 2005 10:09 am (#1323 of 2963)

Those in London have my deepest sympathies. The latest news is at least 37 dead, maybe 40. The emergency crews seemed well prepared to deal with the injuries, which impressed me, as well as the attitude of the injured people I have seen interviewed on TV.

Only 8 days left! Yay! But the store I'm going to isn't open at midnight, so I'll have to wait until 9 am.


Lina  - Jul 7, 2005 10:15 am (#1324 of 2963)

I'm sending some strengthening charms to the British Forum members. Thank you to all who have let us know that you are O.K. That's a relief. My first thoughts after the news were hoping that nothing happened to you or your dears.

Liz Mann: We've been expecting an attack like this for ages apparently, and we've had past experience with it so we know how to act.
I didn't understand it at first, but after seeing the reports, now I understand. I'm sure that it helped that the number of casualties and fatalities would be the least possible. At least something good in such a bad situation.

I wish you all to recover soon. Having a normal life is the best revenge.


KWeldon - Jul 7, 2005 10:17 am (#1325 of 2963)

Just wanted to express my sympathies for the victims in London and their families. My heart aches for them and Great Britain.


Weeny Owl - Jul 7, 2005 10:20 am (#1326 of 2963)

I hope everyone in England from our forum is okay, and that their friends and families are okay. I have some friends who are British and they're fine.


Finn BV - Jul 7, 2005 10:29 am (#1327 of 2963)

Hope all the forumers in London recover if they've been affected or are okay if they haven't been… :hugs to all:

***rushes off to doctor's appointment***


Loopy Lupin - Jul 7, 2005 10:32 am (#1328 of 2963)

Loopy Lupin, only eight more days until HbP!—Catherine

If you say so. Oh looky! Only zero more days left until the weekend! It must be here already. Why am I still at work?


Liz Mann - Jul 7, 2005 10:32 am (#1329 of 2963)

It's sickening the kinds of things that people will do to try and force their opinions and their way of life onto others. In fact, I'm reminded of something J.K. once said: "Sometimes I get asked 'What would be your recipe for a happier life?' And I've always said 'A bit more tolerance from all of us.'"


septentrion - Jul 7, 2005 10:50 am (#1330 of 2963)

from lina's post : Liz Mann: We've been expecting an attack like this for ages apparently, and we've had past experience with it so we know how to act. I didn't understand it at first, but after seeing the reports, now I understand. I'm sure that it helped that the number of casualties and fatalities would be the least possible. At least something good in such a bad situation.

I believe every european country is ready. Security measures have been reinforced in France today, in fact they never have been totally cancelled since the terrorist attacks in Paris in 1995. I hope our London forumers are well and that the situation is being sorted now.


Stephanie M. - Jul 7, 2005 11:13 am (#1331 of 2963)

Finn!!! How tall are you?! If you grew I'm going to come over to your house and chop off your legs so I can be taller than you!!!!!! LOL JUST KIDDING! I'm very, very short to all of you who don't know. I'm 4'11 3/4', and if I don't grow that 1/4 of an inch by the time I'm 18 I'm considered a midget. I stopped growing after I turned 11.

I HAVE GROWN NOTHING IN 2 YEARS!!! So Finn, if you grew I'm going to be very upset, but you're already A LOT taller than me! So don't grow any more!!! I forbid you to grow!!!!

Edit: I haven't been to a doctor since last October, so I actually don't know if I have grown, but I doubt it.

Edit Again: The update on the "Terror in London" as the News flashed, is that just over 700 are hurt and need medical help, more are hurt but don't need any medicine, and I think it said 40 were killed.


Liz Mann - Jul 7, 2005 11:39 am (#1332 of 2963)

Man, I've just been talking to my brother on the phone, and he said that three people we know missed the explosion at one of the stations by about five to ten minutes! He reckons the one on the bus wasn't supposed to go off there. Apparently the bus was heading to a station, but it got diverted because of the other explosions and then the driver stopped to ask for directions because he didn't know the area he'd been diverted through. What probably happened was that when the bus got diverted and then stopped, the person on the bus with the bomb panicked and just set it off. The explosion on the bus was about half an hour after the others, which all happened within minutes of each other.


Stephanie M. - Jul 7, 2005 12:02 pm (#1333 of 2963)

Whoa that's scary. I'm so glad that the people you knew missed it Liz.


timrew - Jul 7, 2005 12:05 pm (#1334 of 2963)

My heart goes out to all the people who died or were injured, and their families, in this terrorist attack. Although I live in Manchester (about 200 miles from London), I was celebrating along with them because the Olympics are coming to our country.

But it'll take more than a few bombs planted by Al Quaeda (I believe they have claimed responsibility) to weaken the resolve of us British folks. The Olympics will still go ahead, Harry Potter will still come out, and life will still go on. If we can put up with the bombs of the IRA, we can put up with this, too.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 7, 2005 12:11 pm (#1335 of 2963)

I'd also like to offer my sympathies to everyone in London. I hope all forum members from the area are all right and let us know when the get the chance.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 7, 2005 1:29 pm (#1336 of 2963)

But it'll take more than a few bombs planted by Al Quaeda (I believe they have claimed responsibility) to weaken the resolve of us British folks.—Tim

You Brits proved that in 1940, to say the least.

Wishing again, now that by my time keeping-- which has come under scrutiny lately--- the day in London has wound down to the evening, that everything will resume some semblance normalcy as soon as can be hoped.


Solitaire - Jul 7, 2005 1:44 pm (#1337 of 2963)

I just heard from my friend. Her brother was just about to enter the Underground when people began to be pushed out ... because of one of the explosions. So it seems he missed it by minutes, as well!

I must say that, from the footage I am seeing here in California, the London police and other officials seem really organized and purposeful in dealing with everything. Even the victims seem remarkably collected, all things considered. If I'd survived one of the train explosions, I'm afraid I'd be a complete basket case. My thoughts and prayers are with all who are dealing with this horrible event.



Gina R Snape - Jul 7, 2005 1:58 pm (#1338 of 2963)

tim, I was thinking the same thing. London is so very good at handling emergencies like this precisely because of the IRA terrorist attacks for the past 20 years. I'm relieved to know my friends there are ok. One friend had just walked out of the Tottenham Court Road tube station about 2 minutes beforehand. Having lived through that in London and NYC now, I can definitely say that just letting life go on is the best way.

HUGS to you all in the UK. I'll be seeing you soon...


Madam Pince - Jul 7, 2005 2:27 pm (#1339 of 2963)

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families affected by this morning's terrible attack. ***Strengthening Charms to everyone in the UK, and in Italy and Denmark as well.*** Elanor, I'm with you -- senseless things like this just make me very sad and very angry.

I'm glad that we've "heard" from so many of our UK Forum members, to know that they are safe. Here's hoping everyone else is OK too!

Loopy, I'm lovin' your avatar today. And your time-keeping is certainly not under scrutiny by me! I know what you meant about the number of days until..... I just look at the "big numbers" at the bottom of my screen, and round down the "little numbers."

((((hugs to London))))


timrew - Jul 7, 2005 2:40 pm (#1340 of 2963)

Gina:- One friend had just walked out of the Tottenham Court Road tube station about 2 minutes beforehand.

Glad your friends are okay, Gina.

Loopy:- You Brits proved that in 1940, to say the least.

Thank you for your thoughts, Wayne. Although it cannot compare with 9/11, the bombing in London won't shake us one bit. We'll all bare our bottoms menacingly in Al Quaeda's direction.


Madam Pince - Jul 7, 2005 2:41 pm (#1341 of 2963)

Mel Gibson ain't got nothin' on you, Tim!

(obscure "Braveheart" reference....)


T Brightwater - Jul 7, 2005 2:46 pm (#1342 of 2963)

Hugs, prayers, and strengthening charms to all London forumers.

The innocent are the first to suffer...


The giant squid - Jul 7, 2005 2:51 pm (#1343 of 2963)

Pain medication and snowcones. Two great things that go great together.—Catherine

Woo! Party at Catherine's house!

We'll all bare our bottoms menacingly in Al Quaeda's direction.—Timrew

That's the spirit! nil illegitium carborundum! I was going to offer my thoughts, but Madame P. said it best: "I'm glad that we've "heard" from so many of our UK Forum members, to know that they are safe. Here's hoping everyone else is OK too!"




Herm-own-ninny Weezly - Jul 7, 2005 3:11 pm (#1344 of 2963)

I would also like to offer my deepest sympathies to all of those affected by the terrible attacks. I hope each London forumer is safe, as well as all of their loved ones.


boop - Jul 7, 2005 3:25 pm (#1345 of 2963)

I want all our London forum members know I am thinking of you. Your in my thoughts and prayers.


hugs always



Dr Filibuster - Jul 7, 2005 3:29 pm (#1346 of 2963)

What "an extraordinary week of highs and lows" (Tony Robinson on tv earlier this evening). Next time I think I've had a busy week I'll just have to remember the one Tony Blair's still having right now.

I'm so glad that forumers have reported in Ok, and hope that no news is good news for the others. Do we have a list of Londoners?


Penny Lane. - Jul 7, 2005 4:11 pm (#1347 of 2963)

I heard from my friend this afternoon and he was about 1/2 mile away, but his sister was next to the second attack. She's okay though, and so is everyone else they know.

Someone asked awhile back if I was the Penny who has the question on TLC... I must sadly shake my head no.. So people can stop emailing me those congratulations cards now


dizzy lizzy - Jul 7, 2005 4:20 pm (#1348 of 2963)

Hugs and prayers for all those forumers and families in London right now.. Hugs and prayers for anyone who needs them at this time.



Catherine - Jul 7, 2005 4:27 pm (#1349 of 2963)

Penny, I have mixed feelings.

I'm glad you and your friends are OK, but sorry you weren't the successful question-submitter.

I'm truly hoping that our UK friends are well, and that they are finding their way in all this chaos.

Although I'm sad that we've come together on such a tragic occasion, I must say that I'm really amazed at the Forum members who have checked in and registered their concern, and, if from the UK, their condition.

I've found it very heartening, and it makes me appreciate anew this group of people who love the Harry Potter book and our commitment to this discussion group.

Best wishes to all.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 7, 2005 4:31 pm (#1350 of 2963)

My thoughts are with all of you in the UK. Great idea Timrew! I'll send my regards also. I love the avatar Loopy Lupin.

Congratulations to London for getting the Olympics. Thank you London forum members for posting so we know you are well. LPO
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fleur-de-lys - Jul 7, 2005 5:16 pm (#1351 of 2963)

First, I want to send my thoughts, prayers and love to all those out there from London, and those with friends and family there. I'm so glad to hear so many stories of loved ones being spared. I was at my mom’s when I heard. I was desperate to get home and get on the forums to find out if everyone was ok. These kind of things really get to me. I will definitely be praying for all those involved!

Well, I'm back. I out for a while, due to a glitch. i'm afraid there were too many posts inbetween for me to sort through,so I'll just pick up here. Hope that's ok. I missed you guys and look forward to getting back in the thick of things. See y'all real soon.

Yours till Niagara Falls, Lori


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 7, 2005 5:54 pm (#1352 of 2963)

fleur, don't worry about the "glitch". It happens to everyone. It's not like we'll send Marietta and the Inquisitorial Squad out to get you. Consider this a safe refuge.

Although events have been tragic today in London, I do look forward to the Olympics being held there. I have no doubt they'll do a marvelous job.

Catherine, I'm wondering if the basket has been delivered?


fleur-de-lys - Jul 7, 2005 6:05 pm (#1353 of 2963)

The Inquisitorial Squad has already infiltrated my household, so Im prepared. Send whoever you will, we're ready!


Marè - Jul 7, 2005 6:19 pm (#1354 of 2963)

The Inquisitorial Squad has already infiltrated my household.
O dear Lori, I hope all is well?

And yes I'm looking forward to London 2012 too. Although I wouldn't have minded Paris a bit, just one train ride away... I actually have some friends who are aiming for the Olympics in 2008. I'll just tell them to keep training for another four year. I might be able to get to London for support, but Bejing??

PS Can't remember who asked, the avatar is not one of the designs for the accio contest, I wish, but I only had a computer back then and this one is done in pencils and watercolours (okay I photoshopped the eye). I might be able to make it into an unoffical t-shirt though. But I'm in dubio, I wanted another bird to lift the other side of a banner, and I thought an augurey would be nice. However, I thought Augureys were pretty blue birds and now I read in the Lexicon that they are vulture like and black and green... hmmm.
Might have to consider a hippogrif if I could draw horses...


Ponine - Jul 7, 2005 6:20 pm (#1355 of 2963)

Fleur! *hug*


Madam Pince - Jul 7, 2005 6:24 pm (#1356 of 2963)

((((more hugs for fleur-de-lys))))

Hope your Mom is continuing to improve!


GryffEndora - Jul 7, 2005 7:03 pm (#1357 of 2963)

I'm keeping London in my thoughts and prayers.

Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Genevieve is from Minnesota.---GryffEndora
Ooops. And I thought they were a sensible people.

What ever gave you that idea? I'm from Minnesota, so is Prince (the artist formerly known as "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince"). We don't eat casserole for dinner we have "Hotdish", we don't play "Duck, Duck, Goose' we play "Duck, Duck, Grey Duck", & we live in a state that usually hits 50 degrees below zero at least once a winter. At our State Fair the Queen and Princesses all have life size carvings of their heads on display in the Dairy Building, because they are carved out of butter. After the fair they each get their head to take home, most end up having a big cookout with the head used for buttering cobs of sweet corn. Maybe Garrison Keeler and his Prairie Home Companion or Laura Ingalls have convinced you that we are a sensible people. Trust me, spend a year here and you will wonder what sensible person would choose to live here! That being said, Minnesota is a great place to live and I truly love it, even in the winter. And if you ever get a chance to visit the Minnesota State Fair, make sure you visit the Butter Heads and pick up a Pineapple Milkshake while you're in the Dairy Building. I also highly recommend the honey and sunflower seed ice cream!

Wow, now I'm looking forward to the end of Summer! But not as much as I'm looking forward to HBP!!!


Denise P. - Jul 7, 2005 8:14 pm (#1358 of 2963)

This is being discussed on another board I am on so thought I would ask over here. How do you eat Whoppers, the malted milk balls? For those in the UK, they are called Maltesers by Mars.

I nibble off a small portion of the chocolate, then I let the malted inside dissolve before eating the chocolate husk. LOL A friend of mine does it the same way but described it by saying she "breaks them in half, lets the insides dissolve and eats the chocolate last." Mr. Denise just crunches them, no special way.

Yes, I have weird things that occupy my thoughts at times.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 7, 2005 8:15 pm (#1359 of 2963)

At our State Fair the Queen and Princesses all have life size carvings of their heads on display in the Dairy Building, because they are carved out of butter.---GryffEndora

LOL I see I was misinformed. Heads carved out of butter? That's right up there with "The World's Largest Ball of Yarn." And I mean that as a compliment. ***makes note to visit Butter Heads on future cross country tour*** I am deeply impressed.

EDIT: Yes, I have weird things that occupy my thoughts at times.---Denise

So when's that baby due?


Penny Lane. - Jul 7, 2005 8:22 pm (#1360 of 2963)

I just eat whoppers by putting them in my mouth and chewing. Sometimes I let them dissolve, but that's rare.


Denise P. - Jul 7, 2005 8:26 pm (#1361 of 2963)

So when's that baby due? - Lupin is Lupin

Not soon enough! Sometime after the 17th of August. I should make the disclaimer that I am not actually eating any Whoppers and have not for months. Chocolate is not my friend when I am expecting, which is a bummer

I do have a super sekret stash of Dark Side M&M's hidden away so after this baby is born, I can eat some.


Ydnam96 - Jul 7, 2005 8:59 pm (#1362 of 2963)

Denise, I just eat them. Pop 'em in and chew. Smile I'm not a huge fan of them though...


dizzy lizzy - Jul 7, 2005 9:25 pm (#1363 of 2963)

We call them maltesers and I love 'em. Pop em in and eat 'em.


Chemyst - Jul 7, 2005 9:32 pm (#1364 of 2963)

But it'll take more than a few bombs planted by Al Quaeda (I believe they have claimed responsibility) to weaken the resolve of us British – Timrew
Tim, that is the kind of talk I'm hearing about the Brits in much of the news coverage here, but there is an occasional nail-biter stewing about future political careers.
...and so, I appreciate all the personal reports many of you have made. It is like having our own little Pensive that can help filter out network spin-doctors..

How do I eat Whoppers? I don't. They serve better as sling-shot ammo.  :goofygrin:
You can go ahead and eat them, Denise, because I don't think they have any real chocolate in them. Yeah, I'm pretty sure the Hershey company just uses the stuff they clean out of their drains....     (do smilies count as legal disclaimers?)


Daioma Dumbledore - Jul 7, 2005 9:36 pm (#1365 of 2963)

Ahhhh Maltesers!! I love them!! I, like Denise, nibble off a small part of the chocolate & then melt the malt then eat the rest of the chocolate, but then again, I do that with almost every sort of chocolate covered lollies (candies), you have to save the best til last except eating Mars Bars (not sure if you guys have them, Lizzy will understand) they are soft caramel ontop of soft malt covered in chocolate, I have to eat all the chocolate off then eat the caramel then finally the malt. Yum Yum Yum!!!

Although all this talk of choc makes me want to eat it but I'm with Denise, Chocolate & pregnancy don't quite mix, what a shame


Matt Allair - Jul 7, 2005 9:39 pm (#1366 of 2963)

My sympathies to everyone afflicted by this evil in London.

Denise, when it comes to Whoppers, I simply throw them in my mouth and chomp. The rest sounds too involved. It's like people who eat Reeses peanut butter cups, by nibbling the sides then eating the center, too complicated for me.


Ydnam96 - Jul 7, 2005 10:15 pm (#1367 of 2963)

Well now, Recess cups are different. I do eat off the sides first, then the middle. Why I don't know? Just do.


Helen Potterfan - Jul 7, 2005 11:33 pm (#1368 of 2963)

My thoughts and sympathies to all of the Londoners. The NYC subway ran "normally" today, but I wasn't the only person looking around warily. I felt like I was walking around with my very own dementor all day with just the reminder of the threat, so I can imagine how difficult that first subway (or should I say "tube) ride will be for those of you in London. I hope we haven't lost a forum member.

On a lighter note, Denise: like your friend, I bite the whoppers in half and let them dissolve in my mouth, and then chew the chocolate last. I haven't had whoppers in years....maybe I'll get some tomorrow now that I have someone to blame Wink.

It's 2:30 a.m. here. I just can't seem to sleep....

EDIT: after my post appeared, I realized how trite my avatar seems in light of recent events. But then I realized that one of the first places I came to for comfort (even though I didn't post) this morning was the forum, so HP has created a very real community. And then I realized that I shouldn't be philosophizing at 2:30 in the morningm so I'll just say: yes, you can afford not to read it, but it certainly does help!

Best wishes, Helen


Snuffles - Jul 8, 2005 12:01 am (#1369 of 2963)

Mmmmm Maltesers! (Whoppers)

I always intend to eat them slowly letting the chocolate melt, but I chew the first and think I'll eat the next slowly, then the next and before I know it the packet is empty and I didn't savour any of them!

Hope everyone has a good Friday, and my fellow Brits in London I'm thinking of you.



dizzy lizzy - Jul 8, 2005 12:51 am (#1370 of 2963)

Suffles, I'm the same with maltesers. I always just chomp them like I said earlier. But like you, I'm always looking for that elusive malteser to eat only to find the packet empty.



Harry-ette - Jul 8, 2005 1:29 am (#1371 of 2963)

Morning all. London was insane yesterday, I've spoken to my friends who are already in work today and apparently all of London is very subdued this morning, although defiant.

I am just about to jump on the tube to work - I am not changing my way of life for these evil DeathEaters. It's a testament to the courage of us Brits that the tubes and buses are all running as normal this morning, aside from a few stations which are still being cleaned up.


frogface - Jul 8, 2005 2:02 am (#1372 of 2963)

Thank you for your messages everyone, I'm really touched by them. I rarely speak to any of you on a personal level but I always feel a connection to you all because even though I don't really know you properly, I know we all share a love of at least one thing (Harry Potter...duh). On hearing yesterday's news one of my first thoughts was also to inform forum members and it’s so encouraging to see so many messages of support and love from you all. The resolve to carry on as normal is very uplifting, it makes me very proud to be English, and to be part of the world that is fighting against this baffling extremism. My dad works in London and uses one of the tube lines that was attacked, however he was not on the tube at the time and is fine. My brother is currently working in Canada at a summer camp, and we were able to get in touch with him and let him know that everyone in the family is fine.

Anyway I've gone on for long enough Smile just wanted to say thank you all and hopefully our spirits will be lifted even further in about a week’s time Smile


Ponine - Jul 8, 2005 4:09 am (#1373 of 2963)

Hello everyone, I am not sure whether this is out of place or not, but at least it is from my heart. I feel proud and hopeful today, and this forum has much to do with it. When tragedy strikes, it always knocks you off your feet, and I am sure I have many Europeans with me when I say that the recent events in London brought the realization home that bad things can happen anywhere at any time. My heart truly goes out to all those who were personally affected. What makes me feel incredibly proud is that while this could easily have made me feel defeated, I feel stronger. I feel united with strangers (which most of you are, after all), and I feel hopeful that even tragedies such as these will only bring us closer and more determined to persevere, and move towards a time where attacks such as these will only be part of a painful memory. Finally, I do not know whether there are moslems on this forum or not, but I want to emphasize and remind us all that for every one that condones this behavior, there are a thousand who do not.

Thanks everyone, for helping me believe that there is hope! **climbs down from soapbox with hankie and perhaps melodrama, but in all sincerity**


Catherine - Jul 8, 2005 4:51 am (#1374 of 2963)

Again, it's great to see our Forumers here on the thread.

Whoppers, Denise? Umm...I love Whoppers. As a teenager I used to crush them up and fold them into softened ice cream, put it into a cookie crust and freeze it. Whopper pie!

If eating straight, I like to let the malted part dissolve on my tongue.

Maybe I deserve a treat today....

Happy Friday.


The giant squid - Jul 8, 2005 4:59 am (#1375 of 2963)

Weclome back, Lori! I'm reminded of a line from "the Bobs" from Office Space: "We...fixed...the glitch. So everything should just work itself out."

How do you eat Whoppers?--Denise P.

My preferred method of disposing of Whoppers is to give them to my dad. I never acquired a taste for malted milk... He did manage to instill upon me his taste for root beer barrel candies, though.

do smilies count as legal disclaimers?—Chemyst

No, but your use of "pretty sure" should keep you out of any legal trouble. I'm pretty sure, anyway. We'll have to ask Loopy to take off his Miss Manners hat & put on his lawyer hat for a real answer, though.



azi - Jul 8, 2005 5:06 am (#1376 of 2963)

Mmmm, Malteasers...I let the chocolate melt on my tongue and then let the malty bit melt too. Smile Sometimes I eat all the chocolate first and then crunch up the malt. The packet never lasts long enough anyway!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 8, 2005 6:01 am (#1377 of 2963)

You should be fine Chemyst, but it would be a good idea to punctuate any possible slander with an "I'm kidding" smilie.

Well, I hope everyone has a good weekend. I can't stand this wait any longer. Grrr.


Penny Lane. - Jul 8, 2005 6:11 am (#1378 of 2963)

I can't take the wait much longer, either. Did anyone see the pictures at TLC this morning of the BACK of the US cover? I wish I were able to zoom in closer, as I'm a spoiler fanatic.

Heheh - I love Office Space. Makes me think of practically everywhere I've worked, cubicle or not.

So, what's the word on the "offical" countdown?


Gina R Snape - Jul 8, 2005 7:01 am (#1379 of 2963)

Mmmmm, chooooocolate.

I eat Maltesers/Whoppers by just popping them in my mouth and crunching. Sometimes one at a time, sometimes a few at a time. And Lizzy, I cannot imagine eating a Mars bar like the way you described! You've got to get everything together in every bite! That way the chocolate melts and the rest is all gooey and chewy. Mmmmmm. btw, the American equivalent of Mars bars is Milky Way. Mars bars in the States have nuts in them.

EDIT: I just went to TLC and the back cover was taken down. What did it look like?


Penny Lane. - Jul 8, 2005 7:16 am (#1380 of 2963)

Mmmm Milky Ways.......

The pictures looked like greenish blobs with writing on them They weren't very clear, but you could see two-three faces on the back. Rather similar to that cutout we saw. They were labeled as a spoiler though, for who knows what reason.


Denise P. - Jul 8, 2005 7:30 am (#1381 of 2963)

There were big spoilers posted about the back cover so I eagerly clicked....to discover a teeny picture that had a bright flash spot and you couldn't see anything! If you go to TLC and read the comments, you can see what some people, who apparently eat more carrots than I could in a lifetime, saw.

Okay, on the Milky Way (Mars Bar) front, I sometimes eat it in stages, being careful to get the caramel off first and then the rest but my preferred way is either frozen or really soft and gooey.


Penny Lane. - Jul 8, 2005 7:52 am (#1382 of 2963)

Well, I upped the resolution and zoomed in, and all I could see were blobbish things. I have two of the pictures on my computer if you want them Gina.. but it's really not worth it. I was SO excited about the big words SPOILER - WE WARNED YOU. it's not April 1st, come on... Anyway, so supposedly we are supposed to be getting something 'real' later today from scholastic. *jumps up and down cheering* *toe touch*

Milky Ways - I didn't know we were discussing how we ate them.  I guess I just take a bite and chew.  Now, Little Debbie Cake Rolls - I tend to eat all the chocolate outside, then unroll it if I can, and eat it in pieces. Peanut Butter cups I usually take 2 bites, and I eat all the peanuts from my Snickers first.


Madam Pince - Jul 8, 2005 8:19 am (#1383 of 2963)

Ponine, what a beautiful and touching post. I'm right there with you on your soapbox, so budge on over...

I am anxiously awaiting Timrew's new avatar showing his version of his country's sentiments.

Whoppers -- I only like the kind from Burger King. Malted milk balls -- yucky! (Also on same soapbox as Chemyst....) But Milky Ways or Snickers or Reece's Cups? Mmmmmmmmm.... I just shove them all in at once rather than eating off the various components. As Catherine said: Two great tastes that taste great together!

Everyone have a great weekend! I'm off to continue the never-ending chore of trying to clean out my deceased aunt's house (this process has been going on....and on....and on....) Sigh. Wish me luck!


pottermom34 - Jul 8, 2005 8:20 am (#1384 of 2963)

don't know the official word on the countdown but when I went to Barnes & Noble Wednesday their countdown calendar was off by 2 days. That is more upsetting than Walmarts calendar being off.   B&N is a bookstore for pete sake it should be more accurate.  :mad:

MMM chocolate. I eat those candies by taking bites and chewing. My husband eats whoppers by the handful (what can I say he's a piglet).

Glad to see our London friends are ok

Incidentally, I didn't see much of a spoiler on TLC's page either. The HP New York Times puzzle is coming up on Sunday is everyone getting one, I might if I can afford it.

Off to make lunch and find some chocolate, all this chocolate talk is killing me.


Denise P. - Jul 8, 2005 8:35 am (#1385 of 2963)

Yay! I made a new record for me on Expert Minesweeper!! I got it in 215!! Now, compared to JKR's 99...mine is pathetically slow but considering my record before was closer to 300, I am very pleased!


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 8, 2005 8:42 am (#1386 of 2963)

Whoppers yum! boy it has been a long time. I ate (scrapped) the outside chocolate first, then would crunch the malted part squirrel style, with my front teeth, until it was too small then pop the rest in my mouth and crunch.

My wonderful husband offered to drive me to the Barnes and Nobles Potter party on July 15 in West Hartford, which is about a 45 minutes away. This is a tremendous sacrifice on his part as he hates crowds, parties, and noises. And he certainly doesn't like leaving the comforts of home in the middle of the night.

For the last several releases (movies and books ) my friend and I have gone together. We have gone to the nearest all night supermarket, about 15 minute drive away. They don’t have any kind of party just the line up of people who line up because they want to buy the book. I told my husband “no”. I want the book, I want the book the first second I can get my hand on it! Ohh, what a terrible person I am.

(Whahoo, one week)



KWeldon - Jul 8, 2005 8:54 am (#1387 of 2963)

TLC is reporting the back cover of the book, and I am afraid to go into the threads. Can someone here tell me how spoilerific it actually is? I'm seriously considering staying away from here in case someone inadvertently tells me something I don't want to know yet, no matter how small.


Chemyst - Jul 8, 2005 9:06 am (#1388 of 2963)

...but it would be a good idea to punctuate any possible slander with an "I'm kidding" smilie. – Loopy
  Duly noted; scratch the wink, add the I'm kidding.

KWeldon, if you have seen the advertising poster, it was made from elements on the back cover. White text begins now: Kids looking up at a starry dark mark, with castle in background. The only thing I see that is new information is that the dark mark does appear to be at Hogwarts School. ***


Denise P. - Jul 8, 2005 9:13 am (#1389 of 2963)

Personally, I would say there is nothing even remotely spoiler like about the back cover but everyone has their own idea of what it is. Over on the "HP6: The Half-Blood Prince" thread, I wrote a brief description of the back cover.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 8, 2005 9:19 am (#1390 of 2963)

I agree with Denise. I won't describe anything here so as to keep this thread "spoiler free." However, I think I could post the pic right here and not give anything away. I won't though.


Gina R Snape - Jul 8, 2005 9:26 am (#1391 of 2963)

Well, it was cool to see that artwork. Pity we don't get to see the text, though.


*composes self*


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 8, 2005 9:50 am (#1392 of 2963)

as a reward for having finished reading the Sorcerer's Stone, I'm letting the kids watch the movie this morning. When the scene with Professor Snape started, they said “is that Michael Jackson?” My kids aren't normally allowed to watch televison.

Does anyone know what's happened to The leaky Cauldron?


Denise P. - Jul 8, 2005 9:57 am (#1393 of 2963)

TLC loads and looks fine to me.


Ydnam96 - Jul 8, 2005 10:11 am (#1394 of 2963)

TLC looks wierd to me, you can see all the HTML (or whatever) code they use instead of the way it's supposed to look.


Gina R Snape - Jul 8, 2005 10:25 am (#1395 of 2963)

Yes, it looks funny to me too.


Herm-own-ninny Weezly - Jul 8, 2005 10:35 am (#1396 of 2963)

According to Mugglenet, TLC's server is melting. I have no clue what that means, since I am slightly technologically-uninformed...


azi - Jul 8, 2005 10:37 am (#1397 of 2963)

Weird, it was fine for me less than a minute ago...very weird...

Mars Bars are called Milky Ways in the US? So what are Milky Ways called?


Helen Potterfan - Jul 8, 2005 10:51 am (#1398 of 2963)

The TLC page wouldn't load properly for me for a while, but it finally cleared up. The only facet of the back cover that is a spoiler is the location of the dark mark. We have already seen the dark mark and the people. I was hoping for the back cover text, so I was quite disappointed to only see the artwork. I really want something else! Just a little blurb will do! But I suppose I'll survive another 7 days, 10 hours, and 8 minutes!


KWeldon - Jul 8, 2005 11:20 am (#1399 of 2963)

I was going to peek until your answer, Accio HBP, plus Mugglenet confirms that its location is conspicuous. Hmmmm...

On the HBP thread I had proposed to start one word posts guessing the identity of the HBP about 48 hrs before release, just as an interesting way to see what everyone thinks. Maybe I'll check out until then, although I suspect my willpower will give out!


GryffEndora - Jul 8, 2005 11:51 am (#1400 of 2963)

I live in the US. I've had a mars bar here I think it had almonds in it, Milky Ways don't have nuts. At least that is what I remember.

I also eat the Whoppers inside out dissolving the inside and saving the chocolate for last.
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Elanor - Jul 8, 2005 12:00 pm (#1401 of 2963)

Ponine, thanks for your great post, I do feel like you!
A big (((hug))) again to our British members. Has anyone got some news from Phelim yet?

Lori, it is great to see you again! Did you finally receive my mail? I tried to send it to you for a week but it was always returned to me till yesterday.

Today was crazy! My brother's wedding is tomorrow and we didn't stop running all day long for the flowers, setting the tables... Everything is (nearly) ready and I hope the ceremony will go well. I also hope the weather will be better than today because it was rainy and very cool (19°C, 66°F) and all the women have planned light summer dresses!

Have a good weekend everybody!


Finn BV - Jul 8, 2005 12:44 pm (#1402 of 2963)

Lori, glad to see you're back! (Yours till Lori thinks of more closing liners… )

Have fun at your brother's wedding, Elanor!

I thought of you all today as we avoided the check-out clerks at Home Depot by using the self check-out! W00t! I love those things; you feel so professional.

I can hardly wait! To steal from Gina, *composes self*  (not really! )


Denise P. - Jul 8, 2005 1:24 pm (#1403 of 2963)

Well, I tried to subvert the younger generation but to no avail.

My oldest daughter works at a bookstore. She said it is all decorated for the HBP release and she has been wearing a black robe (graduation gown) to work (I told her to wear Dobby socks too). She has never read the books, has no clue anything about them but she is still able to say she goes to Hogwarts when people ask where she graduated from.

I asked her to pick me up a second copy of the book with her employee discount (it will be about $9) so I can send it to Mr. Denise. Then I said if she slipped out a copy NOW and airmailed it to me next day air, I would pay her back and deny she sent it. There was a shocked silence. "Mom, I can't do that! I can't even see the book until the night of the 15th!" I just laughed and told her I knew that and I was teasing her. (Really, I was but I can dream!)

We then discussed the security around the book and how she has never seen anything like it. She also said that internal mail for her store chain said there would be NO reading the first chapter at 11 pm to crowds. I guess some bookstores had planned to read the first chapter at 11 pm and JKR/Scholastic is frowning big time on that idea.

Alas, I raised her correctly...she was not willing to risk her job or JKR/Scholastic's wrath to get me a book early.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 8, 2005 2:00 pm (#1404 of 2963)

Denise, I have to say I am very interested in the security the bookstores have enacted to protect HBP. Not that I'd even think of hijacking one (shame on you, by the way ), but what exactly are the big stores doing with their massive inventory? The logistics of it fascinate me.


Lina  - Jul 8, 2005 2:02 pm (#1405 of 2963)

Have a good time at the wedding, Elanor!

I have got an invitation for a release event (I'm not sure what would be the right term) for a book that is going to be held July 15th! Actually, I was really looking forward for that book to be released, and, honestly, I already read it. The author is a young guy who is a student at the faculty I work at. He has some genetic disease that makes his muscles more and more weak. It was a big shock for him and his parents when they found out about that disease and he had a big struggle accepting the fact that he had to use a wheel-chair. But then he started to write. In his novels, he describes the life and feelings of the people in wheel-chairs, making them closer to the other people, and, at the same time, he shows how full and happy life in the wheel-chair can be. I'm so happy for the gift of knowing him, and I'm so happy that he found a publisher. I wish that all the people could read his books.

Now, if my town had a HBP release party, I could go from one event to the other. This way, I'll have to wait for the postman...


John Bumbledore - Jul 8, 2005 2:03 pm (#1406 of 2963)

Ah, is this the confessions of a host, Denise? For shame!

Elanor, Oh! What I wouldn't give for temperatures of (19°C, 66°F), Yesterday was 93°F (33.9°C) and today is supposed to have a high of 91°F

<)B^D= John Bumbledore


Catherine - Jul 8, 2005 2:53 pm (#1407 of 2963)

I was in Barnes and Noble today, and told the clerk that the countdown calendar was wrong.

She looked at me like I'd gone spare.

I admire your daughter's strength of character, Denise. If I worked in a bookstore, I'd probably try to peek.

All of this excitement has made me dizzy. I can't wait for the book!

Have a great weekend, everyone. Our last HbP-free weekend--woo hoo!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 8, 2005 2:59 pm (#1408 of 2963)

You had to try Denise. Any self-respecting HP fan with those connections would have to give it a shot. I admire your daughter for not disregarding the rules. I'm glad I don't work in a book store. I could not stand the temptation.

Mr. Ludicrous and I have been watching the Tour de France. I would like to say to our French members what a lovely country you have. I had the pleasure of visiting it last year for a brief time. Now I want to spend a lot of time there! LPO


timrew - Jul 8, 2005 3:37 pm (#1409 of 2963)

I've just read in the paper, a quote from Al Queda which went something like..........

All the British are quaking in their boots, they are so scared of us......blah, blah, blah..........

To quote Harry Potter............."You wish!"


Gina R Snape - Jul 8, 2005 4:34 pm (#1410 of 2963)

Yeah, I read that too.


Catherine - Jul 8, 2005 4:51 pm (#1411 of 2963)

Gina, that avatar made me truly laugh aloud.

Thanks for the smile.


Chemyst - Jul 8, 2005 5:51 pm (#1412 of 2963)

Yahoo news has an interactive map on the London bombings. I thought it was interesting because it gives a little bit of detail about the stations that were hit, such as the Aldgate station is near Jack the Ripper's old haunts, Edgware Road is in an Arab community, Charles Dickens lived near Tavistock Square for a couple years, and of course, HP is mentioned in connection with King's Cross.


I certainly don't want to be flippant about acts of terrorism, but when I saw the map, I had to wonder about Dumbledore's scar, and wherever he may be now, if it was painful yesterday.


Thora - Jul 8, 2005 6:38 pm (#1413 of 2963)

Chemyst, lol, I was thinking along the same lines, funny how much HP has taken over my mind.

Lori, it is so good to see you back, we've missed you.



Eponine - Jul 8, 2005 8:19 pm (#1414 of 2963)

Holy Cow, we're a chatty bunch. I'm out of town for a few days, and I come back to 200+ posts on this thread.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in London.

We've been in DC, and we were expecting higher security, but the only thing we saw was a policeman with a gun standing guard outside the FBI building.

We had a great time there and got to see a lot of stuff we didn't before. We went to Arlington to see the changing of the guard, and we went to the National Archives which seems to be extremely popular right now. I wonder if the movie National Treasure has anything to do with that. I was utterly disappointed with the Folger Shakespeare Library because they don't really let you see anything except a First Folio and a glimpse of the reading room where all the rare books are. We got a tour of the Capitol from a friend who works inside, and we went by the Library of Congress. My feet hate me about now because we walked so much. The WWII memorial is beautiful.

Anyway, I love the back cover art, and I can't believe that a week from now I'll be at Barnes and Noble waiting to get my book!


Denise P. - Jul 8, 2005 8:34 pm (#1415 of 2963)

Well, I had an exciting evening. Nothing like hearing a crash, thud and scream followed by bellowing kids and one coming into sight, covered in blood. A heavy book end came crashing down on the noggin of the 4 year old and as I am always predicting, it cracked his head open. It was just a gash but head wounds always look bad. After a brief clean up at home, we hustled out and headed to the ER. Even though it was busy, we got in and out fairly quickly. The doctor said staples were not really needed, it would heal on its own fine, but he would staple if I wanted him to. Uhm, no thanks, I prefer my eardrums intact not to mention the hysteria it would have caused to the 4 year old. So, we got a ruined shirt, a head gash, a small spot of trimmed hair and antibiotic cream for our excitment this evening. Said 4 year old is now sleeping just fine but was rather disappointed he didn't get any watermelon tylenol out of the deal.


Helen Potterfan - Jul 8, 2005 9:03 pm (#1416 of 2963)

Oh My Goodness. It's 12:01 A.M. That means: LESS THAN A WEEK!!!!!!!! 6 DAYS, 23 HOURS, 59 MINUTES.

Sorry, I just had to get that out and knew that this was the only place I could do it.

Deninse, sorry about the ER visit. I'm glad staples weren't needed!



Elanor - Jul 8, 2005 10:43 pm (#1417 of 2963)

Thanks for your wishes about the wedding, I hope everything will go well! The sky is still very grey this morning but, for now, it doesn't rain, I hope it will remain like that! You wouldn't know efficient weather charms by chance, would you?

Denise, I'm sorry about the ER visit too! I hope he will feel better tomorrow.

Gina, I love your new avatar!

LPO: Mr. Ludicrous and I have been watching the Tour de France. I would like to say to our French members what a lovely country you have. I had the pleasure of visiting it last year for a brief time. Now I want to spend a lot of time there!
Thank you so much! And you're welcome back anytime you want! If you liked the first stages of the Tour, don't miss the stages in the mountains that start today. The best ones, in the Alps, will be on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Have a great day/night everybody!


Ydnam96 - Jul 8, 2005 10:50 pm (#1418 of 2963)

Denise, I am so glad that your 4 year old is alright. That must have been scary. I hate blood. Ewwwww

Only one more week till Half Blood Prince, my birthday, and work starting up again. I'm so excited. I miss my co-workers. Because we work with the college students most of us have the summer off. I have been one of the two summer RDs. But all of us will be back next Monday.

Trying not to wish away time. But anxiously awaiting these fun events Smile. Yay.


septentrion - Jul 9, 2005 12:37 am (#1419 of 2963)

Hello !

I'm also excited to know it's less than a week now.

Elanor, I don't know any weather charm alas ! Had I known some, I would have used it in my neck of the wood as well. The weather's supposed to improve but it will be too late for your brother, although those who will go to U2's concerts in Stade de France this week-end (missed it :sad:) will be glad to have no rain.

I haven't read all the 80 or so messages back, I can't keep up with so chatty people - but don't change ! - so happy birthday, best wishes and prayers for Londoners.

Yes LPO, come back whenever you want and if you need some advice, just ask, Elanor or I may have the answer

Everyone have a great last week-end without HBP !


Gina R Snape - Jul 9, 2005 4:26 am (#1420 of 2963)

Thanks, ladies!

I'm off to the Renaissance Festival in upstate New York today. My friends are going to AK me, though, when they find out my mistake. There are TWO REnaissance events in NY and one is 45 minutes from NYC and the other is a few hours away. Guess which one we are actually driving to... OOOPS! Realised it last night when I went looking for directions.

Well, I'll just tell them before we leave Manhattan and anyone who wants out can go. (I hope not all of them!!!). Wish me luck.


Catherine - Jul 9, 2005 5:18 am (#1421 of 2963)

Nothing like an ER visit to add excitement to your day, Denise. I hope everyone at your house is feeling calmer and better.

Eponine, welcome back from D.C. We had so much fun when we were there a few weeks ago, too.

Well, I'm off to work on our jungle backyard today. We're still in the ripping out/regrading, and cleaning up phase, which is the least fun. I want to get as much this work done as I can before next weekend.

Something tells me I will not want to be working in the yard next weekend.

Have a great Saturday, everyone.


mike miller - Jul 9, 2005 6:01 am (#1422 of 2963)

Denise - Sorry to hear of your ER visit, though glad it was not serious. Are any of your kids more likely to be the one getting the "gash"? My younger brother had a real knack for injurues; by the time he was 8 he had received stitches on 8 different occasions. As the older brother, I was only responsible for 3 of them.

Well it looks like I'll be waiting in line at midnight this Friday. I know many of you were already planning this activity. Based on a friend's experience of not getting his copy until 2 am after waiting nearly 4 hours, I was not planning the midnight event.

We are going to Myrtle Beach for a weeks’ vacation, my mother-in-law lives there so it's nice to have a free place to stay. My original plan called for driving down on Sunday which would allow Amazon to deliver my collector's edition on Saturday while I took care of the weekly chores (grass cutting and alike). Now it looks like my brother-in-law and family can only stop by during the first weekend, new job and not a lot of vacation time or seniority. So we'll be hitting the road early on Saturday morning. Barnes & Noble does not open until 9am on Saturday (thankfully I have a copy reserved there also) and I hope to be near Richmond, VA by that time. So, I'll be there at 10pm to get my number and hope to be out by shortly before 1am. A couple hours of sleep is better than no sleep when you're driving.

Wishing everyone a great weekend, especially our friends in the U.K. and London in particular. Thank goodness for the indomitable British spirit! If Timrew organizes a mass demonstration of how we feel about those who employ terror to achieve their goals, I'll fly to the U.K. to lend my body part to the display.


boop - Jul 9, 2005 6:48 am (#1423 of 2963)

Denise, glad to hear your son will be fine.

Gina, good luck and have lots of fun.

I have Taysha and Dustin for the weekend. Both are being good.

Everyone have a good weekend.

(((hugs))) to London

hugs always



Denise P. - Jul 9, 2005 8:32 am (#1424 of 2963)

Are any of your kids more likely to be the one getting the "gash"?

Mike, not really. I normally get a comment when they go in for check ups "The last time he was in was in [insert year] for an ER visit? No ear infections or anything?" I guess, with the exception of Devin, I have a pretty healthy lot. Even Devin is healthy as a horse for a kid in his situation. I just hate bringing them in for every minor bump and cough so we have learned to recognize quickly what truly needs medical attention and what looks icky but is okay as long as you watch it.

The 4 year old is bouncing around like normal this morning, if quite proud to show off his war wound and the worse part of the experience, as far as he is concerned, is that Mom laid down the law that no more blanket forts would be built. They had built forts of blankets and used the book end as an anchor to hold a sheet up. As he crawled inside, the book end came crashing down on his head.

Can you believe at this time next week, some of us will have already finished reading HBP??! A lady who is due to have a baby about the same time as I am is having her husband buy the book and then hide it until she is in the hospital. That is will power, I could not hold on to it for a month without reading it.


Marie E. - Jul 9, 2005 9:48 am (#1425 of 2963)

When my oldest was between the ages of two and three and a half, she got stitches/staples four times. The last time she needed stitches I was so nonchalant about it, "Ho-hum, gushing blood". The youngest was in the ER three times for Nursemaid's Elbow (a tendon that slips off the elbow, not serious but painful) and three times for sticking foreign objects up her nose. We usually go through bouts of strep throat every fall, but other than that they're both pretty healthy kids now.

My in-laws left yesterday, after bringing the girls back and staying for a few days, and now I'm faced with the reality of washing my own dishes and clothes. It was very nice having help for a few days. My father-in-law helped my husband install a new front door and new French doors in our downstairs family room. The old downstairs doors were scary aluminum sliding glass doors that were old and cobwebby. The new doors are a big improvement! The French doors also have built in blinds so I never have to dust them. Hallelujah!

It's supposed to be 95 today and the girls are invited to a swimming party. I'll be slathering on the sunscreen as soon as I log off.


Ydnam96 - Jul 9, 2005 9:56 am (#1426 of 2963)

Oh, I had to go to the ER as a kid for sticking a Kix up my nose! haha, I don't think my parents were impressed. I think I drank some bleach once too. That was bad.

Denise, will she have time in the hospital to read it? I would think it would be better to read before the birth so you know you can finish it.

I think it's supposed to be in the 90s here today. Bleh. Oh well. Maybe I'll go swimming. That counts as exercise right?


fleur-de-lys - Jul 9, 2005 9:59 am (#1427 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Jul 9, 2005 10:45 am

Ponine, Madam Pince, The Giant Squid, Elanor, fbv807, and Thora, THANK YOU for the greetings back. I have missed posting just a tiny bit. It’s good to see you guys too, although I have been reading when the mood strikes.

The Inquisitorial Squad has already infiltrated my household. O dear Lori, I hope all is well?—Mare

Sorry, Mare, I'm not up on how to do all the accents like the one on your name. I'm just not that computer literate. All is well, but it was scary for a minute. The hubby has a website for his fancar league. Fancar is a fantasy league for NASCAR, kind of like fantasy baseball and football. Anyway, he put a chat room and forum on the website so members could discuss NASCAR. He posted something and I was the first response. As I was posting, he said "Don't put anything silly or stupid." I ask you, would I ever say anything silly or stupid? Don't answer that. (I know others are reading this!) I couldn't believe that a member of the Inquisitorial Squad had infiltrated my household! It was scary for a bit, but I've put up some well-placed shield spells around the computer to combat the problem. CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!!!

Madam Pince, Mom is not doing well. Her back pain is terrible and it’s going to be a loooong road of physical therapy to get back and they're not even sure that will work. She was back in the hospital, for the third time over the holiday weekend. They did lots of tests to try and pinpoint the pain, but I'm still not sure we got a straight answer. They did rule some things out, but I still can't say exactly what it is. It’s getting very frustrating because the pain is so debilitating. She can barely even walk around the house. She starts PT on Monday, so hopefully this is a start to the end of the road.

Whoppers, ICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reese's, now there's a candy I can get into. I eat one in a few bites, then I nibble the chocolate of the other one, sides then bottom then top, then i mush the peanut butter into a cube and eat that in two bites. I know, I know, there's something wrong with me. I guess I just really like the peanut butter. I'm like that with McDonald's chicken nuggets. Half I eat normally, half I nibble off the coating and then eat the chicken. I have issues. I can totally identify with Sally from Coupling, I'm prone to having issues!

Giant Squid, OFFICE SPACE, what a classic movie. I've never held an office job or worked more than 10 minutes from home, but it still cracks me up. What a HOOT!!!!! Gee, now I have to go watch it again.

Elanor, I did recieve your email. I will be emailing you back shortly. I should have done it immediately, since you had such a tough time getting it to me. I'm sorry. I can be really bad with email. If I check and don't have time to respond, I can forget its there. My short term memory is not real good. I guess it’s time for Ginko Biloba. I'll get back to you real soon. How did the wedding go? Will we be seeing pics? I'd love to.

fbv807, I love U-SCAN too. I use it all the time at Giant and whereever else I can. I've always loved baggin groceries and I guess I never got over my childhood fascination with the scanner. They're great. But I hate when the line for that is longer than the regular checkouts.

Bumbledore, I hear ya on the temp front. Its been HOT and HUMID here too. We did get a break yesterday, but It looks to go up again tomorrow. I was looking at a catalog last nite that had Fall decorations in it and I thought "I can't wait for fall!" This is about the time I start to get antsy for cooler weather. But I guess I'll have to wait about 3 more months. One of these days, I'm gonna walk outside and melt. I know it!

Chemyst, I had heard, on Thursday, something about King's Cross and the bombings. I immediately thought "I hope they didn't get the Hogwart's Express." Harry Potter is so real to most of us, that I think we've all had reactions similar to yours and mine. You're not alone, Sweetie.

Gina, a Ren Faire, now I can't wait for ours in August. Its been a few years since I've been, but we're going this year. It'll be the munchkin's first time and I'm anxious to see what he thinks. They have a live chess match and they pick people out of the audience to help fill the spots. I may have to stand to the front and try to get picked this year. It would be soo cool to participate. I'll be thinking of Harry, Ron and Hermione and wizard chess. Although, I don't remember this game being quite so violent.

I'm so excited. I just reserved my copy of HBP this morning. I know its cutting it a bit close, but I'm glad I waited. I had been so jealous of everyone talking about the release parties they were going to. I hadn't heard anything about any around here, just stores that had special discounts for pre-ordering. Last week, my mother-in-law sent over an ad for a local bookstore that is having a party Friday nite. They're opening at 11:00 p.m. and we're getting the books at 12:01 a.m. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited that I'm going to a party. They're having games, food and crafts. Its going to be sooo cool. Sorry to anyone who isn’t able to get to a party. I don't want to seem like I'm rubbing it in anyone's face. I'm just so excited I can hardly contain myself. I think I'll have to go and email my Pastor. He's been after me about pre-ordering my book for months. He asks whenever I talk to him.

Well, I hope everyone has a good weekend. Talk to y'all soon.

Yours till the Kitchen Sinks, Lori : ) (Sorry, fbv807, haven't thought up anymore yet. Help me out!)


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 9, 2005 10:04 am (#1428 of 2963)

Elanor and Septentrion Thank you! I am looking forward to the Tour going through the Alps. I went through them in a train so I got to see lots of tunnels.

This time next week we will be discussing the events of HBP. I learned with OoP the quickest way to pick up a copy was at a grocery store at midnight. The line was short and they gave the same discount. Alas this time I've committed myself to meeting a friend at Borders. She is a HP fan and the 15th is her birthday. LPO


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 9, 2005 12:01 pm (#1429 of 2963)

So, I'll be there at 10pm to get my number and hope to be out by shortly before 1am. A couple hours of sleep is better than no sleep when you're driving. mike miller

But how will you be able to sleep once you have the book. I have to work on Saturdays, but there's no way I will be able to sleep until I get to at least Chapter 6. I should just take the day off.


septentrion - Jul 9, 2005 2:12 pm (#1430 of 2963)

warning : I'm going to rant. So, next week is HBP's release. I don't work on Saturdays, nor on Sundays and I take the Monday off to have time to read. That I thought. A friend I haven't seen for months has invited us with a bunch of people next Sunday and I couldn't refuse. But tonight I've been invited for a wedding Saturday 16th July ! AAAAAArrrrrrrrrgh ! It's just the mass and a drink after but it will spoil around 4 hours of reading. ***end of ranting***

Thanks for listening to me.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 9, 2005 2:48 pm (#1431 of 2963)

Oh septentrion, that's just not right. And you're not allowed to invite people to a wedding without at least 6-8 weeks’ notice so you're entitled to tell them you have other, very important plans.

I was at the bookstore last night and got myself a new booklight so I can stay up late in bed reading HBP. It's very discreet. So discreet you could probably sneak a book into a wedding service... Not that I'm suggesting such a thing. But should one find oneself in a bind.....


Ydnam96 - Jul 9, 2005 2:56 pm (#1432 of 2963)

Lupin is Lupin, haha, that made me laugh. Maybe we should all invest in one


T Brightwater - Jul 9, 2005 3:01 pm (#1433 of 2963)

Lori, sorry to hear your mom is still having trouble. PT can be pretty painful at the outset, so I'm sending some Cheering Charms her way. I'll reiterate my recommendation for massage, too.

My mom is doing great! She's not used to focussing with both eyes yet but it's getting better all the time, and she's really looking forward to HBP, though I've told her we have to finish _To Say Nothing of the Dog_ first. That ought to give my husband time to finish HBP before I start reading it to Mom.

(arrgh - I won't get it until the 26th because I'll be teaching at a workshop. Rotten timing.)


timrew - Jul 9, 2005 3:21 pm (#1434 of 2963)

To all Forum members in the UK..........

Have you seen that there's a Harry Potter quiz on the TV tomorrow about 5 or 5.30 in the afternoon?

Have we any Forum members entering it? They should have no trouble winning if they do!


Penny Lane. - Jul 9, 2005 4:39 pm (#1435 of 2963)

I went and reserved my book from Barnes and Noble today and they had all sorts of HP stuff I want. I am so excited.. I want to buy it all.. the "scene it" game, the Harry Potter book light, the Chess Set, the Calander, everything. I so can't wait.

Okay, I"m done gushing now.


Denise P. - Jul 9, 2005 4:52 pm (#1436 of 2963)
Edited Jul 9, 2005 6:53 pm

Penny, I read your post 3 times because I kept seeing "I went and recieved my book..." I was wondering how in the heck you got it already and was turning green here.

I hope all the Forum members in the Gulf States who are in the path of Danny are able to safely get through landfall. Looking at the maps, it seems like it will be within the next 24 hours that if makes land. Keep safe everyone!


The giant squid - Jul 9, 2005 5:35 pm (#1437 of 2963)

Gee, Lori, couldn't tell you were happy to be back or anything...  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 464751818   I've never really held an office job either, but no matter what your line of work there's something in Office Space that you can relate to. Kind of weird when you realize it's from the same guy who gave us Beavis & Butthead...



Catherine - Jul 9, 2005 6:22 pm (#1438 of 2963)

Let me echo Squid Mike about the movie Office Space.

We love to quote all the "memo" quotes. That is one of the funniest movies I never watched the first time around, and was SO glad I rented.

Let me also say that I hope our members are safe from storms and doing well, no matter what.


Herm-own-ninny Weezly - Jul 9, 2005 6:29 pm (#1439 of 2963)

I just read on imdb that Office Space has reached cult status on video but it flopped in the theatres. Does anyone know what it takes for a movie to be referred to in this manner? I've heard the term before, for things like Rocky Horror and such. Perhaps Harry Potter could be considered cult films (there are enough of us who follow everything Harry Potter, if fans is the determining factor...)?

Edit: imdb doesn't refer to the Harry Potter movies in this manner. But I'm still confused about how a movie reaches this status...


Penny Lane. - Jul 9, 2005 6:43 pm (#1440 of 2963)

All you've ever wanted to know about "Cult" films: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_movies

I find TPS reports very funny. Even funnier when they were referred to on "Lost" in episode four "Walkabout".

Denise, I'm sorry I confused you. But why do you have something "Spoiler-ized"? Now I'm thinking that you know something I don't. *makes sinister face*


Denise P. - Jul 9, 2005 6:47 pm (#1441 of 2963)

Spoilerized? **:goes back to look**** Pfft, I was showing one of my boys how to make text invisible and didn't take it off.

You didn't confuse me so much as it was wishful thinking on my part that someone got the book early. I would be both thrilled for them and green with envy at the same time! LOL

Never heard of Office Space, guess I will have to add that to my Netflix list.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 9, 2005 6:54 pm (#1442 of 2963)

Oh septentrion, that's just not right. And you're not allowed to invite people to a wedding without at least 6-8 weeks notice so you're entitled to tell them you have other, very important plans. -- Lupin is Lupin

Ahem. Indeed. Indeed. I actually think that, all kidding aside, that discreetly reading HBP on a back pew could even be excused.......Ouch!!! Something just hit me with a white glove!

Some might remember that I had a dilemma myself what with my parents having their 40th wedding anniversary on July 18th. So, I'm expected to visit that weekend. So, I have reserved a CD copy of the books and am taking the 18th off from work. That way, I can get my book and drive down on Saturday during the day, but listen as a drive. Once I arrive it's back to reading.


haymoni - Jul 9, 2005 6:57 pm (#1443 of 2963)

I think Office Space is a great example of a film that has reached "cult status". I think it may have to do with the universal situations the movie depicted - we've all had stupid jobs - maybe we didn't have to wear "flair", but we may have had to sweep up something disgusting or wear a hideous uniform. We've been in jobs that were at least one time or another boring and dull. We've all worked with weirdos and people that thought they could manipulate us.

I don't think a film necessarily has to be a flop first - I think it has more to do with a movie becoming part of a generation's culture and being a bit subversive.

There is a great difference between being able to recite Scarlett's "as God is my witness" speech and being able to recite Otter's defense of America speech from Animal House.

Movies like "The Princess Bride", "Young Frankenstein" - (make that ANYTHING from Mel Brooks) - there is something that compels us to watch these movies time and time again and to quote from them whenever possible.

I don't see the Potter movies becoming "cult films" until the 11-year-olds of today are about 30 and can still quote from the movies.

Mike - you out there to comment?


Chemyst - Jul 9, 2005 8:09 pm (#1444 of 2963)

I can understand prioritizing for weddings, ocean side visits with the mother-in-law, and 40th anniversaries, but this ???
A lady who is due to have a baby about the same time as I am is having her husband buy the book and then hide it until she is in the hospital.
 **need head-scratching smilie**   This makes no sense to me. Why would anyone want to stay in a hospital long enough to read HBP when you have a new baby to get acquainted with?

on booklights: So discreet you could probably sneak a book into a wedding service...
Should you try Kim's suggestion, you may want to remove the book jacket and accessorize with one of the zippered leather Bible covers, as the calico and ribbon ones are a bit gauche for a wedding.

I don't see the Potter movies becoming "cult films" until the 11-year-olds of today are about 30 and can still quote from the movies. – Haymoni
Heh, heh, heh.  ...Or until we debate whether the remakes are better than the originals.


Eponine - Jul 9, 2005 8:31 pm (#1445 of 2963)

There was an issue of Entertainment Weekly sometime within the past few years that had a huge section on the top 50 cult movies. They had a whole article on Office Space. From what I recall, when it was released, it was competing against There's Something About Mary, and it was not highly promoted. When it was released on video, it got really good word of mouth from people in cubicleland, and it got really popular. When they interviewed the head of whatever studio produced it, he was shocked to find that Office Space was in their top ten best sellers ever on DVD/video. I love the movie, and I find the beatdown of the fax machine to be one of the most hysterical things I've ever seen.


dizzy lizzy - Jul 9, 2005 8:32 pm (#1446 of 2963)

I think I've missed something here...what is office space???



Ydnam96 - Jul 9, 2005 9:06 pm (#1447 of 2963)

I've only seen parts of Office Space, I must have missed the good stuff because what I saw did not think it was all that.

Denise that picture of your boys is kinda scary How do they do that? They should be in Circ de Solei!

Goonies is definetly a cult classic! At least with people in my generation. Love that movie.


Denise P. - Jul 9, 2005 9:21 pm (#1448 of 2963)

Mandy, they really can't do that. Nicholas and Devin are laying on their stomach. Ryan and Kaity are laying on their backs so the kids are back to back with Ryan and Kaity's legs over the shoulders of the kid they are laying on. Nicholas is actually holding Ryan's legs and Devin is holding Kaity's. I just had to move them a bit to get it where you can't really see there is a second set of kids in the picture. LOL I saw it in a magazine and decided to recreate it. I was going to put up the second group of kids in a few days. The 4 yr old and 2 yr old wouldn't do it though. It was fun setting them up and getting them so you could not see the second kid laying on top of them.

Chemyst, the lady in question has to deliver via c-section so will be in longer than normal. When I had my last daughter, the hospital had a mandatory 48 hour hold...which made me nuts since I wanted to go home! Had a c-section been necessary, it would have been at least a 72 hour hold. Eeek!


Ydnam96 - Jul 9, 2005 9:35 pm (#1449 of 2963)

Oh...Sneaky sneaky Denise. Haha, they must have thought that was hilarious. You can tell by the smiles on their faces.


Herm-own-ninny Weezly - Jul 9, 2005 9:36 pm (#1450 of 2963)

Thank you for the wonderful link, Penny Lane! It was very informative and definitely answered my questions!

Denise, that picture idea is so clever! I think I may try it out with some of my friends (perhaps my Harry Potter book club; we're meeting again Tuesday). We're rather silly like that!

Anyone feel like offering up some of their favorite cult films (or just films in general)? It'd be kinda cool to get a taste of everyone's different tastes outside the world of Harry Potter.

My favorite movie right now is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which didn't really do that well in theatres. Perhaps I'll lead it to cult status since I tell everyone I can that they should go see it (yeah, probably not gonna happen... Oh well!).

My favorite movie that would be considered a cult film is probably Fight Club. Not that I'm partial just because Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are gorgeous or anything!
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 9, 2005 9:37 pm (#1451 of 2963)

Should you try Kim's suggestion, you may want to remove the book jacket and accessorize with one of the zippered leather Bible covers, as the calico and ribbon ones are a bit gauche for a wedding.---Chemyst

LOL How thoughtless of me to forget such an important detail. I had no idea you were so devious Chemyst. Mind you, I'm not surprised, I just didn't know.


Gina R Snape - Jul 9, 2005 10:17 pm (#1452 of 2963)

Well, I'm back from the Ren Fair and it was great! I took a picture of a metal sculpture that could only be described as Norbert emerging from his shell. And we saw a live 4-way joust and the four horsemen were donning the four house colours! I kid you not. Of course, I cheered for the jouster in green and silver.

I don't see the HP films every becoming cult hits. But I did love Office Space. That scene, with the fax machine, was an homage to a music video in the 80's, by the way. The song was called "Close To The Edge" and two men in suits and a woman (a little person, about 3ft tall) dressed as a punk take it in turns to destroy a violin and a piano with kicking, hammers, chainsaws, and so forth. Perhaps someone else will remember this?


septentrion - Jul 10, 2005 1:18 am (#1453 of 2963)

LOL everyone and thanks ! Taking the book and make it appear as a religious book, well it already has that status in my mind At least I'm not invited for the meal (in my neck of the woods, weddings have the mass and then all people are invited for a drink but only the family and close friends stay longer to attend the meal).

Gina, love your new avatar. And yes I'm ready to go to detention

Lost is now airing in France and I love it. They show 3 episodes at a time, so it should be over for the end of summer. It's really great. But please, no spoilers !

Everyone has a great and lovely Sunday -  as lovely as possible if you're facing those hurricanes I've heard of.


Finn BV - Jul 10, 2005 9:49 am (#1454 of 2963)

Well, the internet was down yesterday evening and I had to do a little magic to get it working again, no pun intended (well, actually, yes, there was a little pun intended but still… ). So I went to visit my cousin yesterday and this morning and he's doing GREAT! Thanks for all the charms you sent his way. He's usually a very shy kid and he never talked this much in his life when we saw him. He was very intelligent on all his medications and what he had to be doing; it's just fantastic to see him so cheerful!

I was surfing the channels last night with my parents and we came across Legally Blonde. It was about the stupidest movie I have ever seen, but the point was it was so stupid it was funny. If you're looking for a good way to kill time, there's your answer.

Denise and Gina, love that avatars!

That Harry Potter crossword was the easiest thing I have ever done. I think it took me about 3-4 minutes. The hardest clue was Ravenclaw House Founder (Rowena) and I think I spelled Errol wrong (with 1 R and 2 Ls) . Also, if you bought the NY Daily News, there's a big section on "fine-tuning" your HP knowledge in the "NOW" section. I was happy to see that nothing was completely inaccurate (). They also abbreviate Order of the Phoenix as OOTP, which was uplifting. They mention that if you've seen the movies and think you're in the know, you've missed a lot, and went on to mention things missing from POA movie. The annoying thing was, in the "Dumbledore's Army" section (the article was divided into different plot occurences and characters), I was looking for Harry's DA, while the people it consisted of were: Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the OOTP. No mention of the 28 people in the DA! Oh, well.

So I guess it's off to the threads.


Marie E. - Jul 10, 2005 10:20 am (#1455 of 2963)

Gina, I remember that video. The name of the group was on the tip of my tongue, or fingertips as it were, but now it's gone.

Oh, I love Legally Blonde, probably because it's so stupid. I quote it all the time.

We were looking at puppies yesterday. My girls want to get a dog, like right NOW! I told them we have to wait a proper amount of time, like a mourning period. Actually we need to fix our backyard gate, but whatever.

I'm going to buy school supplies today. It seems ridiculous to buy them so early, but we're going on vacation next week for two weeks and I'd hate to come back to a massive eraser shortage or something. One of our districts starts the first week of August so it's possible. If you see Elmer's glue today, think of me.


Denise P. - Jul 10, 2005 10:30 am (#1456 of 2963)

We quote the movie Clue a lot. Even Terminator and It's A Wonderful Life get used (He won't ever stop! and "Why did we have to have all these kids??!!") Mr Denise is fond of looking at me when the kids are in the shark feeding frenzy mode and using the kids line

Marie, our Wal-Mart put out a flier today for School Supplies. I need to get in there to buy a bunch of spiral bound notebooks for 10¢ each. They had crayons for a quarter and glue was also some incredibly low price. I buy a lot of the basics while it is on sale so it will last a good portion of the year. I still have about 10 packs of notebook paper from last year when it was 10¢ each. I actually bought Ryan a new lunch bag a few weeks ago since if I wait, they will be sold out. My kids go back to school in less than 30 days now. ****doing the Snoopy happy dance!****


Ydnam96 - Jul 10, 2005 10:31 am (#1457 of 2963)

Marie E. I was in the store yesterday and saw "Back to School" signs. I was shocked. Then I thought about it and decided it shouldn't really be shocking. This is the same store (ahemwalmartahem) that last year had Christmas stuff out in August, I kid you not. So you are quite within your rights to buy school supplies now. (In walmart's defense I think there are some year round schools in LA county)


Gina R Snape - Jul 10, 2005 10:31 am (#1458 of 2963)

Yeah, I can't remember the name of the band either!

Well, here's a picture of me in that dress I bought from Ebay, for anyone interested:


(Pity my hair was up in a clip).

Yes, my wand is in its invisible wand pocket (can anyone spot it?). Do I look like a Potion Masters wife?

And here's a picture of that metal sculpture we thought was "Norbert" emerging from his shell:



Ydnam96 - Jul 10, 2005 10:37 am (#1459 of 2963)

Gina the dress is beautiful. You didn't buy the Norbert did you? I'm trying to think where it would go in one's house??


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 10, 2005 10:39 am (#1460 of 2963)

This is the same store (ahemwalmartahem) that last year had Christmas stuff out in August, I kid you not.---Ydnam96

There should be a law. I kid you not. ****still in a huff over the "Back-to-School" catalog she received last week from PB Kids****

Gina, great photos, both. The dress looks lovely on you. Is this the one you bought on Ebay? Or am I confusing that with something else? Either way, I really like it.

Denise, I'm still laughing---"Why did we have to have all these kids??!!" indeed.


Gina R Snape - Jul 10, 2005 10:44 am (#1461 of 2963)

Ydnam, NOOOOOO I did not buy Norbert! I"ve got enough miscellaneous items collecting dust as it is!

Thanks, Kim. Yes, that is the dress I purchased off eBay.


Denise P. - Jul 10, 2005 10:50 am (#1462 of 2963)

I like the dress Gina, the color is lovely.

I forgot to mention that we also use a line from a SNL sketch. It was when the movie Not Without My Daughter came out, based on a true story of a mom who left Iran with her daughter, against the wishes of her Iranian husband. In the skit, Sally Fields (who played the mom) is telling the US Embassy about her troubles and someone says "So, you want to go back to Iran to get your daughter?" Sally looked at him and gave a laugh. "Go back, are you nuts? I can have more children!"

When we have a child who is misbehaving and on the verge of extreme parental anger, that line is trotted out. "You know, I can have more children!" Of course, the misbehaving child just grins at us because they know we really are not going to need a replacement but they do modify their behavior.


VeronikaG - Jul 10, 2005 11:06 am (#1463 of 2963)

Nice dress Gina! I liked Norbert too.

Wow, those boys are doing some serious acrobatics there Denise....


Gina R Snape - Jul 10, 2005 11:09 am (#1464 of 2963)

Oh Denise. Heeeee.

Actually, you ARE having more children...just not replacing any.


Good Evans - Jul 10, 2005 11:15 am (#1465 of 2963)

As per Tim's tip off - I watched the Harry Potter quiz on British TV this pm. The winning child gets to go to Edinburgh next weekend and is part of the interviewing of JKR. Extremely cheesed off as I was clearly far too old to enter and only got three Q's wrong in the whole programme. My husband as per usual berated my "useless" knowledge and told me I should have entered. Having pointed out that it is a good job that I am somewhat older than 12 - he relented and just called me "sad"....... I give up!


Finn BV - Jul 10, 2005 11:37 am (#1466 of 2963)

Great dress, Gina!

Denise, I love Clue too! When I was little I used to try to write my own movie about it. I still write Clue mysteries all the time.

Julie, do you know if TLC or MuggleNet can get the film of the questioning? I really wanted to see it, but alas, here in NY, we don't quite get British TV. Incidentally, how many questions did the winner get, if you only got 3 wrong?


Dr Filibuster - Jul 10, 2005 12:02 pm (#1467 of 2963)

I saw that programme too. Owen, the winner, certainly knew his stuff. The girl who came second was impressive too but she didn't know who made Fabulous, No Heat, Wet Start Fireworks.

One round had nothing to do with Potter and another had muggle questions mixed in which I thought was a bit mean. FBv, I taped the show, so I'll write down the last round for you.

Is this the best thread to put them in?


Chemyst - Jul 10, 2005 12:11 pm (#1468 of 2963)

Finn, whenever I see "Defy Gravity" as your second line, I just want to scream at you, "Lift!" ( I think that comes as a result of quizzing my son for his aerospace class.)

Gina, I'm just guessing here, and not willing to put any knuts on it: Is your wand pocket in your right sleeve so you remove it with your left hand? The square pendant necklace goes very nicely with the square patterns in the fabric. Severus will get all glittery-eyed when he sees you in it.


Good Evans - Jul 10, 2005 12:24 pm (#1469 of 2963)

to qualify my answer - I only got three HP q's wrong - I can't claim to answering all the "muggle"Q's correctly!!!

I too balked at the Dr Filibuster Q - Dr F - I fear your fame has diminished due to Weasleys Wizard Wheezes (another answer!!)

the boy who won really did deserve to (I don’t know his overall score but he had flying start in comparison with the other contestants) - I thought it somewhat amusing the houses the two finalists represented and the overall winner - some prophetic quality? I shan’t post exactly what they were as you may get an ability to see the show if Mugglenet can manage it. I am sorry Finn but I have no idea how Mugglenet or TLC would go about it - sorry!!!!


septentrion - Jul 10, 2005 12:31 pm (#1470 of 2963)

Gina, your dress is fabulous. I can't wait to see it for real. And yes you do look like a potions master's wife. But I'd think your wand is your left sleeve. Chemyst thinks the other way. Can you tell us the answer ?


Catherine - Jul 10, 2005 12:54 pm (#1471 of 2963)

I'm betting on Gina being a lefty. Either way, great dress, Gina!

Well, I got totally suckered today, but I'm not unhappy about it.

I got a call from a worker in a shelter about 30 miles away. She had found a shih-tzu lying abandoned in a ditch. She asked me if I could foster it.

So off I drove, and found this poor dog who can barely walk. The vet thinks someone threw it out of the car. He was so thick with fleas that I can't describe it. They had bitten him so badly that when I bathed him, the water ran red.

The good news is that he is totally sweet, great with the kids, and nicely playful around the other pups. He still hasn't barked, or been demanding. I still don't know if our Humane Society will accept him, but I could not leave him at that shelter. The lady was worried no one would take him with his injuries, and his 72 hours would have been up soon.

I was trying to think of a Harry Potter themed name, and Oliver and Neville came to mind, but they don't suit him. So I've been calling him "Gryffin."

Hope everyone has a good Sunday.


The giant squid - Jul 10, 2005 2:02 pm (#1472 of 2963)

The song was called "Close To The Edge" and two men in suits and a woman (a little person, about 3ft tall) dressed as a punk take it in turns to destroy a violin and a piano with kicking, hammers, chainsaws, and so forth. Perhaps someone else will remember this?--Gina R. Snape

Gina, I remember that video. The name of the group was on the tip of my tongue, or fingertips as it were, but now it's gone.--Marie E.

The band was Art of Noise. Thank you, drive thru.

As for "cult status" of films, I think the general definition is "a movie that makes little money at the box office but remains popular over the years." By that token Office Space, Clue and Mallrats all qualify, but the HP movies don't. They may not be breaking box office records, but all three films have grossed over $100 million each in the US (not to mention worldwide grosses). Hardly a disappointment, regardless of what the "industry" analysts might say.

Catherine, I hope "Gryffin" finds his way to a good home (besides yours, that is). Hmm...how much trouble would it be to send him Marie's way?



Helen Potterfan - Jul 10, 2005 2:04 pm (#1473 of 2963)
Edited Jul 10, 2005 3:13 pm

If you're interested, and willing to read through a couple of threads, someone who saw a test cut of Goblet of Fire has posted about the screening. The link is on TLC, or just click here. She's also answering questions in TLC's forum here. She isn't one of us (i.e., she hasn't read the books, didn't know the minor characters' names, and is a bit overwhelmed by the detailed nature of the questions she's being asked), but she's doing her best to answer questions and provide details about the movie. Major spoilers for the movie, of course, so don't look if you don't want to know.

EDIT: Note, if you get an error message, try reloading the page. TLC and Mugglenet linked to her thread, so I think the site is seeing more traffic than usual!

EDIT 2: I agree, the Times crossword was much too easy! I want a NEWT-level crossword.

EDIT 3: Gina, the dress looks great! It looks like you had fun! Helen


boop - Jul 10, 2005 2:19 pm (#1474 of 2963)

Gina, you look great in the dress!!! The dress is beautiful, Prof. Snape must be pleased. I think your wand pocket is in left side of the dress


timrew - Jul 10, 2005 2:53 pm (#1475 of 2963)

Nice dress, Gina!

Hey, Doc Filibuster, the question about you was the only one I got right! And that's only because I see your name all the time on this Forum!


Dr Filibuster - Jul 10, 2005 3:07 pm (#1476 of 2963)

Is there a blush smiley? 😊 I know you're just being modest Tim; you'd have done well against those parents.

NB Each child had a parent with them. The adults had to answer questions from a subject chosen by their kid. I made a mental note to swot up on Quidditch.

Here are the final questions;

Owen aged 14 from Cardiff

What broom is advertised at the Quidditch World Cup "for all the family"?

What item does Draco Malfoy ask his father to buy him in Bourgin & Burkes?

Pus from which plant is a yellowish-green liquid smelling strongly of petrol?

In The Philosopher's Stone, what costs 5 knuts a scoop from the apocathary?

What creatures are described as nasty goblin-like creatures that lurk wherever there's been bloodshed?

Helen aged 13 from Liverpool

In Goblet of Fire, what type of yo-yo joined Filtch's list of forbidden objects?

According to her quill, how old is Rita Skeeter?

In Chamber of Secrets, who is described as a Slytherin girl with a face like a pug?

On what date did the delegations from Beauxbatons & Durmstang arrive at Hogwarts?

PS Fab dress Gina!

PPS Has Phelim reported in safely yet?

PPPS here's the answers.....

OwenBluebottle, Hand of Glory(don't tell me you didn't know that one Tim), Bubertuber (am I the only one who pronounces it Boober-tuber?), beetle eyes, Red Caps

Helen screaming yo-yos, 43, Pansy Parkinson(you got that one as well Tim), Friday 30th October.


Catherine - Jul 10, 2005 3:23 pm (#1477 of 2963)
Edited Jul 10, 2005 4:02 pm

Catherine, I hope "Gryffin" finds his way to a good home (besides yours, that is). Hmm...how much trouble would it be to send him Marie's way? --Squid Mike

I hope he finds a good "forever" home before I get too attached to him. I'm still waiting to see what my vet says tomorrow.

Marie, I think getting the fence fixed is good before getting a dog. I enjoy having a fenced yard, and having dogs that aren't athletic enough to find a way beyond it!

Mr. Catherine was none too pleased when I arrived home with this dog, but I could NOT leave him there. He really is not the cutest shih-tzu ever (Yes, Kim, I know that Shih-tzus are not cute), but he's as sweet as any dog I've ever encountered.

I hope we get good news at the vet tomorrow.

EDIT: Thanks, Dr. Filibuster, for the questions!


Gina R Snape - Jul 10, 2005 4:22 pm (#1478 of 2963)

Aaah, thank you Mike! It was starting to bug me that I couldn't remember the band name.

Thanks for all the compliments, everyone! My wand is in fact tucked into my left sleeve. However, I am ambidextrous so it really could have been either sleeve.

Catherine. oh what a dreadful thing to happen to a little dog like that! Maybe it jumped out of the window, or got carried away by the wind when sticking its nose out. (One can only hope).

Thanks for those questions! Btw, I've always thought it was Bobutuber, not bubotuber. I was pronouncing it Bow-boo-tuber. But I see now that's not correct. Funny, huh?


GryffEndora - Jul 10, 2005 4:44 pm (#1479 of 2963)

Dr Fillibuster - Bubertuber (am I the only one who pronounces it Boober-tuber?

Jim Dale Pronounces it Boob-o-tube-er and since I had the audio books before the actual books I pronounce it the same way.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 10, 2005 4:51 pm (#1480 of 2963)

Denise, you might want to check the update about the Australian radio station on TLK. It looks like bad news.


Denise P. - Jul 10, 2005 4:53 pm (#1481 of 2963)

Well drat...I had it bookmarked and tested to be sure I could tune in. Thanks for the heads up, Sam!


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 10, 2005 5:04 pm (#1482 of 2963)

I'm as disappointed as you are. When I read your post on YKYAHPLFW, I thought there might be a chance I'd get some sleep on Friday. Oh, well.


Herm-own-ninny Weezly - Jul 10, 2005 5:33 pm (#1483 of 2963)

I hope everyone who has had to deal with Hurricane Dennis is doing alright, although I doubt any of them will see this post, since (last I heard) hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are without power. They have said to expect it back in a couple of weeks. Weeks?!? Is that the normal amount of time? Anyway, best of luck to anyone dealing with this. My thoughts are with you, and I hope you are all safe.


Choices - Jul 10, 2005 6:10 pm (#1484 of 2963)

I am thankful tonight that Hurricane Dennis did not come to Mobile, but I feel for those in Florida. They have had more than their share. We just got a bit of rain and some wind, but nothing compared to those about 90 miles to our east.

Can anyone help me with a Hogwart's letter? My granddaughter is turning eleven on August 12 (the date of Harry's hearing at the MOM) and I would like to get a Hogwart's letter of acceptance sent to her. We are planning a Harry Potter theme birthday party. Does anyone know where to find Hogwart's letters? Please e-mail me if you do - PoopieDuck@aol.com Thank you so much!!


Herm-own-ninny Weezly - Jul 10, 2005 6:59 pm (#1485 of 2963)

Aww, that is such a cute idea! Almost makes me wish I was your granddaughter! I'm sure she'll love her party and letter! Sorry I don't know where you can get one. Personally, I'd probably just write one myself, but that's great that you want to do it properly and all!

I remember that I was about to turn 12 when I started reading Harry Potter, and boy was I disappointed that I had missed my chance for a Hogwarts letter. Your granddaughter is so lucky (for many reasons, one of which is having such a great grandparent to throw her an awesome party)!


Finn BV - Jul 10, 2005 7:17 pm (#1486 of 2963)

Thora, thanks for the Leaky Lounge link!

Dr. Filibuster, thanks for the questions! Erm, missed out on two of Owen's questions and none of Helen's (who won, Owen? I think of you said that…).

Choices, what type of acceptance letter do you mean? The one that Harry got in SS? Or… **tries to think of other letter**? I'll think about this tonight.

Hope everyone's okay in Hurricane Dennis' path. All we got up here in New York was an hour (exactly an hour) of huge amounts of wind and rain yesterday (Saturday). At 3:00 I was scheduled to play a match at my tennis place. It was a great day leading up to it and then BOOM!. The rain hit. They had to cancel it. You couldn't see the lines on the courts; they were flooding so badly. Then at four it just stopped. And we had a great day afterwards. Strange…


Helen Potterfan - Jul 10, 2005 7:56 pm (#1487 of 2963)

Choices, I don't know where you can buy a letter, but if you want to make one, I found pictures of the letter used in the movie. You can see blown up images of the envelope front and back, as well as the acceptance letter and book list. Apparently a prop company once had actual prop letters from the movie for sale (that's where the pictures came from). You can see them here. I hope your granddaughter has a great party! Helen

EDIT: While looking around online for a printable or orderable Hogwarts letter, I came across a parody acceptance letter for President Bush. If you want a chuckle, you'll find it here.


Denise P. - Jul 10, 2005 7:59 pm (#1488 of 2963)

You may want to look on eBay too. There usually are sellers who will send letters on parchment with green ink. You can probably find examples there too.


dizzy lizzy - Jul 10, 2005 8:03 pm (#1489 of 2963)

Well this is the point at which I say farewell to you all until after HBP comes out.

I have an appointment with a rehabilitation specialist this afternoon which will hopefully result in brand new hearing aids for me (one of the current ones died again last week - no point in arranging repairs until I find out the result of this assessment) and some extra assistance that is a pleasant surprise. So I have my fingers crossed that all will go well this afternoon.

I then have to start my workloads for this month (telephone interviews this afternoon and tonight); and as a result of the rain 2 weeks ago and transport difficulties, I now have a double workload at my remote location I visit each month. This means I will have no chance to get near a computer, TV, etc until about 12 hours prior to HBP being released - when I finally get home!. A great way to avoid spoilers. I then start a new workload on the Sunday and then don't finish that for a fortnight - again it is away from home.

So it looks as though, for me avoiding spoilers will be ridiculously easy. But more disappointingly, I miss out on seeing what everyone else thinks of the book etc, until about 2 weeks afterwards. Oh well, such is life and to be honest, the money is needed, so I can't really complain too much.

I hope everyone enjoys the wait for HBP and I hope you all enjoy the book and the discussions afterwards...

See you all soon..


PS: I'll just check in once more before I leave, can't resist it


Denise P. - Jul 10, 2005 8:07 pm (#1490 of 2963)

Lizzy, I hope the new hearing aides work out for you as well as the job.

We will still be here when you return and will look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new book


Stephanie M. - Jul 10, 2005 8:08 pm (#1491 of 2963)

Finn I'm happy your cousin is doing better!

Right now I'm watching SS on ABC Family. IT's almost over though... too bad.

It was so hot here today! It was 95ºF at noon in the sun. Then it got hotter around 3PM. My cousin got really sick because she was so dehydrated, so that put a damper on the day. She told me once she got home and was feeling better she drank over a leter of water. Then she felt really tired from the whole day so she went to sleep around 10PM. She's fine now though.

Stay out of the sun everybody!!! And don't get too wet!!! Here are some cooling off charms and drying charms for those of you who need it!

Edit: And it was over 50% humidity here too!


Ydnam96 - Jul 10, 2005 8:11 pm (#1492 of 2963)

We'll miss you Lizzy. Good luck with the assessment and all the work!

My grandparents made it through the hurricane okay. My grandpa was in the hospital when it hit. Luckily they had a generator. Their house only had minor tree damage. I think they may be moving back to Michigan soon. Too many hurricanes.



Loopy Lupin - Jul 10, 2005 8:55 pm (#1493 of 2963)

Mr. Catherine was none too pleased when I arrived home with this dog, but I could NOT leave him there. He really is not the cutest shih-tzu ever (Yes, Kim, I know that Shih-tzus are not cute), but he's as sweet as any dog I've ever encountered. -- Catherine

Ooooh... This is how it starts Catherine, this is how it starts. Next thing you know, it's 6 dogs later and you're known as the "crazy dog lady."

Cult movies, eh? Well, #1 for me will always be "Rocky Horror." But, "Raising Arizona" is a close second and is still very quoted among my friends. My favorite quote actually reminds me of Denise these days and in my mind it gets tailored to her: "Iain you take that diaper off your head and you put it back on your sister!!"


Madam Pince - Jul 10, 2005 9:12 pm (#1494 of 2963)

Finn, glad your cousin is doing better. Fleur, I am sending "get-well" charms to your Mom!

Back from our weekend of packing up stuff from my aunt's house. It was a raging failure, mainly because somebody (we have not yet quite agreed exactly who it was) forgot to bring the key to unlock the trailer we were going to pack all the furniture in. Aaarrgh...

But, one part of the weekend was very interesting. As I may have mentioned before, Mr. Pince regularly participates as a re-enactor and/or living historian in re-creations of battles of the American Civil War (1861-1865). (I've done some, too - that's how we met - but I'm not as involved as he is.) He has all the uniforms, accoutrements, weaponry, etc. that goes along with the several different personas he can do. He has been filmed in several History Channel productions, been an extra in movies like "Gettysburg," and has also been in some films that are used at various battlefield Visitors' Centers. Anyway, one of his "movie connections" people contacted him awhile ago and asked if he and his buddies could help with filming something for an upcoming episode of a very popular TV-show on CBS (they wouldn't tell him the name of the show.) It was all very hush-hush and they weren't told anything about it except that it would involve a battle re-enactment and what uniforms to bring, etc. (We were speculating that it was going to be CSI-ish and the storyline would be for someone to really get shot instead of "pretend".) The location was very near where my aunt's house is, so that's why we did our "clean-up" weekend in conjunction with his filming on Saturday. When he came back and told me what show it was going to be, I must say I was impressed! They had to sign agreements that they wouldn't reveal details about what they did, but they could speak a little bit about it, and so I won't be giving out spoilers when I say it was truly Amazing! Watch in September!


Chemyst - Jul 10, 2005 9:34 pm (#1495 of 2963)

Madame Pince - Are you hinting that the Amazing Race is doing a time travel theme???


Elanor - Jul 10, 2005 11:23 pm (#1496 of 2963)

Hello everybody! You've been busy here during the weekend! I hope I won't forget all that I wanted to say reading your posts.

My brother's wedding went well. The bride was beautiful, the ceremony great and we had a lot of fun at the party afterwards. Luc, who is a huge Star Wars fan, had made us a surprise by choosing "Across the stars" for the music on which they entered the church. I don't think a lot of people in the church knew what it was but I found it cool. The most surprising is that the young priest who married them loved the idea too because he is another SW fan! I'll post a picture of the wedding as my avatar as soon as my brother will have given me my memory stick back.

Gina, I love the dress! Severus will be very proud of you!

Septentrion, about the wedding on the 16th, that is so unfair! What about a nice "diplomatic toothache" for that day?

Catherine, I do hope you will find a good home for "Gryffin", poor little dog!

Lizzie, good luck with your work, we'll miss you in the days to come.

Madam Pince, I have of course no idea what the show will be but it sounds your husband had a lot of fun!

Fleur, I hope your mother will feel better soon. **sending get-well charms as well**

Finn, it is great your cousin is doing better indeed!

About cult movies, there are 2 movies that are "cult" for me: "Babette's feast" and David Lynch's "The Straight Story" but I don't know if they qualify as a "cult movie" as Squid Mike described them.

Have a great night/day everybody! I hope our members in Florida are okay!


septentrion - Jul 10, 2005 11:54 pm (#1497 of 2963)

Hello all !

I hope everything will go along your wishes Lizzy !

Elanor, I'd really wish to get a diplomatic tooth-ache Saturday but I really like those people, however I think I'll have my HBP copy in the car, just in case...

Nice week to everyone (fingers crossed for people who suffer from Dennis)


The giant squid - Jul 11, 2005 1:09 am (#1498 of 2963)

About cult movies, there are 2 movies that are "cult" for me: "Babette's feast" and David Lynch's "The Straight Story" but I don't know if they qualify as a "cult movie" as Squid Mike described them.—Elanor

Well, I've never heard of them, and I don't think they were huge moneymakers in the US, so I'll let them count.

Stephanie, your cousin had what sounds like a low-grade form of heatstroke. As long as she stays hydrated (read: drinks a lot of water) she should be okay. In fact, it's good advice for anyone, especially those in high temperature climates. I was never one for drinking water as a kid (it tastes so...boring), but since I moved to the desert I've learned the value of a handy bottle of water.

This has been a public service announcement...



Catherine - Jul 11, 2005 4:05 am (#1499 of 2963)

Thanks for the good wishes for Gryffin.

Loopy, I am already the "crazy shih-tzu lady," alas earwax (how else do I get a call from a city 40 minutes away?) But six dogs? That's a bit much. Who would get six dogs?

Lizzy, I wish you all the best with your hearing aides, work and returning to us to talk about HbP. I hope you can hear better than ever and make lots of money!

Madame Pince, what an amazing secret you have. I shall have fun trying to unravel it...

Happy Monday to all, and safe passage to those affected by the storms.


Ponine - Jul 11, 2005 4:06 am (#1500 of 2963)

Just a REALLY quick note - Choices - you can even get customized letters/envelopes - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=72391&item=6545010897&rd=1#ebayphotohosting - I want one too..... Have fun Smile
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Marè - Jul 11, 2005 5:49 am (#1501 of 2963)

Huggs to Lizzy, I hope all goes well for you. We will miss you, but don't worry, we'll be here when you return!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 11, 2005 6:43 am (#1502 of 2963)

Morning everyone. Well, it is Monday. We just have to suffer through another work week and then, YAY!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 11, 2005 7:29 am (#1503 of 2963)

Stephanie, your cousin had what sounds like a low-grade form of heatstroke. As long as she stays hydrated (read: drinks a lot of water) she should be okay.---the giant squid

Ummm, I think you mean "heat exhaustion" Mike. At least, I hope so. A 'heat stroke" almost did Mr. Lupin is Lupin in many years ago in boot camp. Once you cross over the "heat stroke" line you're in a whole new world---one that involves iv's and hospital beds.

Good luck to Lizzy!

Catherine, I hope you've bought a new doggy bed for Gryffin. Sounds like he's found a new home.


Marie E. - Jul 11, 2005 7:35 am (#1504 of 2963)

I survived school supply shopping yesterday, but now I have a mini-rant to get off my chest. I don't mind the teachers occasionally asking for specific brands of items, like Elmers glue or Crayola crayons and markers. On the third grade list they asked for "adult size scissors, Fiskars brand". I thought it would be no big deal since Fiskars is a common brand name for scissors. I found a pair for Lexie, the smaller size, but the only adult size I found were in the office supply area and included a sharpener which raised the price to $5.76. At first I thought I would just get one later, but my memory just isn't what it used to be so I grabbed the scissors.

Our mall, which has a Borders in it, has a giant banner hanging on the side that announces Borders' Midnight Magic Party. I told Shayla I wanted to take a picture of the banner and she gave me that look.


T Brightwater - Jul 11, 2005 8:02 am (#1505 of 2963)

As usual, I've gotten way behind with things. (I keep meaning to join Procrastinators Anonymous but haven't got around to it yet.) I've now got about two weeks’ worth of work to do before Friday, plus prepare for my class (finding the notes from last time will take at least half a day) _and_ practice for a solo recital which is also part of the workshop and the first one I've done in several years. (I play one of the instruments represented in the Weird Sisters.) As soon as I get back from Vermont I'll be reading HPB in between doing another two weeks’ worth of work, SO...I'll probably see you all around Harry's birthday.

Take care, everybody, and those who are going to release parties, have a Chocolate Frog for me!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 11, 2005 8:23 am (#1506 of 2963)

I told Shayla I wanted to take a picture of the banner and she gave me that look.---Marie E.

Oh, I haven't been given that look yet. I have been given that tone, which was quickly taken care of. But, "the look" is some kind of milestone.


Thora - Jul 11, 2005 9:00 am (#1507 of 2963)

Choices, you can get stamps and wax from the wedding section at Michaels, and you should be able to get nice paper and an envelope there too, I did Hogwarts letters as invitations for my release party and passed them out to all the guests. It was fun watching them get excited at opening a wax seal. It only took an hour to fold seal and address all 30. If you need a Hogwarts H crest for the top I have one I can send you, it can be opened with paintshop. I made it my avatar. I also have a picture that has an owl that says "By Owl Post" if you want that too. Just e-mail me if you want them.

Thora, thanks for the Leaky Lounge link! fbv807 Sorry, not me.

Gina, you look great!

I'll probably not be in much the next few days, I have to get my house in order and the party preparation done, if anyone needs me just email, I'm probably going to mark as read on Monday.....

Hugs all around.



Catherine - Jul 11, 2005 9:17 am (#1508 of 2963)


Your invitations and party sound so exciting. I can't wait to hear how it all goes. Good luck with the preparations.


Ydnam96 - Jul 11, 2005 9:23 am (#1509 of 2963)

Catherine, I wish I could take your dog. I love little dogs and this one sounds like he needs a lot of tlc, which I would love to give. But I'm only allowed one cat. Alas. Maybe when I get a "real" job and move off campus.

I think one day I may work at a shelter, not a public one because I couldn't handle the 72 hour thing, but one where you can really work with the animals and find them loving homes. I love animals. I miss the Animal Planet. I used to love watching Adoption Story and That's My Baby and the ER show.

Well...off to start Monday. Only a few more days Smile


CatherineHermiona - Jul 11, 2005 9:49 am (#1510 of 2963)


We had such a great time last week in Zagreb. We were so busy that I couldn't write here. We visit cinema, twice. We were in Zoo too. Our cousin Nina was sleeping with us every night (she meant to stay only one night but she left grandmother after us). She came just after mum and dad left. Nina took some movies from home so we were watching The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. We had such a good time and we didn't even see all. We were so sad when we were leaving. I hope we will return soon.



Finn BV - Jul 11, 2005 10:19 am (#1511 of 2963)

Welcome back, Kate. Glad you had a good time! Those are two great movies.

Thora, so sorry! I can't think of any reason why I would attribute that link to you? Sorry, Accio HBP!, that was you! **goes and hides in corner** Thora, good luck with the party.

Well, just a few more days now! I can hardly wait!


GryffEndora - Jul 11, 2005 10:21 am (#1512 of 2963)

Well, I think someone slipped me a Forgetfulness Potion this morning. I got up after a bit of a restless night sleeping on the futon so I could be in the air conditioning. I got my stuff ready for work, I usually bring a baggie of celery and carrots to munch on and a bottle of water along with my lunch. I got to work set down my keys and realized that I had forgotten my lunch. So I grabbed the back in 5 minute sign so I could run to the loo, shut the door and realized that I left my keys inside the store!!! I actually have 2 sets of store keys one with my house and car keys and one on a stretchy thing for my arm. I left them both in the store!!! I had to get the locksmith down the hall to pick the lock. We've actually been broken in to twice in the past and these are the same people who have made our door so people can't break into it. Needless to say it took more that the TV/movie 60 seconds to get into the store, (more like 30 minutes). So my back in 5 minutes actually ended up to be closer to an hour. Aaarrrgh! Luckily we also have a grocery store in the mall so I can avoid fast food prices. At least I can laugh about it but at the time I felt so stupid!!!

Saturday I walked by Barnes & Noble and they had a Harry Potter poster in the window that I hadn't seen there before. Later that day they had removed the poster. Today I walked by and saw boxes of the posters in the window. I hope these are giveaways for the midnight release party! I can't believe we get the book this week!!!


Thora - Jul 11, 2005 12:11 pm (#1513 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Mare Jul 11, 2005 2:11 pm

Okay I said I was going to be gone, but I didn't know glowfoto was free! So for those who wanted better pics of my dress (sorry to all who wish I would shut up):

View Full Size at Glowfoto

View Full Size at Glowfoto

View Full Size at Glowfoto

edit:drat thought that would work, sorry
I edited them in Thora, this forum uses <> html (a href= instead of [url]etc.) -Mare-


Gina R Snape - Jul 11, 2005 12:26 pm (#1514 of 2963)

Oh, what great fun! What a wonderfully witchy dress.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 11, 2005 12:26 pm (#1515 of 2963)

Wow Thora, great dress.

T Hope you get all caught up on your work. I'm looking forward to your insights on HBP. LPO


septentrion - Jul 11, 2005 12:31 pm (#1516 of 2963)

My, my, my, seems to be the season for great witch dresses !

LOL Gryffendora (no offense meant). That sounds like something which could happen to me. Glad your "problem" could be solved.


Lina  - Jul 11, 2005 1:11 pm (#1517 of 2963)

I don't see the Potter movies becoming "cult films" until the 11-year-olds of today are about 30 and can still quote from the movies. – Haymoni
Heh, heh, heh. ...Or until we debate whether the remakes are better than the originals. – Chemyst
Well, I most certainly hope there will be the remake. Not that i don't like those films, I just think that it would be easier and could be done better to do the films once that we know the end.

fbv807, I'm so glad that your cousin is doing well! It's a really great news!

Actually, I liked Legally Blonde. It is a little exaggerated, but I wouldn't call it stupid. More like sorting the priorities. There is a second part too. I'm not sure, is it The Blonde Strikes back, or something like that?

I'm sending my best wishes to those affected by Denis and to those who are expecting Emily.

Fawkes-The-Phoenix, I hope you are not near the area affected by the accident in the mine.

As a matter of fact, best wishes to everybody and congratulation to the witches!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 11, 2005 1:40 pm (#1518 of 2963)

T Hope you get all caught up on your work. I'm looking forward to your insights on HBP. LPO

You said it!!!! I hope this for everyone. I'm so ready to get back at the threads with new material to discuss I can hardly stand it. I'm particularly eager to see how a certain theory pans out.

Thora, that was indeed a cool dress. It sort of reminded me of the robe-dresslike thingy Endora used to wear on Bewitched .

Lina, that was Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde.

Have good evening everyone!


Stephanie M. - Jul 11, 2005 1:55 pm (#1519 of 2963)

Hey everyone!

I think it was just Legally Blonde 2... hmm I don't remember.

I liked Legally Blonde but I agree it was exaggerated. But it was still good. The second Legally Blonde was not as good. I really didn't like it. It was all about dogs.

Remember to drink water everyone!!!!!!!!!!!! And attempt to stay dry!

Edit: Oh! Loopy Lupin your right! *Smacks head on the nearest hard object and passes out* lol


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 11, 2005 2:43 pm (#1520 of 2963)

You're right, Loopy. These last few days are going to seem to take forever.


Penny Lane. - Jul 11, 2005 3:01 pm (#1521 of 2963)

I saw the first "Legally Blonde" movie last year. I borrowed the DVD from a friend because everyone was always calling me that. (My major is in Public Law and Government, and I'm in the 'pre-law' program). I think it was because I have this fabulous sense of style. Oh, and a flower pen. Yes, a ballpoint pen with a big flower on the end of it... hehehe. Anyway, so "Legally Blonde" was better than I thought it would be. I haven't see the second one yet, so I can't comment. I heard it wasn't as good though.

I can't believe there are only 4ish days until HbP. I swear, i'm going to explode, or implode or go crazy. I ran into some official looking spoilers today, and I have to try so hard to resist them. I'm thinking of just abandoning the internet altogether... And it's going to be the longest 4 days of my life. It reminds me of being really really little and waiting for Christmas.


Catherine - Jul 11, 2005 3:03 pm (#1522 of 2963)
Edited Jul 11, 2005 4:14 pm

I'm here posting some sad news about the dog I got yesterday. I thought I'd go ahead and tell you all just so someone doesn't ask later about him.

Gryffin had to be put to sleep this afternoon. It turns out he had a significant neurological issue with his spine that was not just a bad leg, as well as a huge heart murmur that, combined with his geriatric age, made operating on his abcessed teeth very dicey. I was willing to do it, but the vet advised against it, given his neurological prognosis.

We're all very sad at our house today about the loss of that little guy.

EDIT: I didn't mean to be depressing, so email me if you want more details. I appreciate the thoughts about Gryff, but I sure don't want to drag this thread down. Thanks for being so understanding, everyone, and I didn't mean to come on too strong about him--just wanted to let everyone know the outcome so there wouldn't be questions later. You guys are the best! :waves:


Finn BV - Jul 11, 2005 3:07 pm (#1523 of 2963)

Vlad, nice avatar! Never thought you'd give up the… was that Charlie Chaplin? **slaps self because he has been staring at Vlad's avatar forever and never assuredly knew who it was **

Thora, your costume is great! I wish I had something to wear to the release party that would show that I was way in the know… oh, well. Nothing remotely close. Too late to order that Mischief Managed shirt, I'd guess.

GryffEndora, what a fun day you have had! Glad everything turned out all right. When we were in the airport coming back from our trip (this past June) my dad suddenly had a thought: he asked my mom if she brought her house keys and she said no. He said that he had brought them but that he had put them in "such a safe place he didn't know where" (aren't all safe places like that? ). Anyway, the spare key we had given to our neighbor because he was going to be watering the garden and stuff, and he needed to get into the house. We weren't positive we had told him to put it back; maybe he would give it to us on the next day we saw him. Since it was a "red-eye" flight (a flight that leaves on one night and arrives – local time zone – the next morning; an overnight flight), my dad took out his nightly pills which he had been looking for the whole trip (he had only just found them then) and there was the key, which he had put in on the very first day!

Wow, that was a random story, but I felt like it is important in all of your lives.

I'm sending my best wishes to those affected by Dennis and to those who are expecting Emily. –Lina
Emily? Omigosh! I didn't know she was on the way! When and where is she expected? Yes, my prayers are with you all too!

Edit: Catherine, I'm so sorry for Gryffin. I'm sure that must have been tough. I hope everything goes okay.


Madam Pince - Jul 11, 2005 3:17 pm (#1524 of 2963)

****Picks up Stephanie and dusts her off, warning her not to pull a "Dobby"*****

Well, Chemyst, I don't know anything about the whole theme of this season's Amazing Race, but certainly at least one leg of it takes place somewhere in the U.S.! ****hands in pockets, whistling and looking at the ceiling**** How's that for maintaining integrity and all that? I'm trying to emulate Denise's daughter who works in the bookstore.

Gina and Thora, your dresses are fantastic, and you both looked so great in them!

Elanor, glad the wedding went well and that you had a great time!

CatherineHermiona, glad you had such a great time on your vacation! Had you seen "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles" before, or was that your first time? They both were fun, weren't they?

Edit: Catherine, so sorry to hear about the little pup-pup. But, thanks to you, his last days were happy and filled with love!


timrew - Jul 11, 2005 3:29 pm (#1525 of 2963)

Catherine...........So sorry to hear about Gryffin. So sorry he had to be put down. Rest in peace, Gryffin.


Helen Potterfan - Jul 11, 2005 3:50 pm (#1526 of 2963)

Catherine, I'm so sorry about Gryffin. At least he had the comfort of your love for his last day and a merciful end to his suffering. You and your family gave him a great gift. Best wishes, Helen


Catherine - Jul 11, 2005 4:17 pm (#1527 of 2963)

You guys are so sweet. I just wanted everyone to know what happened, so that I wouldn't have to explain later about Gryffin.

Feel free to email me, and again, you guys are wonderful.


Ms Amanda - Jul 11, 2005 4:17 pm (#1528 of 2963)

I while back I posted about a little one at my daycare who had some unfortunate health issues.

She returned to the daycare today to see her friends and for her friends to see her for the first time since the tragic news. She is in good spirits and enjoyed the party thrown for her at lunchtime. She gets very lonely for time with her mother, which she is used to, and spent a lot of time just roaming the center with Mom.

Thanks to all of you who remembered her. She's being quite a little trooper.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 11, 2005 6:00 pm (#1529 of 2963)

Never thought you'd give up the… was that Charlie Chaplin? fbv[

This is a bit of a touchy subject, so I'll have to be careful. No, my avatar was not Charlie Chaplin. It was Buster Keaton, another comedian from the silent movie era. It's easy to mix them up if you haven't watched their movies, but once you've seen them, you'll always remember Keaton as the one who is actually funny. Oops. I only changed my avatar in celebration of HBP, and plan to switch back in the near future.

Catherine, I'm sorry to hear about Gryffin. I am a fellow dog lover and admire the work you do.


Choices - Jul 11, 2005 6:04 pm (#1530 of 2963)

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful suggestions on where to find Hogwart's letters or supplies to make them myself. You're all great and I really appreciate your input. {{hugs}}


Stephanie M. - Jul 11, 2005 6:33 pm (#1531 of 2963)

I'm very sorry to hear about Gryffin! I love dogs. Maybe you'll get another doggy and name it Huffle or something.

Thanks for picking me up and dusting me off Madam Pince!

Only 4 days, 27 mins, and 20 seconds!!!! well now 15 seconds


Madam Pince - Jul 11, 2005 7:03 pm (#1532 of 2963)

Well, I couldn't very well leave you lying there unconscious, could I? You might miss July 16th!


Finn BV - Jul 11, 2005 7:08 pm (#1533 of 2963)

Actually, Steph, to the best of my knowledge, Catherine already has a dog – the one in her avatar. Right?

Ms Amanda, so glad to hear about the child who's doing better! Hope she makes a full recovery and is happy to be around everyone soon!

A thought that just passed my mind: with this being post 1533, we're already halfway to our new Chat Thread – something to write home about; make you cry, doesn't it?


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 11, 2005 7:42 pm (#1534 of 2963)

Catherine sorry about your dog. At least he got some comfort and love.

Ms. Amanda I hope your young charge continues to do well.

This is the last Monday before HBP. hooray!! LPO


Ydnam96 - Jul 11, 2005 7:59 pm (#1535 of 2963)

Catherine, you did what you could and that's the part that matters Smile

A friend of mine sent me a b-day gift in the mail today. It's a gift card to Borders. Which is great. Except we don't have a Borders, we only have a Barnes and Nobles. It's quite a drive to the Borders...I wonder if I can use it online??? But she tried, it's the gift card with HBP on it. Smile

only a few days more Smile

Edit: just reading on CNN.com about some books being sold in Canada. They had to return them...but get this: they get autographed plates or something for it!!!!! I wish it were me. I bet that store is in HEAPS of trouble.


Hermoine's Hair - Jul 11, 2005 10:58 pm (#1536 of 2963)

Greetings all! I am so excited that the sixth book is coming out in FOUR days! I read all five books last summer and have been itching to get at the next one.

I am new to the forum and look forward to being a part of the discussions. I am 33 years old and live in Orange County, California. And no, it is not like the show The O.C. I'm normal, really. (Other than being a HP fanatic!)


Elanor - Jul 11, 2005 11:25 pm (#1537 of 2963)

Welcome Hermione's hair! You've found the best place for the HP lovers!

GryffEndora, what a day you had! It reminds me when some friends and I visited Canada some years ago. We had rented a car and had stopped in a lovely village called Ste Rose du Nord, along a beautiful lake but a bit in the middle of nowhere when we realised we left the keys inside the car and that, on those cars, when the door is closed, it is too late... Which we didn't know since on most cars here, doors don't close automatically like that! Fortunately, people in the village were very kind and called a locksmith in another town to help us. But we learnt our lesson well, the next year, when we came to the USA, we asked for 2 keys at the rental car shop! And guess what? We were lucky we did it...

Squid Mike, thanks for letting "Babette's feast" and "The Straight Story" count as cult movies! **bowing** They're both very good movies, not the kind of movie you remember because of its story but because of its atmosphere. I love what David Lynch said about "The Straight story", he said: "Tenderness can be as abstract as insanity". I've always loved his movies, though I can't say I really understood everything in them, which is part of the charm of those films BTW, but "the Straight story" is very different, very moving but never tear-jerking.

Thora, your dress is wonderful! Thanks for showing us the pictures!

Catherine, I'm sorry for Gryffin but he was lucky you found him in the end, wasn't he?

I can't believe there are only 4 days before the HBP now! I dreamt of it last night. I had it in my hands but couldn't find a place to read it in peace and I was mad at those people who were disturbing me...


Amilia Smith - Jul 11, 2005 11:39 pm (#1538 of 2963)

Welcome, Hermione's Hair! You might want to copy your introduction onto the "Tell About Yourself" thread as well.

Dr. Filibuster: In case you haven't been following the Accio thread, Phelim reported in there this morning.

Elanor: Who crashed yesterday (Sunday)? I called home, and my sister was watching the Tour while she was talking to me. The conversation went as follows:

Her: "Oooh, that had to hurt!"
Me: "What! What happened?!"
Her: "Somebody crashed."
Me: "Who???"
Her: "I dunno. He's kind of got blond curly hair . . ."
Me: "Is he OK? Is he up on his bike?"
Her: "He's walking with help. The announcers don't know who it is either. They've cut away now. Armstrong is in first place."

So anyway, now I am curious as to what happened. . .

Has anyone heard from Julia lately? I don't remember seeing her around recently. Did she go on vacation?



The giant squid - Jul 11, 2005 11:49 pm (#1539 of 2963)

Ummm, I think you mean "heat exhaustion" Mike.--Lupin is Lupin. Natch.

Well, all I know is back in '80 Marie & I got what we were told was heatstroke, and no IVs were involved. They may have altered classifications and added the lesser term "heat exhaustion" in the last 25 years. All in the interest of political correctness, of course. :rolleyes:

Catherine, it's sad about Gryffin, but as madame Pince and others mentioned, he lived longer than he would have, and he was most definitely loved in those few days. There's not much more you could ask for, really.

Mandy, I heard something about those "presold" books, too. The blurb I heard was that all the books had to be returned by the bookstore, meaning they were not allowed to sell HBP when it officially releases. That's gonna hurt the bottom line this weekend...

Elanor, I recently remembered another X-Wing related book for you (after you've finished HBP, of course): Look for the novel I, Jedi; it features Corran Horn and takes place just after Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy.

One of my coworkers is a HP fan (he says he's registered on the Forum, but I haven't seen him yet), and every day for the last two weeks our greeting has been "X days!" Today I went one better--he came in at 6PM, so I greeted him with "Four days, eighteen hours!" The rest of our coworkers tend to roll their eyes a lot...



jose043 - Jul 12, 2005 3:59 am (#1540 of 2963)


Sorry to here that you had to have Gryffin put down. At least it had love for the few days you had Gryffin.



Lina  - Jul 12, 2005 4:24 am (#1541 of 2963)

Cheering charms sent to the Catherine family...


Loopy Lupin - Jul 12, 2005 6:02 am (#1542 of 2963)

Vlad, nice avatar! Never thought you'd give up the… was that Charlie Chaplin? -- fbv807

He wishes.

Chin up, Catherine! Mr. Gryff can rest in peace now and got his dignity back.

I am intrigued by the various stories of mistakenly sold books, nationwide injunctions being issued in Canada and the like. An article I read said something about people who had somehow gotten ahold of the books being offered signed copies and other goodies for their return. This made me think of a question I will throw out to everyone:

So, you have somehow come into possession of a copy of Book 6. You didn't do anything illegal. Let's say you just walked into a store and there it was. After you were revived, you simply bought the book. Now, representatives of Scholastic/Bloomsbury/Rowling have tracked you down and asked you to return the book. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

As for me, my answer would be simple and monosyllabic: "Can't talk now. Must read."


Eponine - Jul 12, 2005 6:05 am (#1543 of 2963)

Well, Loopy, if it took them at least 5 or 6 hours to track me down, I think I would have the book finished already and would happily give it back for a signed copy.


Catherine - Jul 12, 2005 6:06 am (#1544 of 2963)

Thanks for the good wishes, everyone, and the emails. You are a great group. :waves to everyone:

I had a sweet moment this morning when I opened the newspapers. There was a city dog show last night for kids, with categories like "Biggest, Smallest, Best Costume, Best Trick," etc. with extremely cute pictures of the event.

There was also a story about the peeve of misprounouncing pet breed names. You guessed it--shih-tzu made the list. According to this article, it's pronounced "Sheed-zoo."

I realized with chagrin that I have been mispronouncing the breed names Keeshond and Ibizian hound all along. Alas, earwax.

My countdown says 3 days--YAY!

EDIT: If I got the book, I would go into hiding until I was finished and then happily return the book. I would just need a 4-5 hours head start. Otherwise, they'd probably have to wrestle it from my cold, dead fingers.

Snuffles - Jul 12, 2005 6:08 am (#1545 of 2963)

Lol Loopy! Well I think I would just give everything up like eating, sleeping etc to get the book finished, then negotiate on what goodies I will be receiving. Hand the book back and retrieve it again on Friday night.

Oh and log onto the forum saying "I know something you don't know!!"


Loopy Lupin - Jul 12, 2005 6:32 am (#1546 of 2963)

Good point Eponine. Let's also pretend that, unlike Harry, the forces of JKR are omniscient. So, as soon as you get your book back home, the phone rings or (cue spooky music) there is a knock at the door. Or, even worse, there's a knock on the door just as you finish page 144.


Miss Malaprop - Jul 12, 2005 6:44 am (#1547 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jul 12, 2005 6:45 am

I actually did have OotP in my hands the day before it was due for release. I was working in a department store and we had to separate the books for the customers who had pre-ordered. I was so thrilled to be holding it, but - and I can't believe my willpower, I've never been so strong in my life - I didn't even open it! I just thought of all the other fans at the Forum and I wanted to experience it at the same time as everyone else.

What would we say if someone started a thread saying "I've just read the first chapter, 3 days in advance! Who wants to know what happens?"?

As for the All-Knowing, All-Seeing JKR, if her flunkies turned up on my doorstep, I'd definitely give it back, in case she threatened to stop at book 6!


Catherine - Jul 12, 2005 6:55 am (#1548 of 2963)

What would we say if someone started a thread saying "I've just read the first chapter, 3 days in advance! Who wants to know what happens?"? --Miss Malaprop

I'm assuming that you're just teasing now, and that's ok, but we take spoilers very seriously here!

My advice to anyone who would want to tickle the sleeping dragon by posting a spoiler--don't do it! I feel certain that such a thread would be deleted and the member who posted the thread would get an email from a host.

Also, I believe there is an injunction in place which bars people who have read the book from revealing its contents, so I wouldn't want someone to do something that could have legal consequences, especially publicly here on the Forum.

Hang tight, everyone! Just three more days! Kip is readying his plans how the Forum is going to handle HbP's release, and you will know everything shortly.


Denise P. - Jul 12, 2005 7:17 am (#1549 of 2963)

Loopy, I would have no choice but to give the book back but in the case of the Canadian books that were sold on the 7th but no action taken until the 9th... I would still give the book back. They are giving a signed bookplate by JKR and an exclusive t-shirt to those who return their book. The book will be given back on the 16th. I would turn it back in only because I would have already read it and I would get a bookplate and t-shirt out of the deal. What is sad but true, I would have bought one but probably said something to the clerk like "Wow, I can't believe you are selling this, everyone else has to wait until the 16th! How did you guys get permission to do this?" Yes, I am the one that will argue with a clerk that they are giving me the wrong DVD based on a faulty ad (it was 2 for $15 yet they were claiming I had to take National Treasure, a new release at that price and I successfully argued the ad was wrong! Now, if they had really insisted, I would have taken it but stil...)


Madam Pince - Jul 12, 2005 7:24 am (#1550 of 2963)

I just read a news report about that whole Canadian deal. I didn't realize that they didn't take any action for two whole days! The article said that 14 people were sold the book inadvertently by a grocery store clerk who didn't know, and that a judge has issued an injunction that bars those people from selling, copying, discussing, or even reading the book until the 16th! All I have to say to that last part is: HA! After two days had gone by??? They must be kidding! (No, seriously, I know they have to take some action, but really.....) I'd be like Denise, though -- I'd give it back. An autograph would be really cool! (and valuable!)

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Snuffles - Jul 12, 2005 7:27 am (#1551 of 2963)

Ha, can you imagine, you open your front door and some guy shouts "OBLIVIATE" at you!

You could then queue up again on Friday evening and re read the book without knowing the ending!!!


Miss Malaprop - Jul 12, 2005 7:30 am (#1552 of 2963)

Of course I was teasing, Catherine! I think it would be incredibly nasty to post advance spoilers here, considering that most of us are sticklers for rules, very loyal to JKR, and just Potty in general!


Catherine - Jul 12, 2005 7:36 am (#1553 of 2963)

Of course I was teasing, Catherine! --Miss Malaprop

I know! Really, I didn't think you were serious.

I just thought I would put that out there, because we never know who reads the Forum, and I didn't want anyone to get any icky ideas. Maybe the wait for the book is making me a little giddy.


Ydnam96 - Jul 12, 2005 9:56 am (#1554 of 2963)

I'm with Denise and the others who would happily return it, the rewards are such good gifts! But, I must admit. I probably wouldn't have bought it in the first place. I'm one of those people who has horrible bouts of guilt at any sign of doing something wrong. I'd probably ask to talk to a manager and inform them that they had better take the books back to the back of the store before they go bankrupt in court Smile

(of course the secret spy type in me would want to slip out of the store unnoticed, go get a disguise, walk back to the store, buy a book with cash, and walk out again, leaving them with no way of knowing who I am. Then going to a remote location where I am free of the media and read my book in peace. Of course the real me feels guilty for just thinking about that )

Catherine, love the new avatar.

So question about cult movies for Squid Mike: Did Labrynth or The Never Ending Story get that kind of classification? I remember watching them over and over as a child. Both movies kinda freak me out now. They were weird. Anyway, just curious.

It's Tuesday. Only 3 more days Smile I'm so completely jealous of those forum members who live in the other hemisphere and get their book way earlier than us. It's not fair.


Elanor - Jul 12, 2005 10:00 am (#1555 of 2963)

What would I do if I was in Canada and someone was asking me the HBP back if I had it before the 16th? hmmm... maybe answer "Quoi? Je suis désolée, je ne parle pas anglais, je ne sais absolument pas de quoi vous me parlez..." (What? I'm sorry, I don't speak English, I have no idea what you're talking about...) With luck, and after a 15 mn of fast speech in French, he may give up... I'm kidding, I would give it back too but the simple fact of having it in my hands would have made me so happy that I would wait for some more days with that silly grin on my face.

Mike, thank you so much for the Star Wars novel reference, I will definitely search it when I will know the HBP by heart!

Amilia, I'm sorry but because of my brother's wedding I missed the Saturday and Sunday stages. I have heard and read reports about the stages but they did not mention that fall so, fortunately, it must have been more spectacular than dangerous for that guy.

BTW, I have just watched today's stage arriving and what Armstrong and his team did was absolutely amazing! I think a LOT of his challengers, if not all, will say goodbye to their dreams of yellow jersey this evening! Only 3 men could follow him, including a very young guy, Valverde (25 years old) who beat him on the finishing line, he may become a great leader in the future!


Good Evans - Jul 12, 2005 11:32 am (#1556 of 2963)

I had this very conversation earlier today about if I had got hold of one of the books.

I decided that I would come forward and agree to return it - but only if they let me finish reading it first - I dont mind sitting in a police cell or under whatever guard they like while I read it!!! I would happily sign anything about not releasing any details. But once I had got my hands on it I dont think anything would induce me to let it go again until read cover to cover!!!!!!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 12, 2005 12:11 pm (#1557 of 2963)

I decided that I would come forward and agree to return it - but only if they let me finish reading it first - I dont mind sitting in a police cell or under whatever guard they like while I read it!!!---Good Evans

Maybe I've had too much sun (Mr. Lupin is Lupin gave me the Jeep and I've been driving around with the top down), but that sounds perfectly reasonable to me.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 12, 2005 12:20 pm (#1558 of 2963)

I would give it back. I think it would be a lot harder to know what happens and not be able to talk about it than to wait it out with everybody else. It do not envy the people who get to read it early.


azi - Jul 12, 2005 12:24 pm (#1559 of 2963)

I'd give it back...after reading it, just like Good Evans. I could keep the information to myself if I was in the situation of the people in Canada who got it, but if I was the editor or someone who had read it a few months back I would be bursting right now! I couldn't cope with that!


Gina R Snape - Jul 12, 2005 2:11 pm (#1560 of 2963)

Vlad, I have a friend who is a librarian who got to read OOTP a week before everyone else. She decided to NOT read HbP early precisely because it was torturous to know and not be able to discuss anything.

So, I'm debating the "nuclear option" and pressing Mark All Read on the forum after Friday. Anyone else thinking of doing that?

Oh, and what a disappointment on the Today show today. Talk about Much Ado about NOTHING. Jim Dale read from OOTP, for like a minute. Grrrrr. I wasted two hours of good blank tape space recording that show!


Finn BV - Jul 12, 2005 3:07 pm (#1561 of 2963)

Ha, can you imagine, you open your front door and some guy shouts "OBLIVIATE" at you! --Snuffles.

Welcome, Hermione's Hair!

If I had the opportunity to get the book early there would be no way I would read it. I would so kill myself like the guy in the BorowitzReport.com satire (the one that MuggleNet/TLC had – it's fake – about the HP fanatic with the "HOGWARTS" license plate who committed suicide because he learned a plot spoiler. then in the end his friend says, "I think I could have saved his life, even if he didn't have one." LOL! )

I knew that Jim Dale was on the Today Show this morning, but I didn't know what time (it goes from 7 to 10). I had to leave for my camp at 8:50, because it starts at 9. Well, I decided it might just be worth it to turn on the TV. This was about 8:40. And wouldn't you know, there he was! For a second I thought it was HBP, but then when Moody starting talking about blowing off your buttocks I knew it was OoP. But did you hear the HP music going on in the background? That was pretty cool. My mom works in Rockefeller Center, and her window looks down onto the Today Show, so I called her up and asked her to look down, and she said she heard lots of kids screaming, but as she listened more closely, she heard the HP score! I thought that was really cool… Wow.

Okey dokey, off to read the gazillion posts that are waiting for me!


timrew - Jul 12, 2005 3:14 pm (#1562 of 2963)

Didn't this happen last time? Some book shop, I think last time it was in New York, got a few copies of Order Of The Phoenix a couple of weeks early and started to sell it 'inadvertently'.

I think this smacks of a publicity stunt, especially as now, it's been done twice. Keep hold of the books, folks! Bloomsbury obviously wants you to read them!


Amilia Smith - Jul 12, 2005 3:29 pm (#1563 of 2963)

Thanks anyway, Elanor. I shouldn't have expected you to have watched the Tour on Sunday (I knew you wouldn't have on Saturday, but I was hoping for Sunday), but that was a very tantalizing bit of information, and I wanted to see how it played out. You're right, no news is good news, and he is most likely fine. I probably could look it up on the Tour websites, but I have enough trouble keeping up with this one. :-) So I am living vicariously through you . . . Thanks for the updates.



Stephanie M. - Jul 12, 2005 4:26 pm (#1564 of 2963)

Wow, that was a random story, but I felt like it is important in all of your lives. – Finn[

Omigod!!! Finn you’re turning into me! You took MY randomness!!! I haven't told a random story in a long time!!! Well maybe not... LOL.

Well only 3 days, 4 hours, and 34 mins!!!!


Miss Malaprop - Jul 12, 2005 5:07 pm (#1565 of 2963)

Gina, in a fit of spring cleaning that extended to my computer, I clicked Mark All As Read, and I have to say it's very liberating! I no longer have a hundred little "new" icons reminding me that I will never read the whole forum!


The Wandless Wizard - Jul 12, 2005 5:08 pm (#1566 of 2963)

Hello all,

I don't know if anybody remembers me. I haven't posted for awhile. My life got too hectic and this site is way, way too addicting. I have been a lurker for several months now. With HBP coming out, I have just finished my re-readings of the first 5 books, so my brain is full to bursting with HP ideas. I decided to come back and do a little bit of posting. This site is great and all the posters are great, so there was really no question where I wanted to go to share my HP ideas. I just wanted to say hello and I'm glad to be back before I dive back into posting. So, ummm....hello, and I'm glad to be back. Hopefully all these thoughts in my head can add something to the discussion. Ok, you may now return to your regularly scheduled chat topic.



Madam Pince - Jul 12, 2005 5:17 pm (#1567 of 2963)

Welcome back, Wandless Wizard! Glad to have you! (See what the release of a new book can do???? We've got former Forumers coming out of the woodwork like House Ghosts!)


Phreaker - Jul 12, 2005 5:30 pm (#1568 of 2963)

Creeps out of the wood for a moment*** I'm here more than most think, but sometimes that's a good thing Smile I am trying to finish up book five in time for book 6. If I complete it, I will play body guard for shepherdess at the release party in the mall to retrieve the "holy grail". If not, I will be at home trying to finish Book five so when she finishes the sixth, I may partake. I ordered a copy on Amazon for my wife, Kowalla, and it will be here Saturday or it is free. My first reaction to the lucky Canadians were: HA! I would keep that book and lend it out as soon as I finished. But when I found out that they had it for two days, returning it for some special merchandise seems the logical path to take. Especially when a judge and whatnot is involved. There's my input for now, and please wish me luck as I try to complete Book 5. I want to complete it without rushing, and that will be a difficult task. Also, apologies for any birthdays or such that I have missed. I really appreciated persons on this forum remembering my birthday. That meant more than you realize Very Happy


Hermy - Jul 12, 2005 5:39 pm (#1569 of 2963)


I recently pressed the mark as read key. Wow what a difference. Some threads were so daunting because of the number of posts were as now I feel like I can read the latest and jump right into the conversation. I had never even been on this thread.

By the way, does anyone know when Kip is going to list the rules for posts after HBP? I'm really looking forward to that announcement. It is almost when you think that JKR is about to update her site. I know the lexicon is about to be updated so I keep checking. That is why I pressed the mark as read key in the first place so I would not miss it.



Denise P. - Jul 12, 2005 5:42 pm (#1570 of 2963)

Kip will post them before Friday He is doing many things right now and realizes that people are getting anxious about them. I really think most people will be happy with what is planned. When he posts it, you won't be able to miss it.


Marie E. - Jul 12, 2005 6:25 pm (#1571 of 2963)

I have a friend whose husband is a manager of a grocery store. Tomorrow morning he'll have boxes of the books in his office. He's a big HP fan and isn't sure if he can make it to Friday night. I'm honestly not sure I could either. I'd be racked with guilt, but would read it just the same.


Madam Pince - Jul 12, 2005 6:55 pm (#1572 of 2963)

Gina, you've inspired me. I did it -- I clicked "Mark As Read."

My poor screen looks so naked! I have to run get a yellow blanket to put around it!


Finn BV - Jul 12, 2005 6:56 pm (#1573 of 2963)

LOL, Madam Pince, just make sure you get my post in the HBP Chapter Titles thread!

When I marked everything as read after my trip in June, I just waited on the forum, and kept refreshing my page, waiting for somebody to post something. Then I went to threads I had never ever been to before, and read the post with deep interest! All those yellow "new"s really become a part of your life!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 12, 2005 7:04 pm (#1574 of 2963)

Elanor I really enjoyed today's stage. What phenomenal athletes those bikers are. I can't imagine pedaling up those mountains then having to do it again tomorrow. To ride for three weeks, wow. We are sure enjoying watching it though. Team Discovery stepped up. I don't think people will be doubting them now.

I think if I bought a book early it would be so difficult to keep my mouth shut. I could not even look at the forum. LPO


Stephanie M. - Jul 12, 2005 7:31 pm (#1575 of 2963)

Omigod!!!! I clicked "Mark as Read" too! It's sooooo strange without all of the yellow "new" signs!


Viola Intonada - Jul 12, 2005 7:49 pm (#1576 of 2963)

Mark as Read is a wonderful button. I will wait until Friday to use mine.

Marie, I don't know how your friend is going to keep himself from taking a peek. I don't know if I could hold off or not.

Denise, what are you going to do if you go into labor just before you get your copy of the book? I think you would have someone pick one up at midnight for you and take it directly to the hospital. You would start reading it during labor, then when the doctor tells you to push you will say, "Not now, I'm just getting to the good part!"

So how is everyone spending their time getting ready for the book? I am almost done with a wizarding robe for my youngest daughter. We are planning to attend a big release party at a bookstore in Hudson. I made her promise that if I made her a robe, she'll wear it for Halloween. She couldn't decide which house she likes best so I will dress her up like a first year before sorting. Children are so much more fun to dress-up than Barbie dolls. (a little more expensive though.)

I'm also trying to figure out when I will be able to get on a computer to visit the forum after I've read the book. I'm going back to the dig on Monday. Then the next weekend I'll be at my parents and they only have dial-up


Denise P. - Jul 12, 2005 7:56 pm (#1577 of 2963)

Denise, what are you going to do if you go into labor just before you get your copy of the book?

Hope they take pity on the pregnant woman and let me cut the line OR give me the book if I promise not to read it until after midnight? Seriously, I am still a little more than a month out so it very unlikely I would go into labor. If it was closer than 2 weeks before I was due, I would be a bit more concerned.

Funny enough (or sad, depends on how you look at it), when I was having Kierynn, I asked if I could wait until American Idol was over before they moved me so I could have her. They agreed and I got to finish the last 15 minutes of the show LOL

I have been re-reading The Wheel of Time series to pass the time. I am almost done with Book 10 (and 11 doesn't come out until October) so I am going to re-read OoP again before Friday night.


Stephanie M. - Jul 12, 2005 8:05 pm (#1578 of 2963)

I was six weeks early so don't say anything or jinx yourself before HBP comes out, or until your done reading it!!!!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 12, 2005 8:29 pm (#1579 of 2963)

I like the Mark as Read. Looks so neat and tidy now. I've been watching the Tour de France and spending a lot of time on the Forum. Mr. Ludicrous is reading OoP. I'm waiting for him to finish so I can reread it. I might have to pick up a copy from my school library if he doesn't hurry up! LPO


Amilia Smith - Jul 12, 2005 8:40 pm (#1580 of 2963)

LPO, can you tell me who crashed Sunday? Here's a link to my original post asking about it. I haven't got a television, so I haven't been able to watch the Tour this year, and I am missing it.

What am I doing to prepare for HBP? I am keeping up on my homework so that I will have time to read this weekend. Speaking of which, what am I doing here? :-)



Helen Potterfan - Jul 12, 2005 8:50 pm (#1581 of 2963)

I have been re-reading The Wheel of Time series to pass the time. I am almost done with Book 10 (and 11 doesn't come out until October) so I am going to re-read OoP again before Friday night.—Denise

Denise, I just finished Book 10 as well and am in the Middle of OoP. I'm excited about 11 coming out, but not nearly as much as I am about HBP.

As to the Canadians, I would certainly have finished the book before they came looking for it, so I would have gladly relinquished my copy for a signed copy on the 16th. The article I read said that they will get the book back at 12:01, so I had great mental image of Canadian Mounties ringing doorbells at exactly 12:01 (at the time I didn't realize how few copies were actually sold). If I were to get my hands on a book early here, I would read it without guilt, but I wouldn't "out" myself here or anywhere else. I would just dwell in my good fortune and writhe restlessly until others finished the book so I could talk about it! My clock says 3 days and 10 minutes!!!


Ydnam96 - Jul 12, 2005 8:51 pm (#1582 of 2963)

I've used the Mark as Read button a lot more lately. I know this may be sacrilege to say but I feel like we are talking in circles on a lot of the threads now. (ducks the rotten veggies and dungbombs) I mean we have talked about every piece of evidence in every book in every context in every way. We have picked the books to death. We need some new material! So I have been avoiding most of the threads. I don't want to be too pre-influenced when I read this book.

I can't even imagine how much the forum will take off after the "waiting period". (A technical question, do we have enough whatever it is a website needs to make it through the waves of new posters and such? I would die if suddenly we lost the forum) I'll be so overwhelmed by all the yellow "new" flags

Although, depending on how long the waiting period is I may not be able to post for a quite a few days. My department is going on a retreat on Tuesday morning until Thursday night. And then work takes off like crazy until the 8th of August. Then we go on a 11 day backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park with all of our student staff. It may be September (after all the students have moved in) when I get time to really read all the comments and participate in all the fun.

I do have this weekend off so I'll probably read it twice. Once all the way through and once to make notes for the forum

Denise, I truly hope that the book isn't too exciting. It would be horrible if you got so excited that you went into labor and had to miss reading the rest of the book! I'll think good thoughts for you. Make sure you read calmly! Have you picked a name for the new baby yet? I know you won't tell us because that would reveal the gender...but I was wondering if you would ever go as far as to name your newest child after one of the characters in the book. Is Mr. Denise going to be able to come back for the birth?

In three days I'll be waiting in line. YIPPPEEEEE


Daioma Dumbledore - Jul 12, 2005 8:53 pm (#1583 of 2963)

I'm going to be a little cheeky and say, haha I've only got under 2 and a half days!! Gotta love living in Australia even more in times like this Sorry to rub it in guys but I'm getting very excited!

Oh, hope you are all great! x


Denise P. - Jul 12, 2005 8:59 pm (#1584 of 2963)

Yes, the baby has a name and nope, the name did not come any fictional work. Without giving anything away, I can tell you the name ends with the letter "N" but then, so do most of my kids If you look at their names, you can probably guess the origin of the name (ethnic origin) I am sure it has been used in fictional works (but not in HP) but that is not why we chose the name. The only child remotely named for fictional characters is Devin Connor. Mr. Denise suggested Devin and swears he did not choose it because at the time, Devon was the lead female in a series called Earth2. I chose Connor and it came from the Highlander movie. Chances are slim that Mr. Denise will be here for the birth but you can never tell.

Stephanie, since this is not my first, second, third or even sixth (!!)baby, I am fairly confident that I can make it long past the release without going into labor. Really, if I were, my doctor would try to stop it at this point.

LPO, All this time for some reason, I thought you were male! Boy, what rock have I been under?

I am also looking more forward to HBP than the next Wheel of Time. Probably because Wheel has been going on for so long and I am rather disappointed in the amount of filler the author has been putting in the more recent books over moving the plot forward.


The Wandless Wizard - Jul 12, 2005 9:00 pm (#1585 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jul 12, 2005 9:03 pm

Denise, I just finished the Wheel of Time series before I started my re-read of the HP series. I hadn't read it at all before I started it a few months ago. I still have to read the prequal, "a New Spring" and an online short story, "The Strike at Shayol Ghul" before I am all caught up with the series and ready to await for Book 11. Those will have to wait until after HP6 though. Anyway, I was curious how you like the series. I loved the beginning and have been getting steadily more disappointed as it moved on. I'll finish the series, but I hope it picks up. There are far too many side-plots and characters now (1700 characters were named through the first 9 novels). I'll never remember half of them by the time Book 11 comes out. Heck, i don't remember half of them now. I haven't talked to any WoT fans and was curious if you felt the same. I am not really all that excited about Book 11. I am more anxious for Book 5 in the Song of Fire and Ice series which is scheduled for November. Of course, HP6 trumps them all in anticipation.


PS Congratulations on the baby. 8 months later is a little late for congrats, but I haven't been around. I wish you an easy, post HP6, labor and a healthy, happy child.

Edit: Just read your last post and you seem to have the same opinions as I do regarding the latest WoT books. Glad I am not alone.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 12, 2005 9:08 pm (#1586 of 2963)

I'm going to be a little cheeky... ?????????

Am so happy for you as I toddle off to finish costumes for the release party. My grand-daughter, (3 y.o.), myself, and my now converted HP fan of a hubby! He has robe, hat, made us all wands, and is ready to go! WOOOHOOO! Grand-daughter will sleep on way home, Hubby driving... I'll have reading lamp on and rest of the world will go away!

...toddles off muttering "Accio HBP!...


Viola Intonada - Jul 12, 2005 9:23 pm (#1587 of 2963)

I'm a slow reader, so I have been rereading the "The Ultilmate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter". There is no way I could read all of OoP before Friday. I didn't start rereading the HP series sooner because I have been trying to be a dutiful Mom and read what my child is reading (A Series of Unfortunate Events).


Denise P. - Jul 12, 2005 9:26 pm (#1588 of 2963)

Viola, how is it going? I tried to read the Series and after the first 3 books I just could not take it anymore. Someone clued me into the overall series plot and where it was going but I still could not read them. They are most certainly written for kids, I find it really irritating, his writing style.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 12, 2005 10:38 pm (#1589 of 2963)

Quick question? Has anyone heard from Barbie lately? Phoenix Song?


Elanor - Jul 12, 2005 11:40 pm (#1590 of 2963)

TBE, I haven't seen her here for some days now and I was asking myself the same question! I hope everything is okay and that she is just avoiding the internet in case of spoilers.

Amilia, I'm so sorry you can't follow the Tour stages! I'll try and see if my Mum still has Monday's newspaper, I may find the name of the guy who felt in it.
LPO, I do agree about yesterday's stage! Don't miss today's stage, with the famous "Alps trilogy", that is the 3 great passes: la Madeleine, le Télégraphe and le Galibier. It is likely a lot of bikers will have to "pedal with the ears" again today...
There are a lot of funny expressions in cyclism and I love that one. It means that, when you are too tired on a bike, you make more moves on it, especially with the head, hoping it will help a bit. There are also these ones that I find funny:
- when someone "gives you a cold", it means that another cyclist pulled away so fast you could not respond, and you "got a cold" from the wind you felt when he went away...
- "to have someone on the rack": when someone follows you in an breakaway but don't take over from you. "To suck the wheel" has the same meaning: the other cyclist only follows you, being protected from the wind by you without working.
- "to be on foot", as Voight yesterday.
- "to keep some under the pedal", see Armstrong yesterday for that.
- "to have the nose in the handlebars", "to lay flat", see Armstrong's team mates for that, it means to give everything for your leader.
- "to take the bus", a lot of cyclists took it yesterday too, also called "the gruppeto", a peloton made of the cyclists who are far behind in a mountain stage and help each other so to reach the end of the stage within the time limit...

Sorry if I bored you with that! I'm very glad I have the Tour to watch while waiting for Saturday... These are looong days indeed!


The giant squid - Jul 12, 2005 11:45 pm (#1591 of 2963)

Mandy, I believe that both Labyrinth and The Neverending Story could be considered cult films, though I'm not sure how large their cult is... I know Neverending Story spawned a couple of sequels, so it's got something going for it.

I have been re-reading The Wheel of Time series to pass the time. I am almost done with Book 10 (and 11 doesn't come out until October) so I am going to re-read OoP again before Friday night.--Denise P.

Denise, if it weren't for the pregnancy, I'd be convinced you were a robot or some other android being... A)Re-reading a 10-part series "to pass the time" and B)re-reading OotP in 3 days?? All in addition to controlling your brood? Inhuman, I tell ya. At the very least, you're the anti-Slacker Mom!



TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 12, 2005 11:54 pm (#1592 of 2963)

Denise? Quick question? Where does a little minor detail called sleep fit in your schedule?


septentrion - Jul 13, 2005 12:30 am (#1593 of 2963)

Hello all !

What would I do if I had a HBP copy before Saturday ? I'll let people know I have it to have that signed copy but I would read as much as I can before to give it back !

Elanor, you forgot to mention that Amstrong gained the yellow jersey back yesterday. He's on his way to win the Tour for the 7th time. I don't think anyone has done it before.

Everyone have a great Wednesday (only 3 days more).


Cornelia - Jul 13, 2005 12:36 am (#1594 of 2963)

Amilia, Elanor - it might have been Jan Ullrich who crashed. But nothing broken only bruises..."it´s not as bad as it looked" said a newspaper.

Hope everybody is all right! Have a nice day!


boop - Jul 13, 2005 3:54 am (#1595 of 2963)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ACCIO SIRIUS!!!! Have a wonderful Day.

Have a great day everyone!!

“Mark as Read” is a great idea for Friday, thanks Gina.

hugs always



Catherine - Jul 13, 2005 5:33 am (#1596 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Accio Sirius!

I had the strangest dream last night. In it, I was sitting on a train and JKR herself was asking my opinions about naming new characters. It was so real until one of the dogs barked to go outside this morning.

I'm going to spend my day working in my yard (hoping for no new outbreaks of poison ivy) and getting my Humane Society paperwork out of the way so that I can focus on HbP this weekend. Maybe if I stay really busy I won't get really antsy about the book, or be tempted to search for spoilers.

Hopefully the repair man for our awful washing machine will come on time this morning, so that I can get to work.

Happy Wednesday, all!


Good Evans - Jul 13, 2005 5:45 am (#1597 of 2963)

It’s my wedding anniversary today - 3 years (yes I know I'm a novice) lovely bouquet of roses just been delivered from my hubby - 9 red, 3 yellow (yellow were in my wedding bouquet) and a handful of thistles (Just to remind me that I am a pain in the rump but he loves me anyway).

Just wanted to share as I am grinning ear to ear. Have a lovely day everyone, cheering charms all round.........


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 13, 2005 5:51 am (#1598 of 2963)

Congratulations Good Evans!

I would certainly NOT give it back without having read as much as I could first.

2 two, two two toooo



mollis - Jul 13, 2005 6:32 am (#1599 of 2963)

Just popping on to say hi and let you all know I'm still around. I've been keeping up with this thread, but just haven't had time to post (or anything to exciting to post about). Gina, I actually hit mark as read a couple days ago. I'll hit it again on Friday. It was quite a debate within myself before I did it, but I certainly don't want to miss out on the new discussions when they start up. So. Anybody else losing sleep out of anticipation? I can barely concentrate on the towering pile of work I have to do. This is going to be a great weekend!!!!


pottermom34 - Jul 13, 2005 7:30 am (#1600 of 2963)

I'm not losing any sleep but I'm getting excited all the same. I got a scare in my email yesterday, I got a message from Walmart saying the delivery date for HBP was changed to July 20 it really angered me then I received another email saying the first was a mistake boy did I breathe better.I think I might buy an extra one this weekend just in case.

Did anyone get the NY Times on Sunday to get the HP crossword? I tried to but they were all gone by the time I got out of work.

Congratulations Good Evans!
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Chemyst - Jul 13, 2005 7:30 am (#1601 of 2963)

Well! I have never been so disappointed in a group of people I have such respect for as I am today. (Oh, lighten up. I'm not taking names and you'll all be forgiven, but...  )
   Shame, for shame, for shame! (in a Gomer Pyle voice) Shame on anyone who would read the book early, taking intellectual property which you know is not yet properly yours, and double shame on the hypocrisy if you are also one who detests spoilers. I'll spare you the lecture on misplaced and fictional priorities, greed, and covetousness, but I will ask you to respect the moral fiber your parents tried to instill in you, and remind you of the virtue of doing the right thing, even when it isn't the easy thing. Humph!


With HBP coming out, I have just finished my re-readings of the first 5 books, so my brain is full to bursting with HP ideas. - Wandless
  Me too, on the second part. (I'm only half-way through OP on the reread part.) ...so many new connections I'd never made before. Until the reread, I'd felt, like Mandy, that "we have talked about every piece of evidence in every book in every context in every way." Now, with the release of HBP, I think we'll see even more of what we missed.

Children are so much more fun to dress-up than Barbie dolls. – Viola
 How true!

Gotta love living in Australia even more in times like this
  Diaoma, feel free to email me if you find something so new & exciting that you need to talk about it. (this is a legitimate loophole in my first paragraph. )

Elanor, what is a peloton?

Happy Birthday Accio Sirius!

...and a handful of thistles - Good Evans
   awww. (deep sigh)


Catherine - Jul 13, 2005 7:51 am (#1602 of 2963)

Shame, for shame, for shame! (in a Gomer Pyle voice)—Chemyst


I think Chemyst might need to borrow my soapbox!

Don't worry, I want HbP to be a "Surprise, suprise, suprise!"


Ydnam96 - Jul 13, 2005 9:03 am (#1603 of 2963)

Good Evans, congrats. Sounds like you have a winner Smile My dad is one of those who forgets those important dates a lot I think.

Mollis, good to see you!!!

Ooofff I'm running so behind already today.


Doris Crockford - Jul 13, 2005 9:21 am (#1604 of 2963)

Pottermom, The Leaky Cauldron has scans of the HP crossword if you look in the news for the past few days. So you can see the clues there. I personally found it too easy, but it was fun to see.

Good Evans, that bouquet sounds really romantic, and like he put quite a bit of thought into it. I'm impressed!

Chemyst, I'm not Elanor, but the peloton is that really big group of riders. On the flat stages, the peloton is made up by almost all of the riders, all in a big clump.

Amilia, I think the rider who fell a couple of days ago was Jose Angel Gomez on the Saunier Duval team.

The Tour de France has been really interesting these last few days, but I have to say that I was surprised at how quickly the doubts came about the Discovery Channel team after their one bad day. I mean, they had a really good team time trial, and they have proven for the past few years that they're a really good team that do exactly what Lance needs to win the Tour. Oh well, they've proven their abilities over the past few days, and no one seems to be doubting them anymore.

I'm trying to finish the Harry Potter series before Friday night, so that I don't go completely insane. But I'm only at the Third Task in GoF now, so I'm not sure I can make it. But I have a 3 hour car ride to the cottage, so I think I can finish them.

If I lived in BC and at the store where the books were leaked, I don't think I would have been able to actually buy the book- I would have been convinced that it was a fake, or that there was the wrong cover art on OoP or something equally unlikely. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone in BC, so I have no hope that anyone I know accidentally bought the book. If it had been in Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta, then I might have had some hope. Guess I'll have to wait for Saturday.


CatherineHermiona - Jul 13, 2005 9:23 am (#1605 of 2963)

Good morning, everyone!!!!!!(who has morning right now)

First I would like to say that I am sorry because of your dog Griffin, Catherine. I know it is after everyone but I didn't even post before.

Happy wedding anniversary, Good Evans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy birthday, Accio Sirius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I watched both of that films, Madam Pince, but they are good no matter how many time you watch it. I watched all of the films and cartoons that were at least in cinema. Me and my aunt always know when there is something for kids in cinema. My aunt is always taking us to the cinema and we are going to cinema only with her(Except when Harry Potter is playing. Then mother goes with us.).

6.8. we should go to Gardaland with our shooting club. We (me and my sister) were so happy but then dad said that we can't go without them. And if we are going to Gardaland with parent then we can't go to Venice because that would cost too much. We want to go on both places so we are trying to convince dad to let us go alone. I hope we will go on both places on the end.



Good Evans - Jul 13, 2005 9:32 am (#1606 of 2963)

Happy birthday Accio Sirius, I missed your post earlier as I popped in to the forum while at work and hadn't a chance to read them properly. I hope you have a lovely day!!


Denise P. - Jul 13, 2005 9:35 am (#1607 of 2963)

I sleep! I normally sleep at least 6-8 hours a night. Since I can't breathe at the moment from a baby being up in my lungs, I also normally lay down with my small ones for an hour in the afternoon. As for reading, while they are swimming, I generally am at a patio table with a glass of ice and a book. I also read when they have gone to bed for the evening. It helps that I read quickly too.

I see a NY bookstore sold a copy of the book. So Gina, care to spill any details?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 13, 2005 9:36 am (#1608 of 2963)

Well! I have never been so disappointed in a group of people I have such respect for as I am today. (Oh, lighten up. I'm not taking names and you'll all be forgiven, but... ) Shame, for shame, for shame! (in a Gomer Pyle voice) Shame on anyone who would read the book early, taking intellectual property which you know is not yet properly yours, and double shame on the hypocrisy if you are also one who detests spoilers. I'll spare you the lecture on misplaced and fictional priorities, greed, and covetousness, but I will ask you to respect the moral fiber your parents tried to instill in you, and remind you of the virtue of doing the right thing, even when it isn't the easy thing. Humph!---Chemyst

This seems a bit strong and I'm wondering if Chemyst is trying to throw us (and the Canadian authorities) off the scent. Chemyst, just how long a drive is it from where you live to the Canadian border?

And just for the record, I'm the type of girl who, after getting home and emptying her shopping bag, calls CVS to tell them the clerk put her receipt and her $55 check in the bag and would they mind waiting until tomorrow for her to make another trip (with the toddlers) to return it.

***now, where did I put that bootleg copy of HBP***

Happy Birthday, Accio Sirius!

Good Evans, I think the thistles are a lovely touch. My husband always brings me Irises, which I carried. Or as my children say, "Look Mom, Dad brought you Irishes!" To which he replies, "No, you're Irishes, they're Irises."


Good Evans - Jul 13, 2005 10:21 am (#1609 of 2963)

He he he Lupin is Lupin Natch - irishes - lovely!!!

many thanks for all the nice wishes. It’s nice to know we all appreciate beautiful and heartfelt posies!!!

edit - off to dinner now, spending evening with lovely hubby - good night all - only two more days to go!!!!!


The giant squid - Jul 13, 2005 11:22 am (#1610 of 2963)

Congratulations, Good Evans, and happy birthday Accio Sirius! No, you can't have my lamppost but I might get you a teaser poster if knew where to send it.

Thistles...I'll have to remember that for next March...



Thora - Jul 13, 2005 12:10 pm (#1611 of 2963)

Happy Anniversary Good Evans (late, sorry)!

If I happened upon the early released books I probably would have scooped up every copy and demanded they be returned to a secure area, I've found I'm very silly about this honesty thing, I just can't stand that sick feeling if something is shady.

By the way, snitches are fun to make.



Helen Potterfan - Jul 13, 2005 12:50 pm (#1612 of 2963)

Denise, I just finished the Wheel of Time series before I started my re-read of the HP series. I hadn't read it at all before I started it a few months ago. I still have to read the prequal, "a New Spring" and an online short story, "The Strike at Shayol Ghul" before I am all caught up with the series and ready to await for Book 11. Those will have to wait until after HP6 though. Anyway, I was curious how you like the series. I loved the beginning and have been getting steadily more disappointed as it moved on. I'll finish the series, but I hope it picks up. There are far too many side-plots and characters now (1700 characters were named through the first 9 novels).--The Wandless Wizard

Wandless--I'm not Denise, but I've just read the Wheel of Time books as well, so I thought I'd chime in. I agree with you. There is too much filler and Jordan takes much too long to develop plot points. I liked the early books, but am liking the later books less and less, but I'm now too invested in the story not to finish the series. What I find most frustrating is the lack of any sense of resolution at the end of many of the books in the series. JKR does a great job of resolving the plot of an individual book while building on the larger plot and themes of the series. After reading almost 1000 pages, you really want to feel like something is resolved! The 10th was the worst in that respect. He could at least have resolved the White Tower standoff by the end of the book!

Happy Birthday Accio Sirius!

Twinkling Blue eyes--the costumes sound great. I have nothing so elaborate. I'm only wearing my "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" T-shirt.

I'm so excited about the release that I'm spending much too much time online looking at HP-related items. My husband and I are re-reading OoP at the same time! He takes it to work so he can read on the subway and on breaks, and I get it when he gets home. I'll finish it today. He has generously agreed (though I don't think he'd have had a choice Wink to let me read HBP first since I'm a much faster reader than him and will finish it in a day.


Lina  - Jul 13, 2005 1:53 pm (#1613 of 2963)

Happy birthday, Accio Sirius!

Happy anniversary, Good Evans!

Whenever I feel like eating chocolate, I think of Ponine (only Saturdays !!!???!!?). Now, whenever I have a moral dilemma, I'll think of you, Chemyst!

I am the one of those who would be shocked to see that the book is being sold before the July 16th and would probably warn the vendor that there is something wrong. But the fact is that, while I'm trembling and hoping to get my copy on Tuesday instead on Wednesday, I meet people asking me "Is it published yet?" I can very well imagine those people entering the store and thinking "Oh, look, the Harry Potter book I haven't seen yet! I'll buy it for my nephew..." Therefore, I'm not sure the people who bought the books were really aware of what they had in their hands.


Delightful Task! - Jul 13, 2005 2:32 pm (#1614 of 2963)

French readers, if you want to buy your copy of the Half blood Prince before everyone, let me know, I'll give you the address! Anyway, I can't believe that I was able to look at those books and not even touch them!! That was at the nearby supermarket, and really, nobody seemed to care!! Well, I looked at the book and felt disappointed they could be sold in that kind of place, just like eggs or shampoo... I'll buy my copy in England, on the 16th, if I can find one!!

Happy birthady Accio Sirius! Happy anniversary good Evans!! Have a great night / day everyone!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 13, 2005 2:36 pm (#1615 of 2963)

What a strange afternoon I had today. No sooner did I respond to Good Evans' post about the anniversary flowers and my own wedding flowers than I went out to run some errands and such. I was browsing the shops two towns over and discovered a brand new homewares shop. It carries all things French. ***waggles eyebrows*** The shop owner greeted me, asked if I'd ever been to her other shop and when she told me the name of said shop, I exclaimed, "Hey! You did the flowers for my wedding!" I hadn't seen her for 14 years. Wow! What a coincidence! ***glides off lost in a reverie of wedding memories***


Finn BV - Jul 13, 2005 2:48 pm (#1616 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Accio Sirius! Happy Anniversary, Julie!

During Drama today at camp we were deciding on the end-of-camp production. Our alotted time is 20 minutes. The class is having a Harry craze – it's amazing! Somebody suggested we do Harry, as the play! However, the teacher said that that would be pretty hard to do in 20 minutes, and we still have to leave time for our improv games. I suggested we do a condensed (and likely mutilated but that's okay ) version of the six books in 10 minutes. Have each book go by in about 2. She really liked the idea and said she'd write it this weekend when she's not reading the new book! Well, naturally, I thought of all of you.


Ponine - Jul 13, 2005 6:21 pm (#1617 of 2963)

Lina - I feel so busted!! I am sitting in front of my computer, thinking... "Hm, I know I bought that lovely piece of chocolate with little cookie/cracker pieces in it for Saturday and my date with Harry, but it is awfully big for one day....." And then the voice from above (or the writing on my screen says the words Ponine - chocolate - only - Saturday.... I will, of course, not touch it until Saturday. **giggles** - Now I will have a little Lina on my shoulder everytime I am tempted...

Happy Birthday Accio Sirius, and happy anniversary Good Evans - this is obviously a good week for us all! And DT - I would have bought it regardless. I know what chemyst thus thinks of my moral fibre, but, alas, I ain't got none.... I may not have been able to open it - and this would ONLY be out of respect for JK, but just to hold it - I would unfortunately become Gollum in a heartbeat...My Precious....


Madam Pince - Jul 13, 2005 7:06 pm (#1618 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Accio Sirius!

Awwwwwwww, Good Evans, that is so sweet! What a thoughtful hubby! Congrats on your anniversary.

Someone (TBE?) said something about using a booklight to read on the way home from the store. I read OoP the first time almost entirely using a booklight -- back then, Baby Pince liked for me to sit in his room at night until he fell asleep, and I sat in the rocker with my little booklight and read and read and read, and he was happy and I was happy and all was right with the world.

This time around I'll probably just spend the night on the sofa.

Chemyst will just have to sit in judgement of me -- I'd buy that sucker so fast it would make your head spin. As far as I know there's no judicial injunctions in place here in the States, are there? Just Canada and the UK, right? So a fair exchange of money for a fair exchange of goods -- in my Economics class that was a good thing.

Of course, I would not speak a word of what I read to anyone else at all. But I would be reading, oh yes, I would!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 13, 2005 7:25 pm (#1619 of 2963)

Shame on anyone who would read the book early, taking intellectual property which you know is not yet properly yours, and double shame on the hypocrisy if you are also one who detests spoilers.—Chemyst

Shame I can live with. Curiosity is killing me right now. Plus, I don't think there would be any spoiler hypocrisy. It wouldn't be a "spoiler" if you have the book sitting on your lap.

Well, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone happy reading. For some reason, my computer is not connecting to the network so I am without the internet at work. I don't see anyone around here jumping to fix my problems, so I won't be around as regularly. (At night I am usually rather busy. Work is when I do my best posting usually. ) Alas.

So good luck to all standing in line and have a Happy HBP!!!!


Amilia Smith - Jul 13, 2005 8:30 pm (#1620 of 2963)

Thank-you, Cornelia, Doris and Elanor. You are so good to me. That has just been bugging me to no end . . . So, Jan crashed? How is he doing otherwise?

I thought it was funny, the report on TLC about the copy that got sold in NYC. The people who bought it said that they will be returning it. Key word "will." I read that and thought of everyone here saying they would give it back, of course, but only after they read it. Don't know what I'd do myself. Rather glad I don't have to make that decision. You probably have more moral fiber than I do, Delightful Task.



Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 13, 2005 8:32 pm (#1621 of 2963)

Amilia I think it was Ulrich who crashed. They are all running together. It seems the Yellow Jersey is bad luck for everyone but Lance. Voight and Zabriske are both out of the race. Elanor thank you for all the Tour phrases. Guess we can't count Vinokourov out. LPO

Edit: Cross post with Amilia. Ulrich is still in the race. He lost some time yesterday but hung in there today. He is in 9th place.


Viola Intonada - Jul 13, 2005 8:46 pm (#1622 of 2963)

So, Loopy Lupin, you're the one AOL did their internet surfing at work survey on huh?

Happy Birthday Accio Sirius and Happy Anniversary Good Evans. A good sense of humor about your marriage will keep you two together for a long time.

Denise, since my oldest is only 9 years old, it is very easy for me to stay at that mental level in order to read "Unfortunate". I don't know if the same will be true 10 years from now.

I have a theory that Denise does not live in the same dimension of time as the rest of us. She is either a physics genius and has found a way to warp time, or she is a witch in possession of a timeturner.

I finished my daughter's robe today. Now I just have to get her a white shirt and gray skirt. I think we will pass on the gray sweater, considering how hot it has been.

I missed the Crossword!! I will have to see if my in-laws made a copy for me before doing the crossword.

I'm getting so excited about Friday night. There is a bookstore that is going all out for the HBP release, well, I should say there is a whole town. There will be wand making, hat making, O.W.L. exams, you can be sorted into houses, there will even be a Quidditch tournament. My children are very excited, my husband thinks we have all gone insane!

On Monday, I received my call from Walden Bookstores to remind me to pick up my copy on the 16th. Luckily, we weren't home so I have Jim Dale's voice on my answering machine. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 2752390508

Just two more days!!! (Only one more for those down under) How on earth am I going to be able to concentrate on getting my children and myself packed for three weeks! Boy, was that ever poor planning on my part!


Chemyst - Jul 13, 2005 8:57 pm (#1623 of 2963)

I don't think there would be any spoiler hypocrisy. It wouldn't be a "spoiler" if you have the book sitting on your lap. – Loopy[
 Quite right if you put it that way. That would not be a 'spoiler' for the person with the book in the lap, but depending upon their actions prior to such positioning of the book, it could be 'hypocrisy.'   The brainwaves I was operating from meant that for people who have been inconveniencing others with their double back flips to avoid all foreknowledge, (not that I would wish to deprive them of their idiosyncrasy,) – for one of those people to succumb to cheating on the release date after telling everyone else their freedom of speech must be buried in invisible type when discussing even the legally released advertising-type spoilers; That is hypocrisy.

Thora, do you get the feeling we are out-numbered on this subject?


Penny Lane. - Jul 13, 2005 10:09 pm (#1624 of 2963)

Hypothetically speaking, let’s say one of our forum members someone came across one of the few (approx. 25 or so) books that have been accidently sold. Would you even believe said member could have possibly come into contact with said book? And would you believe them if they told you that one of the chapter lists was true? Probably not, right?


47 more hours!


Denise P. - Jul 13, 2005 10:25 pm (#1625 of 2963)

Penny, it would depend on who it was and how well I felt I knew them. Prior to OoP coming out, two days before actually, a member emailed me with details from the book to include who was dying and what chapter. (She had asked me if I minded spoilers because she was dying to tell someone). Her information was 100% accurate right down to what chapter Sirius died in. She had access to the book and was given permission by her boss to read it.

If someone on the Forum said they had a copy of the book....I would probably be inclined to discount that given the number of copies sold.

If a member said they had a chapter list from a reliable source and I felt that that member was reliable as well, I would look at it before making up my mind. I have seen a few chapter lists and so far, I only think one of them may be accurate. This is based on what I know about that member who sent it to me as well as the list itself...it just reeks of JKR (to me, anyway). Also, the source was in the same position the other person was in prior to OoP...same type of employment. I would say I am 95% certain that one is a factual list but I won't know for sure until Saturday.

Madam Pince, don't I wish I had a time turner!! If I did, wow, what I could get done then.... You can go to The Leaky Cauldron and print off a copy of the crossword puzzle. That is what I did but it is super simple.


Cornelia - Jul 13, 2005 11:22 pm (#1626 of 2963)

Happy National Holiday to our French Forum members!!!!

The slogan of the revolution is today as actual and important as it was when it took place. Will you visit a parade? (We´ll celebrate at the estonian open air museum in the evening, hope it will not rain)

Hope you all have a nice day!

P.S. As long as Armstrong wears yellow, I don´t care what Ullrich does...


Amilia Smith - Jul 13, 2005 11:33 pm (#1627 of 2963)

LOL, Cornelia.

I'm drawing a blank here. What was the slogan of the revolution again? Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood? Anyrate, a happy Bastille Day from me too, even though it is still early Wednesday evening here.



Elanor - Jul 13, 2005 11:37 pm (#1628 of 2963)

Happy birthday Accio Sirius and happy anniversary Good Evans!

You know what? It's Thursday here! The first thing I thought this morning when I woke up was "the day after tomorrow"... That is so exciting, especially to live this with you all!

Delightful Task, thanks for the offer but I'll wait till Saturday, that wait is so much part of the fun! I do like the idea of us reading at the same time all over the world! And where is the fun if you open your Christmas presents before Christmas day? Congratulations on not opening yours!

Doris, thanks for answering Chemyst's question about the peloton! Actually, "peloton" is a French word but as I saw it employed in English too here, I used it without thinking more about it. It means "small ball" (of wool) first, and also "group", "pack"... When I was a small kid, I found it funny to see the big group of cyclists called like that because I thought it didn't look like a "small ball of wool" at all!

LPO, yes, I think Vino is not out yet! Though it is likely he used a lot of energy in that long breakaway. As for Ulrich, I'm sad for him but he's doing exactly as he did the years before, I'll bet he won't be sad to see Armstrong retire! Today's stage should be less difficult, they're still in the mountains but not that high.

Have a great night/day everybody! And I wish a wonderful 14th of July (Bastille day) to my fellow French members here. The firework display was on yesterday evening here and it was beautiful. I always have a little thought for Fred and George when I see one!

Edit: Thanks Cornelia and Amilia! Yes, it was "liberty, equality, fraternity" and it is still the national slogan. I won't go and see a parade because the parade will come to me, they pass just under my windows!


septentrion - Jul 14, 2005 3:35 am (#1629 of 2963)

Hello all !

happy and belated birthday to Accio Sirius and happy and belated anniversary to Good Evans !

Delightful Task, I don't mind if you tell me where to get my book although I don't think I'll get it before Saturday, but I don't want anyone tells me "did you know the book were sold Friday there ?" and me answer "no". On the other hand, I don't work tomorrow afternoon and after being thwarted of my HBP week-end by friends (wedding Saturday and party Sunday), well...

It's a day off here and guess what I'm doing ? Housework ! Well, hubby is decided to do most of the job, who am I to prevent him ? That's how I get doing some posting around here while he finishes the kitchen.

Have a good Thursday everyone ! And happy Bastille day for who celebrates !


Lina  - Jul 14, 2005 3:41 am (#1630 of 2963)

Happy Bastille day to all who celebrate!


Catherine - Jul 14, 2005 4:37 am (#1631 of 2963)

I just realized that Daisy's birthday is on Bastille Day!

We use the dogs' birthday as an opportunity to make yummy desserts in their honor. But I'll be happy to eat dessert in honor of Bastille Day, also.

I'm very excited about HbP.

Also, to the member with whom I was chatting last night, sorry I had to step away and didn't come back...it got to be rather involved at our house last night. **waves**

Happy Thursday to all.


Good Evans - Jul 14, 2005 5:26 am (#1632 of 2963)

Happy Bastille day to the French members. If the weather was this hot back in the 1780's (?) I'm surprised they marched on anything - but then again I suppose if I was told I could get HBP today by putting a long dress over my work clothes and marching through the streets, you know I just might do it!!!! Its all about what you will do for your beliefs (um ...not that I am comparing the struggle of the French revolutionaries with the inconvenience of waiting for a book release - clearly the French revolution is far inferior to the release of book six – joking, joking !!!! ducks incoming missiles from over the channel and zooms to other threads ..... have a great day everyone.


Gina R Snape - Jul 14, 2005 7:02 am (#1633 of 2963)

OMG, can you even believe it...my office computer has DIED! Just up and died.

I've brought my laptop into work so I can surf the internet during the day!!! There's no way I'm going to miss out on any pertinent news this close to the book!

Denise, that book was sold in Poughkeepsie, NY, which is about 1 1/2 hours outside of Manhattan. So I'm afraid the only news I have is the same news you have...

And, you guys are so funny. I'm waiting until tomorrow to hit the Mark Read button. With fear and trepidation, no less. Totally irrational, I know. But it's hard to wipe a slate clean!!!

btw, Bloomsbury has posted the back cover blurb on their website.

And Denise, I have seen that other list and it does sound completely unconvincing. Either the one I have is accurate, or someone is VERY good at imitating JKR's style, which is most impressive.

And on that topic, I shall say no more!


Accio Sirius - Jul 14, 2005 7:19 am (#1634 of 2963)

Wow! Thank you for all of the wonderful birthday wishes! It made my day! Mike!!! A teaser poster? Q'uest que se? What a nice offer! I gave the giant Harry Potter cut out that I got from the release of POA to my daughter's school library. The librarian still talks about it and uses it all the time to hang up signs. Kids get their picture taken with it.

I've been lurking when I can, but my daughter's swim team is in full season. I agreed to be the social's coordinator and somehow I've gone from ordering pizzas to help seeding the meets!! The season is only five weeks long but it is intense, two meets a week and practice twice a day. Plus, the weather here (DC) is like hot soup, so by the time we come home, I've melted. I try to work HP into our socials whenever I can and for Saturday's meet, all the kids will have Harry Potter glasses!

Everyone here seems so relatively calm consider THE BIG DAY IS COMING! Happy Bastille Day! Thanks again for the birthday wishes! Especially Catherine--I enjoyed the e-card!


Eponine - Jul 14, 2005 7:31 am (#1635 of 2963)

I'm quite ready for the book. My best friend and I made shirts last night. We wrote on white tank tops with colored markers. Her shirt says 'Muggle Pride' and has a picture of a wand underneath that. Then below the wand it says, 'It's just a stick.' My shirt says 'Half-Blood Princess' with a crown underneath it. The 'ss' on Prince is scribbled on in black, so the shirt looks like it originally said 'Half-Blood Prince' and the 'ss' was added. I think it's cute.

There are brief moments when I wonder if I'm a bit too old to be making shirts for a book release, but then I get over it.

Is anyone else going to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? We're planning on seeing that Friday night. I have to call the bookstore to see what their procedure is going to be, but I'm hoping we can go pick up numbers or something then go see the movie. I'm looking forward to the movie quite a bit as well. Everything I've seen about it looks like they're being extremely faithful to the book, and that makes me happy.

Well, Happy Bastille Day!

Only one more night of sleep!


Penny Lane. - Jul 14, 2005 7:46 am (#1636 of 2963)

Happy Bastille Day everyone!

Gina! I need to tell you something really, really interesting but you aren't on YIM!!!! Well, important in the grand scheme of things? Not really. But interesting none the less.

37 more hours - ooh, I *could* stay awake until I get it... But then I'd probably miss out on reading it with everyone else.


Madam Pince - Jul 14, 2005 7:58 am (#1637 of 2963)

Happy Bastille Day!

Eponine, your shirts are so creative!

Denise, I think it was Viola who thought you had a time-turner. (Well, I think so, too, but it was she who mentioned it I believe!) Don't worry -- people who went to the Gathering last year are always mixing us up!


Denise P. - Jul 14, 2005 8:09 am (#1638 of 2963)

Didn't mean to mix you two up. Goodness, I met both of you and truly can tell you apart LOL

We are having these nasty french doors replaced today with a sliding glass door. The installer discovered some of the subflooring is rotting and needs to be replaced (which we knew). He asked me to move the computer desk that is sitting there. I was silent a moment and then told him I can't move the desk. He continued to work on something and asked me why not. I was silent and then said "Well, I am 8 months pregnant, even if I empty it, I still can't move it." He looked up, actually looked at me and said "Oh." We worked it out so he will just cut the carpet to replace the flooring, it is only maybe a foot square so I am not too worried about it.

In just over 36 hours...I know where I will be!!


Madam Pince - Jul 14, 2005 8:13 am (#1639 of 2963)

What is wrong with that man???? Does his union contract not allow him to move a computer desk or something? For Pete's sake, chivalry must be totally dead if he'd expect a pregnant lady to move something he's not willing to move! Sheesh!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 14, 2005 9:13 am (#1640 of 2963)

Denise that is awful. I can't believe he asked you to do that. Glad you were able to work it out. I must say I admire your courage with so many children!

Vive le Liberte! (Sp) Happy Bastille day. LPO


Denise P. - Jul 14, 2005 9:36 am (#1641 of 2963)

I was more amused than insulted by it. It says a lot if he thinks I am strong enough right now to move a desk LOL I can barely walk up my stairs without stopping for breath hee hee

He has replaced the rotted subflooring, has the slider in place and is making it all nice now. Hopefully he will be done in about the next hour.


Ydnam96 - Jul 14, 2005 9:59 am (#1642 of 2963)

I wonder how he missed the fact that you are pregnant? I mean, it is a "condition" which is rather obvious


Catherine - Jul 14, 2005 10:30 am (#1643 of 2963)

I was more amused than insulted by it. It says a lot if he thinks I am strong enough right now to move a desk LOL I can barely walk up my stairs without stopping for breath hee hee –Denise

Maybe he thinks you can just "Wingardium Leviosa" the desk?

He's lucky that you chose to be amused rather than have a hormonal fit. In your place, I might have had a hormonal fit.

We have repair issues at our house, too. Our (7 year old) washer leaked water all over the floor, and the amount required to repair it is half of what a new washer would cost. I'm trying to talk Mr. Catherine into a new washing machine but in the meantime, I will have to take our laundry to the laundromat, which is not my favorite activity. The part required to fix the machine won't be in until next week.

I've actually been checking to see if we all have enough clean socks and underwear for me to delay the laundromat trip until I have HbP, because that would give me an excuse to sit and read.


Madam Pince - Jul 14, 2005 10:31 am (#1644 of 2963)

Tee-hee Mandy, you'd think the guy would've noticed, wouldn't you? Although -- the director of Baby Pince's childcare place was eight months along before I even noticed. She just delivered this week, and I swear you'd think she was maybe at four months, tops. Or possibly even had just been hitting the drive-through at McDonalds too many times.

Congrats on the new door and floor, Denise!

That would almost be a good enough reason to just throw the dirty socks and undies into the dishwasher instead, Catherine. That ought to get you through Saturday morning. (I'm just kidding!)


Chemyst - Jul 14, 2005 11:28 am (#1645 of 2963)

Denise, how long will it be before the shortstops and outfielders you are raising will be strong enough to move desks? I just realized I haven't done much heavy lifting for awhile now. We keep spare the light bulbs in those high unreachable cupboards over the stove exhaust - I haven't changed a light bulb either since my son grew taller than me about a year ago.


Denise P. - Jul 14, 2005 1:17 pm (#1646 of 2963)

The oldest one at home right now just turned 12. The three oldest boys (12, 11 and 9) rotate mowing the lawn for me right now, they take the trash out and things like that. My 9 and 8 year lifted a 30 lb bag for me yesterday. So really, they do help quite a bit. This desk, even empty, took 2 adults to move when we put it in place. I have wonderful neighbors who are willing to come in and climb the 12ft ladder to change the lightbulb on the stairwell and other assorted tasks that are just beyond me or the boys right now.

My countdown now says 1 day, 8 hours, 43 minutes....not that I am anxious or anything......


Catherine - Jul 14, 2005 2:03 pm (#1647 of 2963)

I just wanted to share something that really touched my heart a few moments ago.

There was a beautiful handwritten note from the veterinarian who helped me with Gryffin back on Monday. Every member of the staff who worked with him that day wrote something very kind about him and signed his or her name.

I feel really fortunate to have such caring professionals looking after my pets.

My countdown clock says that it's 30 hours...Yay!


Dragonesss - Jul 14, 2005 2:07 pm (#1648 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jul 14, 2005 2:28 pm

Just look at that: San Francisco Chronicle, today, front page. An article named “There's something about 'Harry'” starts with: “Brace yourself: In the new Harry Potter book, someone has to die.”

Someone has to die?! Ow! Really???

Is that supposed to be a news? A front page breaking news?? How slowly Chronicle reporters are??? I guess I should expect them to print something about London being chosen for 2012 Olympics sometime around Christmas.


The giant squid - Jul 14, 2005 3:23 pm (#1649 of 2963)

Don't you just love "news" stories like that? I mean, I expect print news to be a little behind on some announcements--TV & internet can get the breaking news quicker--but to put on the front page something we've been talking about for, well, years seems bizarre to me.


I got an e-mail from Amazon telling me that my book will arrive on the 16th...no later than 7 PM. I'd be irritated if it weren't for the fact that I have to work both Friday & Saturday night (until well past midnight both days). I probably won't even get to crack the book open until I get on a plane Monday--and that's assuming my wife's done with it by then! Maybe I can convince the mother-in-law to loan me her copy for the trip...she's not quite as obsessed as I am...



Ydnam96 - Jul 14, 2005 3:28 pm (#1650 of 2963)

One of my co-workers just asked if he could borrow my copy when I am done reading it Smile haha I'm starting to influence my coworkers...:evilgrin:
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Viola Intonada - Jul 14, 2005 5:07 pm (#1651 of 2963)

My kids are almost as excited as I am. It has definitely been affecting their behavior. I have had to remind them several times today, as they were picking on each other, that Dad would be more than happy to sit at home with any child whose behavior does not warrant a trip to the bookstores. It's wonderful when you have the proper carrots to dangle in front of your children!! I did finish my youngest one's robe today. She keeps wanting to wear it around the house. Now all I have to do is come up with a gray skirt.

Edit: Denise, if you don't have a time-turner, then you must be a physics genius that has discovered how to manipulate time. Care to share the secret?


Daioma Dumbledore - Jul 14, 2005 5:32 pm (#1652 of 2963)

I can't believe that this is the last HBP prince free day I'm going to have!! Tomorrows the day, well, not even, since I won't sleep, tonight is the night!! Woohoo!!! Happy reading everyone, can't wait to get back here after all the reading and re-reading is done!


Catherine - Jul 14, 2005 5:33 pm (#1653 of 2963)

LOL, Viola!

I have been a mom who has told her girls that anyone who picks fights with the sister that she might not be included in my book store party trip.

They have been, thankfully, on their very best behavior thinking that I won't let them come if they are not good.

We are all very excited.


Gina R Snape - Jul 14, 2005 5:55 pm (#1654 of 2963)

Hey. I just wanted to pop in and say I was watching Comedy Central and a commercial came on for the Daily Show. Jon Stewart announces that his "correspondent" Rob Cordry is in a bookstore looking at the new HP book without authorization. He then says JKR has sued him (or something like that) and he'll be doing time in Azkaban.

It's not so funny typing it, but I love Jon Stewart and it was kinda neat to see him do that in a commercial. I wonder if they will do a spoof on the HP release tonight.


boop - Jul 14, 2005 6:55 pm (#1655 of 2963)

For July 15th : HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIE', Have a wonderful day!!!!


Marie E. - Jul 14, 2005 6:55 pm (#1656 of 2963)

Catherine, my vet's office sent me nice card too. I thought it was touching, especially how busy they must be, to take the time for that.

One of my co-workers has been out sick this week, and since she's one of our "openers" I have been coming in at 6:15am for her. I am so NOT a morning person, so it's been very hard on me. The girls are not fond of getting up at the crack of dawn either. This morning Lexie was literally on the floor crying instead of getting dressed. Poor babes.

My friend's husband who has the books in his office called me today pretending he was reading. I was so mad until he told me he was joking. He said all he did was read the back cover and check how many pages it had (which I already knew of course ).


Gina R Snape - Jul 14, 2005 7:04 pm (#1657 of 2963)

Oh, yes. Happy birthday. And happy bastille day! (just glances at the calendar).

And happy Potter eve!!!!!


Madam Pince - Jul 14, 2005 9:01 pm (#1658 of 2963)

Oh, pooh. I was hoping that when the clock changed over, that it would say "0 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes" so that I could tell Loopy Lupin that there are 0 days left now, so start reading!


Daioma Dumbledore - Jul 14, 2005 9:05 pm (#1659 of 2963)

10 hours & 3 minutes left!!!! !!!!!!!!


Amilia Smith - Jul 14, 2005 9:24 pm (#1660 of 2963)

Unless, of course, you live in Hawaii. In which case you still have 1 day, 5 hours, and 24 minutes. :-)

Oh well, I am supposed to be working on my homework anyway. Right. MARC (MAchine Readable Catalog) records, here I come. . . .

I love you, Tomorrow!
You're only a day away!

(Sorry, internal soundtrack is leaking out.)



Ydnam96 - Jul 14, 2005 9:32 pm (#1661 of 2963)

My countdown is 1 day, 2 hours and 34 mins. By this time tomorrow I'll be in line surrounded by hundreds of children high on sugar and pinging all over the place. And I won't care. Cause I'm gonna get my book!

Does anyone know if you pre-ordered a book at Barnes and Noble to buy at the store, if you will be able to get one of the special editions or only the regular ones? I didn't know when I put my name on the list that there was going to be a special one. Does anybody know what the price difference is? I mean, I won't be disapointed if I "only" get the regular one but it would be so cool to get the special edition. I mean, shoot it's gonna be my birthday I should go alllllll out.

I'm trying to make a list of things to keep myself busy tomorrow so I'm not online just waiting and looking at the countdown. I've got laundry and housecleaning to do because some friends are coming over for a birthday lunch on Saturday (they wanted to celebrate and I couldn't say no...but I'm afraid I'll be a zombie when they come cause I am determined to read the book in one sitting if possible).

Happy Birthday Marie! We are almost birthday buddies.

OH not too long now.

I would like to say in advance: thank you to all the work I know the hosts and mods will be doing in the next few weeks, I'm sure that their workload here will increase and I'm so thankful for all the tiem and effort you put in to the website. You guys are great.


Stephanie M. - Jul 14, 2005 9:34 pm (#1662 of 2963)

23 Hours and 26 Minutes!!!! WooHoo!!!!

Edit: Well, for me at least.


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 14, 2005 9:38 pm (#1663 of 2963)

Happy Bastille day. To commemorate I had planned on quiche for dinner but got so involved in painting the trim in the bathroom that it was too late to start it. So I marked leek soup instead, is that appropriately celebratory?

The Dementors visited us today. This afternoon I let the kids play with the garden hose (hosepipe). They left it running. It was probably a couple of hours, and now we have NO water. At first I thought that the well was dry, so I shut everything down, with the hope it would fill up in a couple of hours. Alas, here we sit without water. I had to wash the dinner dishes with my emergency water from the basement. Oh, how I just hate think of the bill for this one.

Gina, thank you for the idea of hitting the mark as read button. I had never done that before it's made keeping up so much easier.

Denise, you must be one of those people who carries small and discreetly, or do you had a myopic repairman?


23 hours!


dizzy lizzy - Jul 14, 2005 9:40 pm (#1664 of 2963)

I'm back. And yes I will be hitting that magical "mark as read" button. It is now 2.36pm on Friday afternoon. I have just a little over 18 hours to go until 9.01am on saturday morning when I'm allowed to get the book (cause that's when its 12.01am BST for me).

I had a very very busy week and enjoyed the week actually. I got home about 2 hours ago. And the lex was the first place I visited.

Talk to you all soon *goes back to waiting impatiently*



Madam Pince - Jul 14, 2005 9:40 pm (#1665 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Marie, and Happy Early Birthday, Mandy! What a shame you won't be getting anything exciting for your birthdays!!! And welcome back Lizzy! Just in time!

Mandy, I think the price difference is pretty considerable. I believe the Deluxe Edition is $60.00 (U.S.) while the regular one is $29.99, I think. Of course, I believe the pre-orders get 40% off so the price is ... what... $17.99 or something I think my reminder e-mail said. That makes it even worse. When I placed my pre-order I asked them if there was any pre-order discount for the Deluxe Edition and they told me no. (The worst part is that I'm sure the Deluxes will all be shrink-wrapped so none of us in the cheap, unwashed masses will get our grubby little paws on it trying to look at the cover art!)

And I second your advance thank-you to the Hosts -- it will probably not be too fun for you guys the next few weeks, but you do a great job and we do appreciate it!


Denise P. - Jul 14, 2005 9:53 pm (#1666 of 2963)

Denise, you must be one of those people who carries small and discreetly, or do you had a myopic repairman?

Bwahahaha...I tend to have babies that hover around 9 lbs so it is most certainly the myopic repairman!! Right now, my belly arrives a few minutes before I do

In just 24 hours, I will be standing in a line to get my book!!!!! Then about 12 hours after that, I have to take a break from reading to go to the Hallmark Ornament event at my local Hallmark store and get my Christmas ornaments. Each year, the kids each get a Hallmark ornament from the pets. It is wrapped and under the tree and says from "The Pets" LOL It is just fun, they all play into the game that the guinea pigs and birds find spare pennies through the year and buy these ornaments.


Madam Poppy - Jul 14, 2005 10:41 pm (#1667 of 2963) Reply
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My daughter had her baby on Wednesday, July 29th! She weighed 7 lb, 11 oz and was named Lily Anne Megan Green. For those of you who don't know, Karla spent most of her pregnancy throwing up...she was hospitalized 3 times. So we are very grateful that Lily has arrived safe, sound and beautiful. I was by her side for all 38 hours of labor. I was up for 2 days straight! Karla needed two blood transfusions for loss of blood! She also had to go back to the hospital Sunday night due to blood loss and Grandma babysat Lily for 12 hours! It has been amazing to be a part of such a miracle. I haven't lost my touch...I can still get the burps out and the crying stopped.
If Lily behaves she'll tag along tomorrow night while I go pick up my book on CD. Karla has the old front baby carrier I made some 29 years ago.
I haven't had time to stay caught up on any of the book news since I arrived here in Reno almost a month ago. My daughter is also moving so we've been slowly packing and cleaning a little every day.
I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of the latest book. Happy reading....or listening.

Madam (Grandma) Poppy


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 14, 2005 10:47 pm (#1668 of 2963)

Poppy CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! That's wonderful.

(Grandma, you may however, want to check the date of birth that you posted)



Madam Poppy - Jul 14, 2005 11:19 pm (#1669 of 2963)

You're correct...I AM sleep deprived....JUNE 29th is the correct day! I am waiting up to give her the next bottle.....and of course she is finally sleeping like a log. ZZZZZzzzzzz At least someone is getting some sleep.


Elanor - Jul 14, 2005 11:22 pm (#1670 of 2963)

Congratulations Poppy and happy birthday Marie!

Thanks for the Bastille day wishes! Actually, it was a very quiet one. To celebrate that day a French cyclist won the Tour stage, David Moncoutier, also known as "moncoucou" (mycuckoo in French) which fits him rather well since he is a bit odd, very nice but also very shy, he doesn't like being in the spotlight at all, but an artist on a bike when he wants!

I can't believe we'll have the HBP tomorrow! I was so happy when I woke up this morning! Though I have to call my brother to yell after him... I dreamt he had bought the book on a trip in Australia (???), went to see me when he came back but didn't bring the book with him, saying casually "you really want to read it? Well, maybe I'll come back later with it". I was about to explode when I woke up... Honestly!


septentrion - Jul 14, 2005 11:31 pm (#1671 of 2963)

LOL Elanor. Aren't you a bit obsessed ?

Happy birthday Marie !

Congrats Madam Poppy for being a grandmother again ! I hope everyone has recovered by now.

Mrs Sirius, you can cook whatever you want for Bastille day because there isn't a tradition for that day. As far as I know, given the lovely weather we had yesterday, I think BBQ was the main course in many families.

Only one day...My stomach twists just by the thought of it, I'm as excited as if I was going to have a job interview or else. Have a great Potter's eve everyone ! (don't remeber who came with that expression but I love it).


Elanor - Jul 15, 2005 1:41 am (#1672 of 2963)

Obsessed, me? Nah...  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 1242194059

I just wanted to tell you all there is an update on Jo's site! She finally answered the poll question! How could this day be brighter?


Marè - Jul 15, 2005 2:12 am (#1673 of 2963)

Happy early birthday Mandy! Happy belated birthday Accio Sirius, and happy belated anniversary Good Evans (did I miss any-one?)
And thanks for remembering Betty, you are a dear!

I sort of celebrated yesterday, most of my friends are always on vacation, so I don't need to buy that much food, but I wanted to bake my own pie and cakes, and seeing how I always manage to spoil one or two (forget to add sugar, throw in all the butter in front of me instead of the amount I need, etc. etc.) I decided to bake two cakes and a chocolate pie so I could ruin one and still have two left. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 464751818
Off course even though I read two recipes wrong, had no scales and couldn't manage to split the eggs in yellow and white properly, everything was still edible (and actually tasted okay). So now I have way too much pie left. Wish I could floo it to you guys, but I think I will be dropping it of at my brothers work today...


Hermy - Jul 15, 2005 3:51 am (#1674 of 2963)

Hi everyone,

This is going to be the best day. JKR updated the FAQ, I'm going to a HP party and the book will be in my hands in less than 24 hours. YEAH

Happy reading everyone. Smile



Cornelia - Jul 15, 2005 4:25 am (#1675 of 2963)

Happy belated Birthday Accio Sirius.

Happy Birthday Marè and Wendelin.

We had a nice party yesterday evening, the place was perfect for such an occasion.  And the food and drinks were directly from France, sooooo yummy!

Hope you all have a nice day!


Marie E. - Jul 15, 2005 4:55 am (#1676 of 2963)

I'm sorry, but it's Mare's birthday I think and not mine. You can save those wishes for January 3rd, though.

I can't even think straight today. It's like I have a giant countdown clock in my brain. Heehee. Now I can't believe I planned a party for tonight. All I want to do is rush over to Borders after work and camp out until midnight.


mike miller - Jul 15, 2005 4:55 am (#1677 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Mare (sorry about the missing ') and Accio Sirius!

Congratulations Madam Poppy!!!

Mandy - Amazon did have a discount on the Collector's Edition, but it was still about $40. Since my vacation plans have changed slightly, my copy will arrive after I've left for the week. I also reserved a copy at my local Barnes & Noble and will pick that one up in about 16 hours!!!


The giant squid - Jul 15, 2005 5:10 am (#1678 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Marè! With everyone offering Marie the good wishes, I was starting to wonder if Denise's time warp had caught me & we'd jumped ahead 6 months! Don't worry, Betty--it's an easy typo to make. Heck, with all the birthdays you (somehow) keep track of, I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. Here's a hug to keep ya going!



Good Evans - Jul 15, 2005 5:28 am (#1679 of 2963)

I got a little confused with the Birthdays -- so happy days to all those celebrating, and even if you are not have a lovely day anyway

madam poppy - what lovely news and such a fabulous and topical name -welcome Lily to the world made a little bit magical because of the potter universe!

I've just had coffee with a friend and we are so excited - we have gone our separate ways but will meet up again about 9pm tonight for the final countdown and the stroll for the queue at midnight.

Everyone have a great day, stay safe if you are roaming the streets at midnight and or queuing (especially pregnant ladies Denise!!!) - it is easy to fall off a curb if your nose is in a book!!!

I will speak to you all in about 9 days when we get back from our trip – don’t see me getting on here tomorrow morning - we leave about 7.00 and some of you will still be just getting your book so there will be no one to chat to anyway!!!!!

edit: I've just been on the bloomsbury site and read the back cover text - now I am really excited. I won’t post - your choice - but now I am desperate to get started on the book!!!!!


Catherine - Jul 15, 2005 5:36 am (#1680 of 2963)

Happy Birthday to Mare and Wendelin!

Congratulations to Madame Poppy.

I'm so excited I can barely stand it.

Fifteen hours....woo hoo!


Marè - Jul 15, 2005 5:49 am (#1681 of 2963)
Edited Jul 15, 2005 7:06 am

Thanks everybody! I just should have picked an easier name when I signed up Even I can't do the  '  anymore on my laptop... But I'm positive Betty was thinking of the right person because she tried to make that dreaded ' ... (Maybe I have to get rid of it...)

19 hours for me, going home in a second, I'm not sure if internet is working there, but still.. I'm going to try to read the book slowly so I'll probably see you all in a few days!

And of course a happy birthday to Wendelin and congratulations to Poppy and your daughter and granddaughter.

Enjoy enjoy!

Edit: "Mareh" would his be better... it looks weird...

Edit2: Teehee, it fell of... Okay have to go do something useful now.


Ponine - Jul 15, 2005 6:50 am (#1682 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Marè and Wendelin and congratulations Madame Poppy - I am SO jealous of all you who get to go to the bookstore today... Mine will arrive by mail tomorrow, and if it does not, I will hit my mailman with every batbogey hex and jelly legs and body bind and.. and... ACCIO HBP!!! I so happy !


Madam Pince - Jul 15, 2005 7:01 am (#1683 of 2963)

Oops -- Happy Birthday, Mare! Hope you have a wonderful day! I really think you should try "flooing" some of that pie -- if you wrap it up good in plastic wrap it shouldn't get any ashes in it!

And Madam Grandma Poppy -- what wonderful news! I know it was a long hard road for Karla (and you too!), but what a precious gift to receive at the end of it all! Welcome to little baby Lily! Best wishes to Karla and hope she recovers quickly, and hope all three of you can get lots of rest in the upcoming weeks. What a happy time!

Betty, thanks for all you do with remembering birthdays! You truly are spectacular. Don't feel bad about the typo -- I did it once with reading my own handwriting! I have two aunts -- one named Irene whose birthday is in January, and one named June whose birthday is in (naturally) June. Well, I was hurriedly checking my calendar before I went off for vacation in June so that I could do all my birthday cards before I left. My cursive capital "J" in June looked exactly like my cursive capital "I" usually looks, and the left part of the "u" looked like an "r" while the right part of the "u" looked like an "e", and then the last two letters are the same anyway. So I sent a "Happy Birthday" card to a very confused Aunt Irene in June. But at least Aunt June wasn't upset that hers was very belated.


Griffyn - Jul 15, 2005 7:13 am (#1684 of 2963)

Hi All,

I just wanted to say Hello! I have been reading this forum for awhile now and decided that once I have HBP in my hands I will participate more.

I got my premium membership today and I am ready to go! I am very excited!

I receive my book from amazon.com tomorrow (at least I am hoping too! ) And Jim Dale's CDs sometime next week!

Good luck to everyone tonight and tomorrow!

See you on the threads soon!



Delightful Task! - Jul 15, 2005 7:16 am (#1685 of 2963)

Happy birthday Mare! and happy June 15 everyone!! Now I don't regret not buying that book on Wednesday! That would have spoilt the fun! (as you said, Elanor, it would be just like knowing what's inside your Christmas present before Christmas!) Anyway Septentrion, I missed your post yesterday (I was so afraid of spoilers I didn't read any post !)... but, If you want to know, they sold HBP at Carrefour, I don't know where you live exactly, but it was in Rungis, at the Bellepine shopping centre... Now you know, but too late! hehe!!! I won't come back to this forum before the beginning of August, therefore, have wonderful holidays everyone, a wonderful reading time, I hope we'll all laugh a lot and not cry too much...! And I'm certain that when I log in again, we will have millions of questions to discuss!!!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 15, 2005 7:30 am (#1686 of 2963)

Ok, I have briefly commandeered one of my co-worker's computers to say hello and yippeeee!!!!!!

I hope everyone has a great time reading the book. Gee, by the next time I see you, I'll know who the Half-Blood Prince is.


Ydnam96 - Jul 15, 2005 7:41 am (#1687 of 2963)

I mistakenly typed Marie as well, so Happy Birthday Mare!!!!! And Happy Unbirthday to Marie Smile

Must say, I'm a little disappointed in the poll answer. Oh well. At least we have something better to look forward to Smile.

EEEEEK I didn't know the price difference would be so large. I will be sticking with the regular edition I guess.

Congrats on the new granddaughter Madam Poppy. I'm glad your daughter is okay. That must have been a scary pregnancy. I'm glad that Lilly is healthy. She has such a beautiful name.

Only 16 hours for me Smile


Stephanie M. - Jul 15, 2005 8:34 am (#1688 of 2963)

Happy Birthday everyone!!! (Too many Birthdays to name!!!) Congratulations Poppy!!! I'm very happy everything turned out fine with the difficult pregnancy

Talk to you guys soon!!! Have a wonderful time reading HBP!!!!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 15, 2005 9:01 am (#1689 of 2963)

Happy Birthday to those having birthday;s today. I'm a bit confused. Madame Poppy, congratulations!

Amelia you must be taking classes to become a Librarian. I can't think of why anyone else would need to learn MARC records. Good luck! I'm afraid cataloguing is not my strength. LPO


Gina R Snape - Jul 15, 2005 9:02 am (#1690 of 2963)


Just a few HOURS to go!

:phew: Ok, I feel better now.


Winky Woo - Jul 15, 2005 9:03 am (#1691 of 2963)

Just popped in to say hello! 7 hours left and counting! I am so excited that I am actually on the computer in work, which is something I would never do!

Thanks for the tip on pressing the Read button...It really was so liberating.

Must dash I think the dementors are coming....

Love n Mush



Finn BV - Jul 15, 2005 9:36 am (#1692 of 2963)

Happy Birthday to Marè (who is now Mare- ) and Wendelin the Weird! Congratulations Grandma Poppy. Welcome, Griffyn!

I have to say, I was looking forward to these hours before, but now I am really excited. Big difference.

Thankfully I got some sleep last night or otherwise I wouldn't be able to stay awake tonight…

As Loopy would say… W00T!!!!!!


Eponine - Jul 15, 2005 9:40 am (#1693 of 2963)

Tonight tonight tonight tonight tonight!!!!!!!!!!!

So, does anybody have plans for this weekend?


Dragonesss - Jul 15, 2005 10:10 am (#1694 of 2963) Reply
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7 hours? Arrgghhhh, it’s 14 for me! I’m sooooo desperate I’m reading everything that has letter “H” or “P” in it! Here is another pitiful newspaper that fancies itself as reliable source of information - Oakland Tribune features a picture of scruffy looking boy on the front page. He’s wearing Harry’s glasses, all right. Apparently, artist did see the movie (or just a trailer), but cannot tell Harry from Neville. Boy on the picture has grayish-blue eyes and light brown hair. Later in same article there is a report of pretty cool celebration in San Mateo where a courtyard around the bookstore will be transformed into“ Hogsmead”. One restaurant is going to call itself ”Hogwards Dining Room” and another one will be “Madam Pudifoot’s”.

Pudifoot, can you imagine?! Muggles... Oh well, I’m sure they’re doing their best...


Good Evans - Jul 15, 2005 10:16 am (#1695 of 2963)

I'm watching the news - lots of lovely piccies of witches and wizards camped out in front of bookshops, excellent!!! Its been such a hot day i really admire them - I will apparate about 11.00, that’s early enough for me!

five and three quarter hours left for UK!!


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 15, 2005 10:17 am (#1696 of 2963)

Yayyy, my water pump is going to be fixed. I should have water before the end of the day. (nearly 24 hours without water, yuuckkk).

My kids are on playdates with various kind neighbors, so I have no kids right now. So tonight when I go for my HBP, I will have a clear conscience of doing my homemaker/mommy/ duties and I can read in peace.

Every now and then I find I have a big smile on my face, it's because there are left. Happy reading!

!!!10 HOURS 46 minutes!!!!


Dragonesss - Jul 15, 2005 10:19 am (#1697 of 2963) Reply
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Here is a good one from New York Times: "The boys and girls at the Kennolyn Camps in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains in California will get a most unusual wake-up call on Saturday. Roused from their beds at 6:30 a.m., more than an hour earlier than usual, they will be marched to a campfire meeting, served hot chocolate from a bubbling cauldron and read the first chapter of the new Harry Potter novel by counselors dressed as characters from that popular series."



Good Evans - Jul 15, 2005 10:22 am (#1698 of 2963)

Oh excellent dragoness - what a fabulous way of waking up! trouble is I'd want to read the rest !!!


Gina R Snape - Jul 15, 2005 10:23 am (#1699 of 2963)

That's soooo cool!

Oh. I read on TLC that Jason Isaacs will be at a Borders in Rhode Island tonight. Any Rhode Islanders on the board here who might go and see him?


Stephanie M. - Jul 15, 2005 11:11 am (#1700 of 2963)

Finn, I'm glad you got to sleep!

I had a sleep over the night before and last night I slept in my bed, but I'm still SOOO tired!!! I went to bed last night around 1:30 A.M. and woke up around 7 because there was a garbage truck that made a lot of noise and then there was too much sun in my room to fall back to sleep. But I'll be up at Midnight!! I am NOT a morning person! I always go to sleep around 1 AM. During the school year I usually go to sleep around midnight. So I can definitely pull and All Nighter I'm sleeping over at my cousin's apartment and we are going to read HBP all night and we'll keep each other awake.
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Elanor - Jul 15, 2005 11:45 am (#1701 of 2963)

Happy birthday Marè!

I think that in 12 hours (if the post office is fast) or in 16 hours (if it doesn't come and I have to go to the next town to buy another one) the HBP will be in my trembling hands! But tonight, I will think a lot of you who will be out at Midnight and I'll be with you by thought!

I've just realised that today was my first forum anniversary, I can't believe it's been a year already! I'm so glad and honoured I've met you all, you guys are the best! (((((((HUG)))))))


Gina R Snape - Jul 15, 2005 11:52 am (#1702 of 2963)

Happy Forumversary, Elanor!


Ms Amanda - Jul 15, 2005 12:40 pm (#1703 of 2963)

Just wanted to drop in and say hello to everyone! Congratulations and Birthday wishes to all who need them!

Have a wonderful weekend reading!

I'm so excited about the changes Kip has promised. I'll be back in a week or more to find out what everyone has said.

Bye for now! May you all stay safe and happy until I return, and undisturbed until you finish reading!


Snuffles - Jul 15, 2005 1:22 pm (#1704 of 2963)


Just wanted to say, happy reading everyone and I hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy birthday to anyone I have missed.

I hope that everyone's favourite character is still with us by the end of book 6!

WOO HOO!! I am so excited. I feel about 8 years old on Christmas Eve.



Lina  - Jul 15, 2005 2:05 pm (#1705 of 2963)

Madam Poppy, I'm sorry your daughter had to go through so much trouble, but I'm sure it will be forgotten soon. Congratulations!

Happy almost belated birthday Mare!

Hello, Griffin!


Chemyst - Jul 15, 2005 2:21 pm (#1706 of 2963)

Congratulations Madam Poppy!!! and a speedy recovery to your daughter.
Happy Birthday, Marè!

The big count-down poster that they'd stuck in a niche between the vending machines and the hair salon had disappeared when I went into Walmart this morning. At first I'd thought maybe they'd moved it to a more prominent space, but no.  Maybe someone nicked it.


timrew - Jul 15, 2005 2:59 pm (#1707 of 2963)

Hi all! I'm looking forward to getting my book delivered in the morning via Amazon.

However, for all of you UK members, there is a programme on Channel 3 (TV) at 11.45pm tonight, called, "Harry Potter At The Castle - Magic At Midnight", in which JKR will give the first public reading from the new book, to 70 kids. It's on for about half-an-hour.


Finn BV - Jul 15, 2005 3:19 pm (#1708 of 2963)

Hey, speaking of Forumversaries, this is my 3-month-versary! Woohoo!

Don't expect that many of you Brits to be online right now… after all you've only got 45 minutes.

**wishes he was in the UK right now**

Well for me it's just 5 hours more than all you's over there, so… oh, not much to say, is there.

Oh, I got player of the day at tennis today, for the second time this week (I guess I just forgot to mention it on Tuesday ), plus a nomination on Wednesday. Apparently my hard work is paying off. I thought I was too excited for HBP I wasn't playing as hard, but clearly that was not the case.


Catherine - Jul 15, 2005 3:38 pm (#1709 of 2963)

Woo hoo!

I got my wristband from Barnes and Noble, and it appears that I will be in the first group of people called to get in line. I'm #6.

We're all just so excited at our house.

: waves to everyone :


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 15, 2005 3:44 pm (#1710 of 2963)

I just got back from Barnes and Noble, too. My numbers are around 60, so I shouldn't have a long wait. And I found a casual fan friend to go with me.

Congrats, Madam Poppy.

Edit: Enjoy the book, everyone.


Phreaker - Jul 15, 2005 3:52 pm (#1711 of 2963)

I grabbed Kowalla and Shepherdess numbers 6 & 7 at Barnes and Noble at 10 am this morning, so we won't be there long at ALL. I finally finished book 5, so I am ready for HBP myself. I am also ready to see the new "rules" for the forum, and I am surprised that no changes have been made yet. Enjoy the BOOK!!!!


The giant squid - Jul 15, 2005 4:05 pm (#1712 of 2963)

Happy Forumversaries, Elanor & Finn!

Still 8 hours to go on the west coast...even worse since I'm working until 1AM so my copy is coming via Amazon.com. They promise it'll be delivered no later than 7PM tomorrow.

This'll probably be the last time I "see" you guys for a week & a half--after the craziness of this weekend, I'm going on vacation from the 18th to the 25th, and will have little to no computer access. At least that'll help me avoid spoilers!


EDIT: Just saw Kip's "read this first" addition at the top of the page. Y'all weren't kidding when you said it'd be hard to miss!


timrew - Jul 15, 2005 4:15 pm (#1713 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Jul 15, 2005 5:02 pm

The Chapter JKR read was Chapter 6, I think it was.........

Edit I removed minor plot information. Tim, sorry but that is considered a spoiler. Please read the top of the Forum where the guidelines are located about posting spoilers. They may ONLY be posted in the HBP folder, not on the main Forum. Thanks! Denise P.


Ydnam96 - Jul 15, 2005 5:09 pm (#1714 of 2963)

I'm off to Barnes and Noble to get my wrist band. My flyer says they start handing them out at 6pm. Once we get there we have 6 hours to burn, it's too far away to come back home. Oh well...

I'm kinda nervous!


Madam Pince - Jul 15, 2005 5:22 pm (#1715 of 2963)

I think I'm having palpitations....it will take several minutes for my heart rate to get back down to normal.

Excitement over HBP? No. Kip's big red letters at the top of my screen when I logged back onto the Forum nearly scared me to death! Ha-ha!


Denise P. - Jul 15, 2005 5:23 pm (#1716 of 2963)

See? Told ya that it would be impossible to miss


Madam Pince - Jul 15, 2005 6:01 pm (#1717 of 2963)

Denise, are you taking your whole brood with you to the store to pick up your copy of HBP? I'm just envisioning this Mama Duck with the preceding belly marching into the store followed by all her little Ducklings.....


Denise P. - Jul 15, 2005 6:04 pm (#1718 of 2963)

I would rather poke my eyes out with a dull pencil than to take all of them with me! I am going solo, leaving here about 15 minutes before midnight and getting my book. I plan to be back no later than 12:30. Everyone will be asleep, my oldest has my cell number and a neighbor has been alerted that I will be out of the house for a short period of time. The oldest has watched them for short periods like this before or I would have called in a babysitter (which would turn into a 2 hour thing because I would have to go get her and then drop her back off) I can only imagine how creepy the 2 and 4 year old would be if I got them up to come with me...


Catherine - Jul 15, 2005 6:08 pm (#1719 of 2963)

This mama just got back from the release party. I've brought the kids home, and I will go back at midnight to pick up my book.

I was a total insufferable know-it-all tonight. One of the employees who painted faces kept making completely incorrect statements until finally Claire and I corrected her. She called the Snitch the "stitch" three times until Claire finally couldn't take it any more and said, "Excuse me, it's the Snitch!"

Claire got a Ravenclaw painted on the side of her face, and the lady said, "I'm a Hufflepuff myself." Claire asked her why, and she said, "Because Cho is a Hufflepuff." That's when I said, "Actually, Cho is a Ravenclaw." I don't think she believed me.

I was interviewed by a reporter tonight, so I've probably been outed as a Harry Potter fan if he publishes anything I said. I think he picked me because Claire and Hayley were being a little too wild with the wands they made, and I said, 'Quit duelling in the aisle."

I think I need to get the cold compress out.


Saralinda Again - Jul 15, 2005 6:11 pm (#1720 of 2963)

I'm going to my party with three other adults, nobody under 31 (or over 60, for that matter)! Not a chance any of us will be able to dismiss our interest as "for the kids." Kevster put Hogwarts Express signs on all sides of the van in 250 pt Harry-Potter font. We have two backup book lights, since we'll be reading to each other all the way home (taking the long way).


Loopy Lupin - Jul 15, 2005 7:06 pm (#1721 of 2963)

Claire got a Ravenclaw painted on the side of her face, and the lady said, "I'm a Hufflepuff myself." Claire asked her why, and she said, "Because Cho is a Hufflepuff." That's when I said, "Actually, Cho is a Ravenclaw." I don't think she believed me. – Catherine

NERD!!!! Ha ha. Who am I kidding? I have relented and will get my book tonight after all. I will, however, head out around midnight. Hopefully some hoopla will have died down by the time I get there.


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 15, 2005 8:12 pm (#1722 of 2963)

Well, I'm off to get my 600 lbs. elephant. Happy reading to you all.



Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 15, 2005 8:17 pm (#1723 of 2963)

I still have 2 hours and 43 minutes! Oh well. not long now... LPO


Penny Lane. - Jul 15, 2005 11:17 pm (#1724 of 2963)

Turns out my original plan to spend under $15 for my book didn't work. I ended up paying full price at a bookstore, with $10 of it going to the Children's Hospital. I supposed I don't really mind, as it is going to a good cause, and I was able to give everyone who was hanging out with me (*waves to Pottermom*) Galleons to play with. Last time they did the galleon thing and I ended up bringing some home, so it was wonderful to be able to use them all for once. We made wands and hats and got face painted. We also tried some butterbeer (a rather nasty blend of ginger-ale and what tasted like butterscotch). All and all, a rather enjoyable night. Oh, I also won a door prize of a HP Journal, Posterbook, calendar, and coloring book. Fun times.

After I got my book, a semi-potterfan friend and I went to a coffee shop where we took turns reading to each other. I don't think our waitress appreciated that much, as she kept apologizing for interrupting and pointed us out to the other waitresses, who gave us funny looks.


Lina  - Jul 15, 2005 11:33 pm (#1725 of 2963)

Happy birthday Mandy!


Elanor - Jul 15, 2005 11:47 pm (#1726 of 2963)

Happy birthday Mandy!

Well, after spending the night tossing and turning in my sleep, I am sitting next to the window, waiting anxiously for the postman to bring me my copy... He'd better hurry up... before I begin practicing hexes on him...

I hope everyone going to parties had some fun! Big hug to everyone still waiting for it! Good holidays to those leaving today!

And, of course, happy reading to all!

EDIT: I have it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is the UK adult edition and it is beautiful! I am so excited that my hands are shaking.


dizzy lizzy - Jul 16, 2005 12:12 am (#1727 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Mandy!

I hope you enjoy your day very much.

I am so glad to hear you have your book Elanor. I spent 5 precious minutes just looking at the book and just grinning to myself.



septentrion - Jul 16, 2005 1:03 am (#1728 of 2963)

Happy birthday Mandy !

My book was in my hands at 8:00 am. I really couldn't have had it earlier in a shop.  I've read the 1st chapter and I'm already beyond thrilled. Have a good reading everybody !


Ponine - Jul 16, 2005 3:46 am (#1729 of 2963)

Happy birthday Mandy - ENJOY!! I am going crazy here, it is currently 12:44pm my time, and the mailman has STILL not arrived - I am wasting valuable time here.... :devastated: I have waited for this for seemingly a millenium, if that books does not show up at my doorstep pretty soon, I will bust like a slug.... (everyone together: Accio HBP to Norway)


Ponine - Jul 16, 2005 4:40 am (#1730 of 2963)



Detail Seeker - Jul 16, 2005 4:48 am (#1731 of 2963)

Now, for the penultimate time, I will be able to read a brand new Harry Potter Book, as the post delivered at nearly 13:00 my time. So, have a nice time reading everybody - and good dicussions in the appropriate folder.


Madame Librarian - Jul 16, 2005 6:24 am (#1732 of 2963)

Whew! Finally we can read!

Lest we worry about this being one book from the last one, take a look at this quote I just noticed from the March 2004 World Book Day Chat:

Tanya J Potter: If you could change anything about Harry Potter what would it be? JK Rowling replies -> There are loads of things I would change. I don't think any writer is ever completely happy with what they've written. One of these days - once seven is finished - I'll revise all seven books.

So...we can look forward to many years of analysis and discussion. However, note that phrase, "...One of these days...." Ah, well, I can't imagine that anything huge would change.

Happy reading, everyone!

Ciao. Barb


Catherine - Jul 16, 2005 6:36 am (#1733 of 2963)

Whew, what an evening.

I overslept this morning, but I did finish the book in the wee hours last night.

I was quoted in this morning's paper in an article about parents and children and Harry Potter:


What was very cute is that Claire's friend from preschool and her mom are quoted too.

Harry Potter makes a small world.

Happy reading, and Cheers!


dizzy lizzy - Jul 16, 2005 6:41 am (#1734 of 2963)

Way to go Catherine! It was very quiet at my bookshop. There isn't that much atmosphere at 9am on a chilly winter’s morning. I only had to wait 5 min.



Madam Pince - Jul 16, 2005 6:58 am (#1735 of 2963)

My guests are here.

My book is not.

I'm watching the number of posts in the "spoiler" thread inexorably climb.

*****Bangs head slowly against the wall in anguish****


Eponine - Jul 16, 2005 7:04 am (#1736 of 2963)

I've finished the book, and I am quite pleased.

Our bookstore was crazy. There were well over 500 people there. Luckily, we got our books within 15 minutes of midnight and were on our way home soon after that.

We saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last night also. I love Freddie Highmore. I just want to put him in my pocket and take him home with me. He's just so cute he breaks your heart. I really enjoyed the movie. They stayed very close to the book except for some added backstory on Willy Wonka's childhood. I felt that it was true to the spirit of Dahl's work, and I liked it. The movie is beautiful. The visuals were just incredible.

Well, off to discuss the book.


Ydnam96 - Jul 16, 2005 10:35 am (#1737 of 2963)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I'm taking a short break from my reading. WOW. Last night was crazy. The bookstore was PACKED they had over 500 people who had pre-ordered. I don't know how many just came to get the book. I left at 1:10 with a friend who had not pre-ordered and she was in the first batch of 20 who got to go who had not preordered the book. So 500 people in about an hour is pretty good I guess!

Okay, off to read and get ready for my birthday lunch.

Have soooo much fun reading everyone! Yay.


Marie E. - Jul 16, 2005 12:08 pm (#1738 of 2963)

We had a little Potter party here at the house last night until 8:30 then some of us headed over to Borders. My friend Nikki helped run a discussion group and a trivia game. I came in third in the trivia contest, which was cool. We did run over to B&N to get our pictures taken in a book cutout they had and ran back to Borders at 11:50. I had numbers 43 and 44 so I was in the line with the first 50 to get their books. I admit to squealing when the dolly with book boxes went past me. I got home at 1:00am and stayed up till 3:00am reading, slept till 7:30 then read until 11:00. I'm not tired yet, but I'm sure it will hit me soon.


timrew - Jul 16, 2005 3:05 pm (#1739 of 2963)

Well, I've got my book and I'm taking my time with it. So far I've only got to page 80! So for the time being, this is the only thread I'm going to visit.

I did hear that Tesco's (one of the UK's top supermarket chains) was selling the book at £4.99, but only for a couple of days, and only to kids under 15 years old.

My son said that instead of kids hanging around outside Tesco's asking adults going in to buy them cigarettes or alcohol, you'll have adults hanging around outside, asking the kids to buy them The Half Blood Prince!  :goofygrin:

I can just see some checkout girl asking a kid, "How come this is the fifth Harry Potter book you've bought today?"


Chemyst - Jul 16, 2005 5:16 pm (#1740 of 2963)

Wow, between this chat thread and the new spoilers folder I'm faced with over 300 posts! Our weather this morning was a lot like the July weather described in the opening chapters. Coincidence? ...or awesome marketing scheme?

That was a nice article, Catherine. Although I don't for a moment believe you were joking about "Totally for me," as your motivation for going to the party. And if you're ever interviewed again, be sure to tell the reporter Lexicon is spelled L - E - X - I - C - O - N , because you may not want to be associated with some lesser quality forums. :silly grin:

£4.99 is about $8.75 USD. I had to check, Tim. Around here there are price wars and most stores are selling at 40% off list, or about 17.99 USD or 10.27 GBP


timrew - Jul 16, 2005 5:18 pm (#1741 of 2963)

That's right, Chemyst!


Amilia Smith - Jul 16, 2005 5:25 pm (#1742 of 2963)

I can just see some checkout girl asking a kid, "How come this is the fifth Harry Potter book you've bought today?"

LOL Tim!

Well, my Potter experiences sound pretty much like everybody else's. I had coerced my brother into calling me and telling me what Harry's grades were, so I kept glaring at my phone, willing it to ring starting 8:00 my time (12:00 Utah). He didn't call until 10:30. After which, I got on my bike and headed out for Borders. (Have you ever read the silly warning stickers they put on bikes? Don't ride at night. Don't ride in the rain. Hello??? How else am I supposed to get my new Potter book? Honestly!) I got my book, got home by 1:15, popped some popcorn, and started reading. Occasionally punctuated by calls to my brother to compare notes, which were rather frustrating as he was considerably farther along than I, but very opposed to spoilers (hence the afore-mentioned coercion). So he kept trying to say things, stopping himself, and leaving me in a dither of curiosity.

I am finding the thing I enjoy most is seeing which things we guessed right, which we guessed wrong, and what we had no idea was coming.

I'm only about half way through, but I know I will not be able to wait until Monday to discuss with you all here, and I am still confined to library computers. So I am off to the spoiler threads. :-)


Edit: Argh! I keep hitting the wrong button at the bottom of the page and being sent back to the main forum rather than the spoiler folder. . . .


Catherine - Jul 16, 2005 5:57 pm (#1743 of 2963)

LOL, Chemyst.

I really tried to give this nice guy a good head's up.

I'm just happy that he didn't misquote me further.

I told him, over and over, to look up things as reference, to go to the HP Lexicon.

I told him that I was a member of the Lex Discussion Group, and encouraged him to seek the HP Lex so as to research his article.

If I'd had a half-chance, I would have made his editor capitalize the "S's" in "Sorcerer's Stone."

Obviously, he did not take my advice!


septentrion - Jul 17, 2005 12:05 am (#1744 of 2963)

I've finished the book at the cost of a sleepless night. I really feel overwhelmed by what I had read and it disturbs my breakfast this morning : I can't eat anything, which is unusual for me, most unusual. It must have happened once in the last 20 years ! even the day of my wedding I could eat breakfast !

Everyone has a good reading, I think you won't regret it !


Marè - Jul 17, 2005 2:05 am (#1745 of 2963)

Well I came quite a long way into the book, decided I was going too fast and have started again in the beginning, this time taking notes. I must say, even with half a book read, I notice a lot more things in the reread.

I can't wait to finish it and see what kind of things I anticipated wrong!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 17, 2005 8:49 am (#1746 of 2963)

Well I'm finished. Whew!

As I indicated above, I did break down and hit the Barnes and Noble around 12:30. Totally packed, but as I had reserved a copy I had me a yellow wristband. (The 12:00 midnight thing is new to me; I'm sure it's old hat to most of you.) I felt bad for all the second class citizens with orange wristbands. I got my book and cds in about 30 minutes. I only read about 3 hours, got some sleep, and left to drive home around 10:00 a.m. Jim Dale read a good hunk of the book to me for the next 5 hours. I took my time the rest of the way through (I was interrupted here and there of course by the need to speak with and visit my parents who -  for those who don't remember -  are celebrating, inconsiderately, their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend) and am finally done.

Well, happy reading to everyone else and it's off to peak at the spoiler threads.


Ydnam96 - Jul 17, 2005 10:02 am (#1747 of 2963)

Catherine, well done on the newspaper quote! Although, the writer did make a few mistakes (maybe only us Pottys would notice- but McGonagal is not the deputy head master)

So any news on whether JK has started writing book seven? Cause I can't wait another few years. It will kill me!


timrew - Jul 17, 2005 3:11 pm (#1748 of 2963)

I've still got about 100 pages to go!

In an interview on UK TV tonight, JKR said she would not start writing book 7 until the start of 2006. So I don't expect the book until about 2008-2009!


azi - Jul 17, 2005 3:23 pm (#1749 of 2963)

That long? That long for my next, although possibly final, Harry Potter fix? Oh dear. Perhaps I should have read slower. My brother reads slowly, so slow he fell asleep reading chapter 4 in the car today...I am not happy! He's 16, so therefore has no excuse!

Only one of my friends has so far finished the book. I am surprised by that, I thought I would be behind by reading it during Saturday rather than from midnight!

Wow, the weather in the UK is scorching! I've been wearing factor 30 suncream all day and still burnt! Which isn't very nice.

Everyone have a good day/night!


Penny Lane. - Jul 17, 2005 4:12 pm (#1750 of 2963)

I just read on TLC that she would be starting book 7 at the end of this year.. so we should probably be prepared to wait another 2 years.
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TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 17, 2005 5:43 pm (#1751 of 2963)

Finished reading, re-reading parts, and still not sure how I feel. The term I have seen most I can identify with is "unsettled".

Meanwhile, we had a great time at the release party! and


Doris Crockford - Jul 17, 2005 6:52 pm (#1752 of 2963)

Well, I've finished reading the book a second time through, and I'm home from the cottage, so I can post my thoughts more.

TBE, looks like you guys had fun getting dressed up- I love the hats!

Something cool happened this weekend. While I was at the cottage, we went swimming, and a family of ducks came up near us (no doubt hoping for food). They actually came right up to me- I could have reached out and touched them. It was sooo cute, and you could still see the fuzz they have when they're young.

Oh, you guys will never believe what the guy at the bookstore said when I picked up my book. I was the only one there when the bookstore opened (which surprised me as all the copies of the book had been pre-ordered), and after he gave me the book, a bookmark, a lightning bolt tattoo, and some other cool HP stuff, he actually asked me what I was going to do that day! Honestly, what did he think? I had been in the store the day before, checking the earliest time I could get my book, and was the first one there in the morning! What else would I have done?


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 17, 2005 7:02 pm (#1753 of 2963)

In an interview on UK TV tonight, JKR said she would not start writing book 7 until the start of 2006. So I don't expect the book until about 2008-2009! Tim

I wouldn't mind that. I discovered in the last couple of days that I like reading people's theories, predictions and opinions about the books as much, if not more, than the books themselves. I hope we have several years to try to figure it all out, only to be proved wrong once again.


Solitaire - Jul 17, 2005 9:02 pm (#1754 of 2963)

Well, we do have Goblet of Fire movie coming out sometime in the next six months, correct? Perhaps we may even have the OotP movie in the interim. We will certainly need fixes, and all of the inaccuracies in the movies should give us plenty about which to speculate and complain! hehe



The giant squid - Jul 17, 2005 9:02 pm (#1755 of 2963)

Color me cranky... First, Amazon e-mails me telling me the book's coming UPS (tracking number & everything). Then, after waiting all day, we finally go run some necessary errands. We return to find no book on our doorstep still. So I walk down to get the mail, and lo & behold, there's the box from Amazon, sent USPS... Unfortunately, it arrived just in time for me to leave for work.

So I spend all night waiting to go home so I can crack open the book. I arrive home at 1AM only to find the wife sprawled out on the couch, fully engrossed. She ended up staying up until 3 reading, at which point I went to bed, having to work this morning as well. Once I got home, there were more errands (you're never busier than the day before a trip), packing, etc. and here it is 9PM the day after HBP came out & I still haven't read it!  :mad:

Mrs. Squid assures me it'll be all mine for the plane ride, though, as long as she gets the window seat. Done!



Marie E. - Jul 17, 2005 9:29 pm (#1756 of 2963)

You better have it done before I see you Friday, squidboy. Heehee. I'm looking forward to discussing it with you, Mrs. Squid, Auntie Squid, cousin Squid...wait, they can't all be squids.


Lina  - Jul 17, 2005 10:43 pm (#1757 of 2963)

TBE, those are wonderful pictures!

Azi, you shouldn't be so hard on your brother. Some people need to process their reading before they continue. Not everybody is like most of the Forum members.

I haven't got my book yet. I didn't feel like taking a two hour trip to be at the 1 a. m. party (the nearest place to my town that has the book in the store). I found out that it would not bother me so much if I were not on the Forum. I'm trying not to read spoilers and just seeing the number of posts on the spoiler thread and reading your non spoiling posts is driving me insane.

I bought the English edition of the OotP a month later than it was published, when I found out that it will not be coming to my town soon, and I managed to survive that month much easier than these few days because I had nobody who would be more up to date with HP then me at that time...

And I have a birthday coming now (in a week), I have to do some cakes, some cleaning, I'm afraid that there is no sleeping waiting for me. My husband's sister called Saturday, saying that she could buy the book now and if it would be O.K. if that would be my birthday present from her. My husband had to explain her that I have already decided that it would be his birthday present for me...


TwinklingBlueEyes - Jul 17, 2005 10:55 pm (#1758 of 2963)

Thank you Mike for reminding me! Ordered deluxe edition from Amazon, be here ON 16th or money back! Guess what didn't get here? They shipped UPS, and UPS doesn't work our area on Saturdays. They answered my email, fine book didn't make it, assured will get on Monday, credit card refunded $17.99!

Counted to TEN very SLOWLY... Exhaled and sent them a reply. Houston we have a problem! Deluxe edition is $42.00, thank you very much.

...toddles off with bated breath...

Whew! Sure glad I went to party and got my more inexpensive book, and my good one is free! Thank you potions that work, cause my wand sure doesn't!


Madam Pince - Jul 18, 2005 11:21 am (#1759 of 2963)

I'm so excited! My visitors have gone home, Mr. Pince is at work, and I have my book and the house to myself! Yippee! Yippee! I've read the first couple chapters and am preparing to immerse myself!

****Takes deep breath and disappears for the next eight hours or so...****

Edit: Ack!!! 1373 posts on the spoilers thread!!! Oh, dear...dear, dear, dear!


Amilia Smith - Jul 18, 2005 11:27 am (#1760 of 2963)

Very little non-Harry happened to me this weekend. Here's the sum up:

1) Saw a tiny 2 inch lizard crawling up my wall.
2) Burned the potatoes I was boiling due to inattention (OK, so maybe that was Harry related).
3) Learned Dewey Decimal Classification.



Detail Seeker - Jul 18, 2005 1:05 pm (#1761 of 2963)

This refers to the Introduction thread:
Leviosa, of course you are remembered. Sei wieder willkommen hier!


timrew - Jul 18, 2005 1:38 pm (#1762 of 2963)

Wow! I just finished it. What a da**ed fine read that was!

Now I can catch up on the Spoilers!


Marè - Jul 18, 2005 1:40 pm (#1763 of 2963)

I remember you too Leviosa! Welcome back!

And off course a very warm welcome to all the new members and all the members who have been around but just decided to start posting. Hope you all like it here as much as we do!


Catherine - Jul 18, 2005 1:45 pm (#1764 of 2963)

It was a scorcher today--my car thermometer said it reached 100 degrees F!


I busied myself indoors reading the Forum and sorting books for the Humane Society book sale. I probably have nearly 1000 books in my dining room. Mr. Catherine seems somewhat unhappy about this development. My fascination with the HbP has kept me from "filching" the donated books!

The fundraising chair of the Humane Society told me that this number of books is not nearly good enough, although we still have almost three weeks to go until the sale. One of the volunteers has (supposedly) double the number of books I have, so maybe it will be OK.

Hope everyone has enjoyed their day.

Congrats to Madame Pince for finally getting to read the book, and welcome back to Leviosa! Welcome to all new members and returning members.


Ponine - Jul 18, 2005 3:11 pm (#1765 of 2963)

Hi guys!! In the light of recent events, I could not bear to be hindered by ten posts a day... So now I can type my little heart out see my shiny star?!?! Not to mention show off my puppy :practically bursting: I am still digesting my new book, but am finding it increasingly hard to re-read with all the posts that crop up - maybe those who stay clear of the forum for a while have a point...


Dragonesss - Jul 18, 2005 4:38 pm (#1766 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jul 18, 2005 4:39 pm

Madam Pince, I’d like to thank you for sending me a Chapter list. Even if it turns out to be ... hmmm... well... you know... a little inaccurate... I did enjoy your speculations and it definitely helped me to live thru the two longest days of my life.

And for those who has cable “on-demand” - GoF trailer is now available. (Warning! It’s shockingly short and doesn’t make waiting for movie easier)


Ydnam96 - Jul 18, 2005 5:03 pm (#1767 of 2963)

Hey all!

We've slowed way down on the chat thread, you would think everyone has something else to do Wink

I've finished my second read through, much slower and paid more attention to detail this time. I want to read it again...but I told a friend she could borrow it. ((Slams head against table.)) WHY did I do that?? Oh well...If I had read it three times in three days people might think I was a little bit wierd.

I'm off tomorrow for a work retreat. Well, it's not really a retreat in that it's all vacation. We're going away (up to Big Bear Lake) and staying in a cabin, but we will be doing work while we are there. Less distractions when there are no phones, tv, or computers. Smile So I'll be gone for a few days.

Have fun all!


Finn BV - Jul 18, 2005 5:31 pm (#1768 of 2963)

Yes, Mandy, the Chat thread certainly has slowed down, but how the Tell about yourself (new) thread has thrived! We've certainly had at least 20-30 new members in the past three days. Welcome all!

I need a desperate reread as well, still confused about that chapter "The Cave" – better check out what we have to say in the Spoiler Folder.

Ponine, congrats on the Premium membership! (That star sure is pretty. )I, too, feel that 10 posts a day doesn't quite cut it (I've been posting sparingly so I make sure I don't run out), and my friend Stephanie (that's Stephanie M. on the forum) felt that she should buy me a membership too as an early b-day present. I've told her it's not necessary, but… seems she's going to go through with it. Thanks, Steph!


Marie E. - Jul 18, 2005 5:48 pm (#1769 of 2963)

It was a blissful 76 today. What's in store for tomorrow you ask? Why, 100 scorching degrees, that's what!! I am really not a "hot" kind of person. I'm more of a 72 degrees kind of person.

I confess to inadvertently making my daughter Shayla cry at my Harry party last Friday night. We still haven't buried my kitty so she's been in our garage freezer. I said we could hang her up and she could be Mrs. Norris in her petrified state-just as Shayla walked in from outside. I feel very bad about it now, but at the time it was very funny. We are burying her before we go on vacation.

I went to the teacher supply store today and bought some back to school goodies. My sister thinks I'm odd to get excited about it. I bought a new record/attendence book, some mulit-colored blank flash cards, and apple print name tags. In February, remind me about how excited I was for school to start.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 18, 2005 5:55 pm (#1770 of 2963)

Congrats, Ponine, on becoming a Premium member.

Dragoness, I saw a trailer for GoF on Friday when I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I thought it was too short, as well. I didn't care for the movie, either.

fbv, I didn't know you and Stephanie M were friends in real life, although I did suspect when she threatened to chop off your legs. Congrats on the early birthday present.


Finn BV - Jul 18, 2005 6:31 pm (#1771 of 2963)

…although I did suspect when she threatened to chop off your legs. –Vlad[

That would give it a way, wouldn't it? You spoke with Dumbledore's wisdom, Vlad. Sounded exactly like him.

And how come I'm the only one who went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without seeing the GoF trailer?


Denise P. - Jul 18, 2005 6:36 pm (#1772 of 2963)

Marie, Mrs Norris...hee hee hee....sorry, I would have to laugh as well (but keep it away from the kiddies)


Stephanie M. - Jul 18, 2005 7:51 pm (#1773 of 2963)

Hey everyone!!!!! All I have so say is OH MY GOSH concerning book 6. I can't believe we have to wait now!!!. (I hope I can say that! If I can't, someone can take it out of this post?)

LOL. Yeah Finn and I are friends. I have to get you that membership soon!!! You're not going to be able to last on the 10 posts per day! And that really did sound like Dumbledor!!!

I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without the GOF preview too! And it was at the same movie theater that had it for another movie! I was very upset my that!!!


Chemyst - Jul 18, 2005 8:56 pm (#1774 of 2963)

Marie, I'm so sorry about Shayla having to walk in on that comment, but.... . . . . . BWAHAHAHA!

Sam, Finn, or Stephanie, how did you like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? I was looking forward to that movie until I saw some of the advertising. Now I'm not sure I want to go. ( I don't think ads are supposed to work like that.)

Well, my daughter is stranded in Pittsburgh tonight. It's the first time she's traveled alone and she's had the worst luck. A flight delay in Boston, two missed connections, and they lost her luggage. It could be in Chicago, but it was supposed to be in Atlanta an hour ago. Now, can anyone explain this to me: She is standing at the airline counter, in person, of course, at the place where they are supposed to help their customers, and they give her an 800 number? What can the people on the phone do that the ones at the counter cannot, other than put her on hold?


Denise P. - Jul 18, 2005 9:09 pm (#1775 of 2963)

I will weigh in on the Charlie front. I think some movies are just better left alone than to update and remake them. The original movie with Gene Wilder is a classic. I also admit freely that I am one of the few people in the world who is not overly fond of Johnny Depp and the few ads I have seen for this movie make him seem really creepy. Ewww! I will probably see the remake...on DVD.

Now, I am looking forward to Serenity and Narnia


Alex Thorpe - Jul 19, 2005 3:18 am (#1776 of 2963)

Hey all. Just thought I'd say "I'm new".


Lina  - Jul 19, 2005 3:54 am (#1777 of 2963)

Hello Alex!

The book has finally come. I didn't succeed to talk Katarina into reading PS/SS in English, she is reading HBP now...

I have only the Forum to blame for it...


Marè - Jul 19, 2005 5:23 am (#1778 of 2963)

Welcome Alex! I'm looking forward to reading more about you.

And enjoy the read Lina. I gave in and spent the better part of the night reading.... I've finished it.


Alex Thorpe - Jul 19, 2005 5:45 am (#1779 of 2963)

Hmm. Not only have I caved in and joined a new forum when I haven't got the time to, but I've paid to be allowed to post more than 10 times! Deary me.


Snuffles - Jul 19, 2005 5:58 am (#1780 of 2963)

Welcome Alex! I noticed on your second line of info you have put British New Member. I don't think there was any need, I think there is only us Brits that would say Deary me! Lol It's a bit like saying Woopsy Daisy! Aah! such Britishisms!!!!!!!


Stephanie M. - Jul 19, 2005 8:12 am (#1781 of 2963)

Charlie and the Chocolate was really good. It wasn't as good as the first but it was a little different. Johnny Depp was really good, kinda freaky though, and I don't even like Johnny Depp that much! I like Orlando Bloom more...

Off to have lunch with my cousin!


bugggirl - Jul 19, 2005 8:21 am (#1782 of 2963)

Hey there, just wanted to pop in and say I'm new too! Actually, I've been reading you all for a year now but of course had to jump in to discuss HBP. My husband is pretty good about listening to me but he wants to read the book too now! Anyway, I probably won't post more that 10 times because my children bug me for stuff. You know.....food, clothes, attention. I'm such a bad mother! (wink wink) Bugg


azi - Jul 19, 2005 8:33 am (#1783 of 2963)

Welcome all newbies! Is 'deary me' really a British saying? Saying that, I was looking on the Lexicon and I can't believe some of the words that are British slang. They seem so normal! 'Summat', for instance...perfectly normal! I wouldn't expect anyone to know what 'bez' means though. It means to run very fast, if you don't know.

Hmm, I didn't like the old film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it didn't quite have the magic the book had. I loved the book when I was younger, it evoked such images of absolutely yummy chocolate and sweets! I don't know if I'll go and see the new film, although I will if some friends invite me.

Went summer job hunting today (have been doing this for a few weeks now). There was only one job I could apply for. All the others were deputy managers and the 'students do not apply, must be over 21 and have previous experience' malarky. Am pretty annoyed at that!


Ydnam96 - Jul 19, 2005 8:34 am (#1784 of 2963)

Denise, I'm right there with you on the Chocolate Factory. The only movie I have liked with Depp in it is Pirates of the Carribean (which I love). But he looks totally creepy in the ads for this movie. I think I'll pass.

Welcome to the new members!

Lina is Katarina reading it in English? If so good for her, that is an excellent way to help learn. I would never be able to read a book in Spanish, which I am sad to say is the only other language I have ever studied. Isn't funny (sad really) that us in the US are one of the few countries where the students don't really learn other languages. I mean, we take a few years...but I don't really know many people who learned any language fluently from those years. Not like many Eurpoeans learn English, or even a third or fourth language. In short, I am in awe of those of you who speak many languages. That's cool!

Well, I'm off for a work retreat. Back on Thursday night. I can't imagine how many new HBP posts there will be by then. I'll drown in them


Marè - Jul 19, 2005 8:43 am (#1785 of 2963)

Welcome bugggirl! (interesting name...)
I just read that you are going to be moving quite some bit.. Good luck with that! I would love to put something in German down for you, except the last time I seriously tried that I think receiving forum member ended in a fit of laughter.
So I'll stick to English and save the German for my dear neighbours.


bugggirl - Jul 19, 2005 8:55 am (#1786 of 2963)

Thank you, I know that when I get there I will butcher the German language for sure. I have an East Texas/central Oklahoma accent that does not respond well to the German multi-syllable words. I hoping that everyone I talk to knows English. (Isn't that horrible!) I really like other countries but frankly I'm scared that I will offend someone with my lack of language skills! It is sad that in America we are not pushed to learn other languages in school. I barely took Spanish in junior high and that was it. Of course I have learned more Spanish since living in Albuquerque but I don't think that counts outside the U.S.! Ha.....Bugg


CatherineHermiona - Jul 19, 2005 9:21 am (#1787 of 2963)

Welcome to all the new members!!!!

I'm so happy because the book came today (but you already know it). I read more than my mom but it won't be so much more longer because I think that mum won't stop reading until she read at least as much as I.

I'm so excited because of Gardaland that I'm counting days. Just 18 days and 17 nights more. I am spending almost all the time on Internet just looking for some informations about attractions in Gardaland. If anyone was there and can tell me something about it (for the example, where to go or where not to go) I would appreciate that. I would like if you would tell me should I (or shouldn't) go on Blue Tornado and Space Vertigo.

That would be it for now. Bye!!!!!!!!!!!!


And, I forgot, I just read the Tell about yourself thread and I just wanted to say that you are born only two days before me Fawkes-The-Phoenix. I was born 30.12.1992.


Finn BV - Jul 19, 2005 10:00 am (#1788 of 2963)

Hey everbody!

Welcome to all new members! Have fun here.

Passing a little thanks to Steph for that lil' gold star next to my user name. Aww, ain't it sweet?

Charlie was okay, kinda so stupid it was funny. Johnny Depp's hair is awful though. And the subplot with his dad was pretty bad but overall it was kinda fun. It had its moments.


Stephanie M. - Jul 19, 2005 10:34 am (#1789 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Jul 19, 2005 10:40 am

Yeah Depp's hair was strange but it's such a fun movie to begin with that it wasn't too bad. It was very silly and very sugary! LOL I saw Charlie then got in line for Harry (the movie theater was next door from Barnes and Noble and then we got ice cream because we didn't have any candy in the theater because 1. it's too expensive. and 2. because there was a HUGE line!) I made friends with the people who were in front of us. And the people behind us were very funny.

Story Time! So this guy in the line came out of B&N and screamed to everyone, "Harry Potter DIES!!!" And the guy behind us said, "Well, you might be giving us spoilers, but YOUR the one who will never get a date!" And the entire line starts laughing. Everyone heard it! It was so funny. You guys had to have been there!

No Problem Finn! Now you can post all of my ideas when I run out of posts! And you can place an avatar of me instead of you. And you can buy millions of dollars worth of Wonka Chocolate and give me a golden ticket! Then you can buy me a pony.

Edit: Stephanie, I changed the bold type above from the original since it was not family friendly. People can email you for the original text of the line, if they wish. Hope you understand! Denise P.


Madam Pince - Jul 19, 2005 10:37 am (#1790 of 2963)

I don't mean to be picky, and I'm enjoying the book tremendously, but the "insufferable know-it-all" in me is unreasonably annoyed by the four typos I've found already, and I'm only on my first read! I know they were in a hurry to print and all, but really! So far: "Tonks's"; "Crookshanks's"; "fug" rather than "fog"; and "site" rather than "sight" -- I'm almost afraid to go further. (Ha! Not really! Typos in printed, edited materials are just a big pet peeve of mine, along with people who don't put their grocery carts back in the corral...)

Welcome to all new members, and welcome back to returning members!

Mills, hope your cauldron survived the potato burn.

Tim, you're done! Yay! Congrats! And congrats to Lina and CatherineHermiona for getting their books, too!

Catherine, it's a scorcher here today also. A great day to spend indoors with a book (or books)....

(Say this next part in your best Figgy voice....) I am going to kill Mr. Pince! He read some news articles, and so he pinched my book while I was getting dinner ready, and read the end of it, and is now dancing around saying "I know what happens!" and he keeps giving me unwanted "hints" like "You're making this too difficult! Just think about what you already know!" (As if I haven't already been doing that for the past two years!) Grrrrrrrrr..... He is enjoying himself immensely.

* ***Nearly there now....nearly there....***


Marie E. - Jul 19, 2005 11:33 am (#1791 of 2963)

Poor Madam Pince! I've had three people come up to me and ask me for clues about the book because "it'll be ages 'till I get around to reading it". First I am aghast that someone would wait to read it, but since I'm bursting to talk about the book I usually cave.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 19, 2005 11:34 am (#1792 of 2963)

Chemyst, I'm a big fan of the original Willy Wonka and didn't like the new one nearly as much. Depp was just too creepy and weird for me. His hair didn't help, either. As fbv said, it had its moments, but overall I was disappointed. They could have at least mentioned Snozberries.


Stephanie M. - Jul 19, 2005 11:45 am (#1793 of 2963)

They also didn't have the Oompa Loompa's (sp?) song! Like the one that goes, "Oompa Loompa doompa-dee doo I've got a present for you... or something of that nature. I don't remember but the Oompa Loompas scared me when I was little and also the girl who became a blue berry. But I thought this version was good because it DID have it's moments as Finn and Vlad have said. But the original was a lot better but it was still really good because it was a lot different, and all of the child actors were REALLY GOOD.

(They really should have had the Oompa Loompa song... )


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 19, 2005 12:12 pm (#1794 of 2963)

Since you bring up the child actors, is it just me or did Veruca Salt look exactly the same as in the original. I left the theater worried that some illegal cloning had been done. I also liked the old Oompa Loompas better, and did miss the song.


Finn BV - Jul 19, 2005 1:37 pm (#1795 of 2963)

Yes, the Oompa Loompas were very well done, and it was ingenious to just cast one person and computer-generate the rest. That way, they looked very synchronized and with the rest of them. Movie spoiler: *I liked in the end how the Oompa Loompa played the psychiatrist and Wonka's barber. That was very funny. *

Although I thought that the original was much closer to the book.
***goes back and rereads the book to clarify***

Vlad, I think you're right, Veruca Salt looked nearly the same but Violet Beauregarde was so much different! She may have been the world-champion bubble-gum blower, but I think the trophies and her and her mother's sweatsuits were a little overdone.


Chemyst - Jul 19, 2005 2:44 pm (#1796 of 2963)

Thank you all for your Chocolate Factory reviews. Based on what you've said, I'll probably wait and follow Denise to the rental store.

My daughter and her luggage did finally make it home by mid-morning. Long dull airline story except for this part: As a consolation they upgraded her to first class where two other passengers had HBP as their in-flight reading.

I know they were in a hurry to print and all, but really! So far: "Tonks's"; "Crookshanks's"; "fug" rather than "fog"; and "site" rather than "sight" - Madam Pince
   I know what you mean; in fact, when I first saw "fug" I wondered if it was some strange British word that Scholastic decided to not "translate" for us, because any spell-check would spit that out. As for forming the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's, some of the more recent usage books are changing that rule from the time when I first learned it, so Tonks's would be correct according to these. But to add to the confusion, one book also claims an exception and says to use the older form when it comes to "ancient names," so it would be Moses' stone tablets, but Moses's skateboard!


Madam Pince - Jul 19, 2005 2:51 pm (#1797 of 2963)

LOL, Chemyst! That certainly clarifies the rules for us -- in fact, it lifts the "fug" right up from before our eyes!

I at first thought "fug" was a British-ism, too! Too funny.


Finn BV - Jul 19, 2005 2:58 pm (#1798 of 2963)

Thanks for the laughs Chemyst and Madam Pince. I too thought about fug and just decided it probably won't have that much effect on the end of the story, so why not keep going? I found another typo early on in the book (not site) but I forgot it now!

Madam Pince, you finished yet?


Madam Pince - Jul 19, 2005 3:07 pm (#1799 of 2963)

Just finished. I'm over on the Spoiler threads trying to get caught up. Shouldn't take long -- there's only about 2500 posts over there.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 1242194059


timrew - Jul 19, 2005 3:17 pm (#1800 of 2963)

Congratulations, Madam Pince on finishing the book!

My son has seen Willy Wonka, and he swears they've used the same kid actor to play Mike TV. He reckons after the first film, they put him into deep freeze, and didn't bring him out until they were ready to film the second version.

Anyway, on my second read-through now.........
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Stephanie M. - Jul 19, 2005 3:24 pm (#1801 of 2963)

When I was reading "fug" I thought that it must be some type of fog. Like smoke and fog is smog. But I couldn't figure out what fog would be mixed with to get "fug". So then I decided not to dwell on it and continue reading.

I didn't know they changed the rule! My last name is Moss and I always write it in the plural as, "Hey, that is Stephanie Moss' backpack!" I just think it looks better than Moss's. Hmm... I've been wrong my entire life!


Denise P. - Jul 19, 2005 3:56 pm (#1802 of 2963)

fbv, if you want to send me your regular sized photo to me, I can get it resized to fit WX where it should be larger than it currently is. My email is behind my name.

All the rain we got from Dennis put a huge amount of bugs into our pool and then into the filter. I took off the top to clear the filter and then the filter started to suck air (not a good thing) I had to call the repair guy and keep the filter off for 3 days. He came yesterday and it was just a bad O ring (it seals the lid). My pool is now nice and clean again. Mr. Denise choked when I told him the cost of the service call to replace a $8 ring but then I told him it was worth it to me to NOT have to pack up everyone in the van (with no a/c right now), drive across town to the pool supply place, try to find the correct part and keep the kids from touching/knocking things over/fighting and then coming back to install it. After detailing that, he agreed, the service call was worth it.


Madam Pince - Jul 19, 2005 4:11 pm (#1803 of 2963)

Sometimes you just gotta put things in perspective, right Denise?


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 19, 2005 7:22 pm (#1804 of 2963)

My son has seen Willy Wonka, and he swears they've used the same kid actor to play Mike TV. tim

More evidence for my cloning theory. He did look similar, but Veruca looked uncannily like the actress in the first one.


Saralinda Again - Jul 19, 2005 8:23 pm (#1805 of 2963)

Hey I Am Used Vlad, I finally read where your name came from. My son does the same thing as Rufus Honker IV on his blog.

Moving right along ...



Amilia Smith - Jul 19, 2005 8:36 pm (#1806 of 2963)

About Tonks's and Crookshanks's: When I was writing my senior thesis, I looked this rule up. I was writing on Bonnie Prince Charlie (see avatar), and so often had to say things like, "Prince Charles's army." And it is indeed correct that way. Go figure.

Got in a bit of an accident yesterday. I was riding my bike to the post office when the man in the car parked next to me opened his door. Bing bang boom, and all of the sudden I remember why my mother had that silly rule about wearing shoes when you ride your bike. The upshot of which is that today I am sporting two bandaged toes, a bruised heel, and a slight limp.



Cornelia - Jul 20, 2005 1:00 am (#1807 of 2963)

There you go Amilia, always listen to what you mum says! Hope it does not hurt too bad!

I still can´t talk about the book, I´m knocked out...dizzy...I´m sitting in front of my computer open and close my mouth, nothing comes out, no writeable sentence, I´m too shocked...is that still normal?

Hope everybody is all right, have a nice day!


Elanor - Jul 20, 2005 1:18 am (#1808 of 2963)

It is Cornelia, it is... It took me 3 days to start recovering. I've started my second reading, which is even better because I read slower and notice more details, but I am still dreading a bit reading the last chapters again...

Amilia, I hope it doesn't hurt too much! See what's a Tour withdrawal can make...

Welcome to the new members!


Lina  - Jul 20, 2005 3:14 am (#1809 of 2963)

Welcome to new members! It is really so interesting seeing people showing up!

Azi, good luck in finding the job. It seems that all the good lucks from the Forum helped until now, so I believe it will work for you too.

Mandy, I wouldn't bet that you couldn't read JK Rowling in Spanish! (especially knowing it by heart in English) She is a Genius (I'm glad I have the opportunity to say this without mentioning the HBP, I haven't finished it yet)! She uses such a simple and understandable vocabulary, yet not making it sound as sentences made by a 5 year old. Providing a good translation, you could really decide to read HP in Spanish instead of 20th time in English. Actually, I read OotP in English without using the dictionary because the words I didn't understand were not essential for the plot. The same thing is Katarina doing right now. She asks me only some important things like "What is a Prime Minister?" I use the dictionary much more, I guess it is the influence of the Forum and all the nit-picking members. Now suddenly has became important what does the word "puce" mean?

When you are a VIC (Very Important Country, as Cornelia suggested) citizen, you need to learn other languages if you want to communicate with more than few people. When you keep meeting people who know your language, you just don't need to learn other languages so it is not at the top of your priorities...

Waves to everybody!


Marè - Jul 20, 2005 4:35 am (#1810 of 2963)

Waves back to Lina, I completely understand what you mean about the languages.
I don't know what puce means (I think I missed that) I had a problem with one of the words in the title of chapter five. So I mailed a forum member for explanation. Thank goodness for the forum!

Ah wait, I found it: Puce: A deep red to dark grayish purple.
Hope that is correct...


Chemyst - Jul 20, 2005 5:53 am (#1811 of 2963)

Puce, anyone?

When you keep meeting people who know your language, you just don't need to learn other languages so it is not at the top of your priorities...
 I'm so glad you said that, Lina. America really did start out as a "melting pot" of cultures. Some of the results of blending cultures are a bit quirky: one group of settlers who believe in the virtue of humility mixes with another group who value ingenuity and the result is a society that feels impelled to apologize for success.

The lack of language barriers has been a big factor in America's ability to develop. One can travel freely the 3000 miles from south Florida to Washington state in the Pacific Northwest, meet millions of people along the way, and never give the English language a second thought. Or cut through western Canada, tacking on an extra thousand miles of travel to Anchorage, Alaska– you might have some minor currency conversion to deal with, but no language barriers.

The two years of a foreign language common to American school curriculum is sufficient for gaining an understanding of how another language works, but as there is little chance to practice outside the classroom, then as Lina has said, it is not at the top of our priorities.

I wasn't planning on jumping on my soapbox about this, but I was just assaulted over on the "General Discussion - Spoilers Included" thread with an example that is nothing short of classic:
Finn posted, "It says something like 'xx xxxx xxxx the rampart,' but as we Americans aren't the brightest little bulbs, the only definition of 'rampart' we know of is that in "The Star-Spangled Banner,"
The truth is, throughout most of America's history, we've been blessed with very little need for ramparts. There are a few around, but they are not commonplace. We don't have many castles either, but that has nothing to do with mental wattage. Still, as a cultural quirk, we are trained to apologize for not having a massive need to know about fortified walls. Please forgive us!
   ...and speak for yourself Finn, a lot of Americans do know the meaning of rampart.   ...and still more will after reading HP.


Marè - Jul 20, 2005 7:00 am (#1812 of 2963)

Now I'm going to apologise for my lack of English. Growing up on this side of the ocean I'm pretty sure I would know what a rampart is. I would bet you an applepie that I have found myself admiring one or standing on it or something...
I just have no clue what a rampart is in the "english word" sense. Anyone mind giving me a short summary... Is it a fort?


mollis - Jul 20, 2005 7:11 am (#1813 of 2963)

Ask and you shall receive, Mare. Complements of dictionary.com. Rampart: 1)A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top. 2)A means of protection or defense; a bulwark. (and just to clarify further, a parapet is "a low protective wall or railing along the edge of a raised structure such as a roof or balcony.")

And all this talk of Charlie and the Chocolate factory makes me unsure if I want to see it or not. I do really like Depp, but I loved the original movie. And to be perfectly honest, I don't think I've ever read the book. We don't go to the theater very often, so maybe I'll just end up watching it on-demand.


Ponine - Jul 20, 2005 7:55 am (#1814 of 2963)

Mare - LOL - I love your little pre-sorting hat speech over on the introduction thread!! This forum is indeed a fountain of information of all sorts... And I am very happy to be a part of it! And I absolutely adore Finn's expression - The brightest little bulbs... I leave in less than a month - scary stuff... US of A, here I come!!


Finn BV - Jul 20, 2005 9:46 am (#1815 of 2963)

Thanks everyone! Now, Chemyst, you don't actually to expect me to believe that you didn't look up rampart???

Hope you're okay, Amilia.

I would bet you an applepie that I have found myself admiring one or standing on it or something... --Marè

Speaking of applepie, anybody know what happened to her? Haven't heard much from her lately!


Denise P. - Jul 20, 2005 10:24 am (#1816 of 2963)

Aw, I just saw James Doohan died. I know it was not unexpected but I can't believe Scotty is gone! I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2001 while at Dragon*Con in Atlanta. He was a very personable man, very charming and always willing to pose for a picture. Beam me up, Scotty.


Marie E. - Jul 20, 2005 10:31 am (#1817 of 2963)

I wonder if giantsquid knows about James Doohan. He is a massive Trekkie. I've been known to do a fair Scotty impression. Maybe I should call squidboy. If only he had a cell phone...

We're supposed to break our record high temperature for today, which was 98. If you see me online all day, it's because the office is in the basement.


azi - Jul 20, 2005 10:35 am (#1818 of 2963)

Lina – Thank you very much for the good luck! I need it! Just found out one of the places I applied for has also had a lot of 16 year olds applying for jobs in the last few weeks which means I have no chance there - there's no minimum wage if you're under 18 so it obviously cost less for the company.

I'm glad to say I know what a rampart is (all the castles I was dragged to as a child have finally paid off!). Now I like castles, but then I wanted to climb trees with my friends. I also knew 'fug' was a real word, although I wasn't sure of the precise definition. It's not a word I have come across often...


Stephanie M. - Jul 20, 2005 10:38 am (#1819 of 2963)

Amilia, that sounds so painful! I hope your foot is doing better!

And Remember! Wear shoes when riding a Bike!!!

I actually know the meaning of Rampart! I have never looked it up either! I feel so smart!

A long time ago I said in a post that I was 4" 11 3/4" but now I'm unofficially 5" 0"! Yay! I haven't been to a doctor, but my sister measured me and she said that I was 5 feet! So I'm pretty sure I'm 5 feet. I'm not considered a midget any more!


boop - Jul 20, 2005 10:42 am (#1820 of 2963)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHEMYST AND BRANDON!!!!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

WElcome to all new members.

hugs always



Loopy Lupin - Jul 20, 2005 11:13 am (#1821 of 2963)

Now, Chemyst, you don't actually to expect me to believe that you didn't look up rampart???—fbv

Not to speak out of turn but there will probably be 77 posts by the time Chemyst reads that. I'll bet you all the horcruxes in the world that she didn't look up "rampart."

EDIT-- Oh and Happy B-day to said Chemyst and Brandon!!!


Madam Pince - Jul 20, 2005 11:37 am (#1822 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Chemyst and Brandon! Hope you both have fantastic days!

I changed my avatar just for today, and now I see a few people have already made an observation of the event. ***a moment of silence for dear Scotty***

Mills, sorry to hear about your accident -- hope you're better soon! Thank goodness, though -- it could've been much worse! By the way, is that "apostrophe s" rule that the only correct way is "Charles's" or is it that it can be either "Charles'" or "Charles's?" Ack! Maybe I've been wrong all my life!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 20, 2005 12:55 pm (#1823 of 2963)

I agree Madam Pince, a moment of silence for Scotty. LPO

Edit: I've been on the new HBP threads. Wow, lots of new people to welcome to the Forum.


timrew - Jul 20, 2005 1:36 pm (#1824 of 2963)

I was just listening to the radio in the car, and they were doing a tribute to James Doohan. Apparently, when he auditioned for Scotty (or Montgomery Scott to give him his full name), he did seven different accents. The Director settled on the Scottish one.

Who knows? We could have had a Cockney Scott, like Tonks. "Wotcher, Captain Kirk, me old cock sparrer!"

Happy Birthday To Chemyst And Brandon, also. Have a great day!

I had some ram parts (chops) for my dinner. They were delicious!


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 20, 2005 2:09 pm (#1825 of 2963)

Saralinda Again, I can't figure out what your son's name is.

Happy birthday to Chemyst and Brandon.

I know what a rampart is, but then I've been to Fort McHenrey.

**Observes moment of silence for Scotty.**  Now if we could just get William Shatner to shut up.


Madam Pince - Jul 20, 2005 2:31 pm (#1826 of 2963)

Tim, in the article I saw about Doohan, it said something similar, but it said that Doohan was the one who picked the accent. He said he told the director, "If the guy's gonna be an engineer, better make him a Scotsman!" Why that is, I have no idea.


Catherine - Jul 20, 2005 2:35 pm (#1827 of 2963)

Happy Birthday to Chemyst!

You are allowed step up to the soapbox on your birthday.

My first exposure to the word "rampart" that I truly remember was the 1970s show EMERGENCY!, in which Rampart General Hospital was the go-to place.

My condolences to Trekkies everywhere.

I have had some amusing experiences in the last few days whilst collecting Humane Society books for the sale. Let's just say that this may be my last chairing of a fundraiser for a long time.


timrew - Jul 20, 2005 2:39 pm (#1828 of 2963)

Madam Pince:- "If the guy's gonna be an engineer, better make him a Scotsman!"

Makes sense, Madam Pince. The engineer in every British Navy 'B' movie of the forties and fifties was always a Scotsman.


Loopy Lupin - Jul 20, 2005 2:49 pm (#1829 of 2963)

I don't know if this helps with the debate on the apostrophes but this site seems to imply that it could go either way:



Finn BV - Jul 20, 2005 2:55 pm (#1830 of 2963)

I had some ram parts (chops) for my dinner. They were delicious! –Tim

LOL Tim! I am still laughing! That was so funny!

In fourth grade we learned that if a word ends in S and you want to make it possessive, you can either add an 's or just the apostrophe. However, it was "more common" and "much more standard" to add solely the apostrophe.

Oh, and happy birthday to Chemyst and Brandon!! Chemyst – simply jesting at you about rampart, of course.


Saralinda Again - Jul 20, 2005 3:48 pm (#1831 of 2963)

I Am Used Vlad: The last (always the kicker) name is "Frushour." Does that help? (For obvious reasons, he loves the name "Rufus Scrimgeour.")


Julie Aronson - Jul 20, 2005 5:15 pm (#1832 of 2963)


I'll never look at a lamb chop the same way again!

...misses Scotty...


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 20, 2005 5:31 pm (#1833 of 2963)

That pretty much gives it away, Saralinda. People sometimes email me with guesses of what my name is, and they come up with some good ones.


Finn BV - Jul 20, 2005 5:56 pm (#1834 of 2963)

Oh, I think I got what your name is Vlad – after all, Chemyst helped with the hint of "Sam" but I think that's not the full first name… is it (and in invisible font for anyone who wishes to continue to guess ) Samuel David? That seemed the only reasonable anagram.

The anagrams I made up of my name are Ginevra Kubinflend (to use an HP name) or Daniel Nif Kurvbeng. I had to include my middle name, which incidentally is the name of a non-speaking minor character who is briefly mentioned in CoS and HBP, but if you take that out then you get Daniel V. Finng, which isn't much of an anagram anyway because my first name is all present in the right order in the last name.

Edit: I was searching my computer for my favorite anagrams, and here they are:
To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.


That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong
A thin man left planet, ran, makes a large stride, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!



I Am Used Vlad - Jul 20, 2005 6:10 pm (#1835 of 2963)

You are correct, fbv.

And, based on your anagrams, I will guess that your middle name is Burke.

I love the Hamlet and Armstrong anagrams, too.


Stephanie M. - Jul 20, 2005 6:21 pm (#1836 of 2963)

Whoa that's really cool. How do you get anagrams to make sense? Is there any useful technique?


Susurro Notities - Jul 20, 2005 8:21 pm (#1837 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jul 20, 2005 8:24 pm

Thank you for your warm greetings. I most certainly am trying to find time to return due to the book 6 excitement - yet I am so very busy.

I have completed the reading but my thoughts are still spinning wildly.

I burned through the book so fast - well - it just makes me a bit sad - sort of "toasted papyrus"


Madam Pince - Jul 20, 2005 8:23 pm (#1838 of 2963)

How do you get anagrams to make sense? Is there any useful technique?

Or perhaps....a computer program?


virgoddess1313 - Jul 20, 2005 8:55 pm (#1839 of 2963)

Hello everyone! I've finally had the good sense to return to my beloved forum. Just wanted to drop a quick line, so don't mind me. I don't want to interrupt too much. Looking forward to renewing some aquaintances!!


Amilia Smith - Jul 20, 2005 9:41 pm (#1840 of 2963)

Welcome back, Virgoddess.

Thanks for all the good wishes, everyone. I'm doing fine; just have to make sure not to bump my toes. :-)

Madam Pince: Well, that was the rule according to Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, which I was following religiously at the time. In looking it up just now (thank you Google Print), I find that there are exceptions. Moses' and Jesus'. Also "names of more than one syllable, with an unaccented ending pronounced eez." Therefore: Aristophanes' plays.

On the anagram front . . . I am a big fan of Jasper Fforde, whose new book, The Big Over Easy, is coming out on the 25th. They have the first chapter up over on bookbrowse.com, and the following excerpt cracks me up, mainly from seeing how worked up over anagrams HP fans get. Detective Inspector Friedland Chymes is giving a press conference detailing how he was able to solve his latest murder case. A reporter asks:

What was the significance of the traces of custard found on the Colonel's sock suspender?

Friedland raised a finger in the air.

An excellent question, Mr. Hatchett, and one that pushed my deducting powers to the limit. Bear with me if you will while we go through the final moments of Colonel Peabody's life. Mortally wounded and with only seconds to live, he had somehow to leave a clue to his assailant's identity. A note? Of course not—the killer would find and destroy it. Guessing correctly that a murder of this magnitude would be placed in my hands, he decided to leave behind a clue that only I could solve. Knowing the Colonel's penchant for anagrams, it was but a swift move to deduct his reasoning. The sock suspender was made in France. Custard" in French is crème anglaise—and an anagram of this is "Celia Mangerse—," which not only correctly identified the killer but also told me the Colonel died before he was able to finish the anagram."

Mills, who encourages you all to read The Big Over Easy, currently available in the UK, and appearing in the US on July 25th.


Saralinda Again - Jul 20, 2005 9:42 pm (#1841 of 2963)

With me, it's just playing with the letters until they do something interesting. There are Web sites that will do it for you, but what's the fun in that?

What's spooky is how sometimes anagrams are so accurate.

(And not all of them are as clumsy as I AM LORD VOLDEMORT)


Stephanie M. - Jul 20, 2005 9:58 pm (#1842 of 2963)

If you type in Harry Potter you get 'Try Hero Part'. I thought that was kind of weird. The website I was on didn't list them, but just randomly picked one and it just happened to be that one.

Mine was: I Am Sheep's Snot (Not including my middle name.)


Saralinda Again - Jul 20, 2005 10:14 pm (#1843 of 2963)

Heh -- the anagram of my previous married name was Your Tush Freak. I laughed like a madwoman the night I worked that out. Smile



Elanor - Jul 20, 2005 11:07 pm (#1844 of 2963)

Happy birthday Chemyst and Brandon!

I've tried an anagram program with my name and it gave me funny things as: "Lady Under Spire" (quite accurate, I worked under a very high church tower for some time), "Repair Suddenly" (if only I could "reparo" things!) and "Lunary Presided", which I found was a hilarious hint to my HBP/silver book theory! But the site didn't allow me to put my middle names in it (too much letters, I have a long name), what sites do you use?

Have a great night/day everybody!


Chemyst - Jul 21, 2005 5:11 am (#1845 of 2963)

I'll bet you all the horcruxes in the world that she didn't look up "rampart."
Thank you Loopy. Your faith in me has been rewarded. Anyone who took you up on that bet now owes you all the horcruxes in the world.

Madam Pince, when I read HBP I'd wanted to ask you this right away, and if you feel your answer would be too "spoilery" for this thread, you can email me or save it until the ban is lifted, but I want to know: How do you feel about your 'namesake' and her association with a certain previously-established character? I must say I nearly cringed for you at that part. But after the shock wore off, I wondered if Baby Pince likes cats...

 ~   Thank you all for the birthday wishes.


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 21, 2005 6:27 am (#1846 of 2963)

It appears that have been some "incidents" in the subways of London yet again. Best thoughts and wishes for members and family and everyone there.


Snuffles - Jul 21, 2005 6:37 am (#1847 of 2963)

Yes Mrs. Sirius, as of yet the police aren't confirming anything but all the signs are pointing to it! They have said it could be copycat attacks, but attacks all the same.

Hope this doesn't put anyone who is coming to accio off.

Best wishes to all our London forumers and any forumers who may be visiting.



septentrion - Jul 21, 2005 7:49 am (#1848 of 2963)

Happy birthday Chemyst and Brandon !

Can I have the address of the website to toy with my name too ? i wonder which anagrams I can come with ?

Other incidents in London ? oh my, will it ever stop ?

Off to the HBP threads !


Saralinda Again - Jul 21, 2005 8:38 am (#1849 of 2963)

type "internet anagram server" into your web search engine -- or better yet, I REARRANGEMENT SERVANT (anagram for the name)


Finn BV - Jul 21, 2005 9:56 am (#1850 of 2963)

Best wishes to all those in London. My prayers are with you.

Anagrams of my name that are not names (from Saralinda's site):
1.  A Delving Finn (which would work better if I were from Finland, but I hail from Norway and Ireland)
2.  Given Finland (alas, same story as above)
3.  England If Inv (what is inv?)
4.  Ivan End Fling (Hmmm… )
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Catherine - Jul 21, 2005 10:10 am (#1851 of 2963)

My name makes an anagram that I don't think I can put on the Forum.

I spent the morning unloading books from a volunteer's truck. Unfortunately, she has several cats, and the books have been thoroughly "catted." Every time I try to sort them, I go into asthmatic fits. So they'll just have to stay unsorted until the sale!

To make matters worse, they are repaving our whole neighborhood. The smell of the hot asphalt is seeping into the house, and it is just awful. There is sticky tar on my truck, and the guys act like I'm unreasonable for needing to actually exit my driveway to go somewhere.

I'm ready for the weekend. Is it Friday yet?


Denise P. - Jul 21, 2005 10:25 am (#1852 of 2963)

Sounds like my day Catherine. The 2 year decided to chuck an entire roll of TP, still on the roll, into the upstairs toilet. It overflowed and no one told me about it so when it was finally discovered, there was standing water in the bathroom...that dripped down into a closet downstairs. I am waiting for it to dry to see if it is going to require a hugely expensive floor/ceiling repair. We have a wood fence, 6ft, and some individual planks are starting to fall off, not sure why. The neighbor behind us took a hammer and put them back up but I noticed today that our side neighbor just leaned the plank against the fence so I waddled out with a hammer in the 300°F heat with incredibly high humidity (okay, it is under 100°F but with the humiditiy, it feels hideous) to hammer the silly plank back into place. While I was there, I also hammered back in any nails that were sticking out. The 4 year old decided it was a cool thing to do to crawl onto the counter and grab a handful of cereal, spilling the box all over the counter and floor in the process. Where is the Calgon??? I need it to take me awaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!! Things normally don't pile up one thing on top of another but today, it is like the world has gone insane. It is days like these that we trot the line out from It's A Wonderful Life "Why did we have to have all these kids??" LOL I love them all dearly and they certainly keep life interesting. I can't imagine not having them around.

I waited a bit but started my re-read of HBP. I am only reading a chapter at a time and then setting it aside for 24 hours. I am seeing stuff that I just didn't on the first read through. I still think it is going to take me several re-reads for this book to grow on me, though.


Catherine - Jul 21, 2005 10:44 am (#1853 of 2963)


I'll just say that I hope your day improves.

I won't say that "it can't get any worse," because I don't want to jinx you.

**sending Denise some Calgon**


Loopy Lupin - Jul 21, 2005 10:58 am (#1854 of 2963)

I still think it is going to take me several re-reads for this book to grow on me, though.—Denise

I think that sums up me as well. I have re-read the last 200 pages, but I think it will be a while before I sit down and start flat from page one.


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 21, 2005 11:36 am (#1855 of 2963)

My thoughts are with those of you in London. Please check in to let us know you are all right.

Denise I hope your day improves. I am also re reading HBP. It is amazing how many things I missed the first time. It helps not being sleep deprived. As always I love the humor. LPO


septentrion - Jul 21, 2005 11:53 am (#1856 of 2963)

Thanks Saralinda ! I've tried but honestly, my nam eisn't made for anagrams.

Denise, I cross my fingers for a change of luck in the next days for you !


Madam Pince - Jul 21, 2005 1:02 pm (#1857 of 2963)

Oh Denise -- what a yucky day! Hope there wasn't too much stuff in the closet, or if it was, that the water didn't come streaming down. I wonder if the humidity is causing the wood planks in your fence to swell or something and causing them to pop off? That is really odd. Hope your evening goes better.

Chemyst, LOL! Don't worry, I was cringing too! Baby Pince has really never been around cats yet -- I feel sure he would love them (love stringing them up by their tails, for instance.) We will talk more when the ban is lifted! (I totally forgot about that, actually -- someone asked me on another thread about it and I completely forgot and mentioned a name -- oops! Guess it wasn't considered a "major" spoiler since it didn't get Kipendo'd.)

Our thoughts are with our friends in London again today. What a shame, but yet what a blessing that it appears the effort was thwarted. You guys take care of yourselves over there!

Latest on the "Scotty" front -- (hope this isn't too morbid for some) -- apparently his wishes were that his remains be blasted out into outer space (as Gene Roddenbury's were) so they are going to have him cremated and part of the ashes put into an aluminum capsule and sent out on a rocket later this year. The capsule will orbit Earth for several hundred years before the orbit begins to disintegrate and then the capsule will fall back into Earth's atmosphere and be burned up. Hmmmmmm.....interesting idea....seems to fit!


pottermom34 - Jul 21, 2005 2:32 pm (#1858 of 2963)

My thoughts go out to all the londoners also.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 21, 2005 2:41 pm (#1859 of 2963)

Didn't they launch Timothy Leary's ashes into space, also? I seem to remember that happening.

Sorry about your bad day, Denise.


Stephanie M. - Jul 21, 2005 3:38 pm (#1860 of 2963)

Finn I found a pretty good anagram for your name. (Including your middle name.) It is: Kind, Vengeful Brain

I really don't have any that suit me unless I truly am 'I Am Sheep's Snot' Or other ones that couldn't be put on this Forum.

There aren't any good anagrams with my middle name. I think it is because there are too many "A's" in it... hmm.


timrew - Jul 21, 2005 3:46 pm (#1861 of 2963)

So, Tim Leary is going into space?

Best place for him, what poets want to go as well?


Catherine - Jul 21, 2005 3:47 pm (#1862 of 2963)

Loopy Lupin,

That cat avatar summed up my whole day, and I have giggled out loud every time I think about it.



Susurro Notities - Jul 21, 2005 5:01 pm (#1863 of 2963)

The sneeks and the forthright. Evil and righteousness. JK has gotten it right. My prayers are for London and Britain.


Ydnam96 - Jul 22, 2005 12:05 am (#1864 of 2963)

Hey All!

I'm back from my work retreat. I saw the forum and all the "new" flags and had to push the "mark as read" it was too overwhelming.

I had a good enough time in the mountains, but it was unusually hot there. I mean HOT, considering we were in the mountains. It really stunk because the cabin had no AC. We literally left the doors and windows open the whole time we were there- even at night. Someone could hav walked in and stolen all our stuff...or worse a racoon or bear might have walked in. But we were so hot it didn't matter.

Then I get back today to the wonderful foothills of LA and it's like living on the sun. I seriously think we could have cooked eggs on the pavement today. I might buy some eggs just to see if I can cause it's supposed to be just as hot this weekend. The temperature at around 2:30 this afternoon was 100 degrees! At 7:30 is was still in the 90's. I can't believe it. Well, I can but it's not pleasant. Plus somehow one of the transformers blew for the city and we lost power for a few hours. My house was like an oven. Praises that it came back on about 6 hours before they said it would or I might have melted.

So I'm still very upset I loaned out my book. I want to read it again...aaaa

Oh well. I hope all of you are doing okay, I heard that there were more bombings in London: my prayers are with you. Also I'm thinking of those of you in the heat stricken states- find a place cool to spend time and don't do silly things like go running in the afternoon.



dizzy lizzy - Jul 22, 2005 12:25 am (#1865 of 2963)

Hello to everyone,

Mills: Sorry to hear about your bike prang hope your are healing OK

Happy Birthday for those who have had them.

Fingers crossed for London and Londoners.

I've been away for a days’ training. It took me half a day to get there and half a day to get back. So it has been a long week.

On Wednesday when I dropped the dogs off to boarding, I ripped the muscles down the right hand side of my right foot whilst being dragged along by two excited dogs. Very painful as I then had to drive to training and I had no way of treating the injury until today apart from Panadol (paracetamol).

I stayed at a cheap motel and it didn't have an in-room fridge, so I couldn't ice the ankle at all and that has made it worse *shrugs shoulders*

Then last night, my gear box and clutch (I drive a manual car) decided not to talk to each other. It took some tears and some wishes to get the car going again. I've no idea what the problem was, but I drove the 6 hour return journey this morning without it missing a beat. I now have to get my mechanic to check it out for road-worthiness first thing Monday morning before I drive out to another remote area to do some more interviewing.

If the car is declared unsafe I then have to call work and convince them to hire a car on my behalf. Otherwise I will have no work next week. And as I am staggering around with a taped up and very sore ankle, perhaps I need some time off to recover.

Now to have a look at the 1600 odd posts in the HBP folder. I think I might have to be ruthless and hit the magic button.

Have a wonderful Friday everyone!


Julie Aronson - Jul 22, 2005 12:46 am (#1866 of 2963)

Wow, there seems to be a plague of bad luck on the forum this week! Could this atmosphere be encouraged by the general discomfiture we feel about HBP? I know I've been a bit off-kilter all week, and I'm LIVING for 5pm today.

Hang in there, everyone!

BTW, rock on, English law enforcement!!!! --I am awed by the speed with which they are tracking down these malicious morons.


CatherineHermiona - Jul 22, 2005 3:43 am (#1867 of 2963)

Hi, everyone!!!!!!!!

I am so happy because I am going to Gardaland for only 15 days. We are very busy because my mother has birthday very soon. We are playing Sims 2 but I would like to play Sims again because there is no expansion pack with pets for Sims 2.

You all seem to have tough days and this suppose to be happy days because of HBP. I hope this won't last long.



Saralinda Again - Jul 22, 2005 8:36 am (#1868 of 2963)

I know what you mean, CatherineHermiona -- I prefer the original Sims myself. I used to have a Harry Potter world (some site had put together things like the Prefects' Bathroom, other things like that) but I lost them in a computer crash and the site is down now. Sad

Have fun at Gardaland!


Denise P. - Jul 22, 2005 8:36 am (#1869 of 2963)
Edited Jul 22, 2005 10:01 am

We had a storm come through last night and a baby bird has fallen out of the nest. The nest is way too high in our tree to put the baby back and it is not fledged yet, just has pin feathers. I called a local wildlife place who suggested we line a small box with grass and put the baby back in the tree as high as we can and as near to the nest as possible so the parents continue to care for it. We cut the top off a Pop Tart box and made it shorter, lined it with grass and Nicholas climbed the tree. We got it about 3 feet from the nest and could hear mama up there calling to the baby and baby answering her. Hopefully, after we clear out and leave it alone, Mama Bird will come down to care for it.


Doris Crockford - Jul 22, 2005 9:09 am (#1870 of 2963)

Well, I've had a good day yesterday. It was my 18th birthday, and my best friends and I went biking for four hours. It was fun until we got kinda lost and were running out of water. But we found a library and refilled the bottles, and ended up getting home OK. Then last night, my friends and I went to a restaurant that makes the most amazing desserts, then went to see Wedding Crashers. I have to say, that movie was absolutely hysterical! It was so funny. Then my friend gave me a ride home, and we talked about Harry Potter the whole way. I can't think of anything better to end the day.

Happy belated birthday, Brandon and Chemyst!

Kate, what is Gardaland?


Elanor - Jul 22, 2005 9:20 am (#1871 of 2963)

What a cute story Denise! I hope Mama bird will take care of him again.

My thoughts are with the Londoners too! ((((hug))))

Talking about Accio, I found out yesterday that I won't be able to borrow the costume of my avatar for the feast because they found someone else for playing in it next week. So, this morning, I bought some fabric for making the Beauxbatons cloak I wanted to make at first. I found a great fabric, with the shade of blue that, in my minds, is Beauxbatons-blue. It has a tiny pattern representing stylized golden bees on it that I found cute because it reminded me of DD at once.

I've started making the cloak and finally understood how to make the hood (the last time I sewed something it was for a doll I had, many, many years ago!) and it should be finished on time, though I'm sure Madam Malkin has a better method of doing cloaks!

LPO, Amilia, don't miss the Tour's time-trial tomorrow if you can, it should be great! I know the region very well, it is only 100 km far from here. It should be difficult and spectacular.

Have a great day everybody! Have fun Kate!

Tonight is our first performance with the medieval show, I hope everything will be all right! After the show, we always share some "hypocras" (a medieval beverage: wine, with honey and a lot of plants) with the audience. I have always felt it would be the kind of drink I could order at the Three Broomsticks... I'll drink some to your health!


Madam Pince - Jul 22, 2005 11:16 am (#1872 of 2963)

Lizzy, I'm sorry you had such a rough day. No fair! Hope your foot heals very quickly.

Denise, good job on the baby bird! It sounds like it might be successful -- if the Mama is chirping to him and he is answering, that's got to be good news, right? ***crosses fingers***

Doris and CatherineHermiona, glad to hear you are both having good days! Belated Happy Birthday, Doris!

Elanor, that fabric sounds just beautiful! Isn't the "bee" symbol something to do with French royalty, too, or is that just my imagination? Your new cloak will be lovely -- we will start calling you Elanor Malkin.

Mandy, glad you had fun at camp despite the heat. It's been horribly hot here too -- all my plants are droopy.

Speaking of plants, can I just take this opportunity to say -- I HATE crabgrass!!!! I took all the precautions -- applied all the proper crabgrass killer -- filled in all the sparse spots with the highest-quality grass seed, and every year about this time, heeeerrrrre it comes! Spreading it's nasty tentacles all over the place! I spent hours yesterday afternoon pulling up every plant of it that I could find. The other grass in the lawn is drying up and turning brown in the heat, but this stuff? Nooooooo.... it is flourishing like the green bay tree! What's up with that????



Herm oh ninny - Jul 22, 2005 11:18 am (#1873 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Dorris Break a leg Elanor


CatherineHermiona - Jul 22, 2005 11:57 am (#1874 of 2963)

Happy belated birthday, Doris!!!!!! And Gardaland is amusement park on the lake Garda in Italy.

What a cute story, Denise P. That was really kind of you. I hope her mum will find her.



septentrion - Jul 22, 2005 12:49 pm (#1875 of 2963)

So, we'll both have a cloak Elanor ? Mine is blue too but I wonder if they're going to be the same tone of blue. I chose buttons with a slight golden yin-yang pattern, reminding me of the alchemy thread. Good luck with your sewing ! And please tell us about your performance ! It sounds like something very funny to do.

Madam Pince, bees were symbols for Napoleon. The French monarchy had Fleur-de-Lys (literally flower of the lily) as a symbol.


Doris Crockford - Jul 22, 2005 12:49 pm (#1876 of 2963)

Thanks, guys. Some of my friends didn't realize it was my birthday yesterday (it's summer, so we all lose track of time and dates and that stuff), but then they, um, made up for it by singing 'Happy Birthday' as loudly as they could on a street corner.

Ohh, Elanor, that sounds beautiful. When you're done, you have to show us a picture.

Gardaland sounds like it will be a lot of fun, Kate. Have fun in Italy!


Finn BV - Jul 22, 2005 2:52 pm (#1877 of 2963)

Sounds exciting, Denise. Hope everything turns out for the best for the bird.

Kate, have a great time at the amusement park. We'll miss you here.

Elanor, is this the show with your walk-on part with the boys who said they read GoF in 4 days? Have fun.

Happy belated birthday, Doris.

I was at tennis today and for some reason Harry was a significant topic prior to us getting on the courts. One boy was reading HBP, and I looked where he was (p. 452) and I said, "Ooh, only 144 pages until the climax." (Page 596, Scholastic edition, is the page where the really important thing that happens in HBP happens, wink, wink. ) Then another kid said that he finished it in three days and I couldn't resist saying it took me one. Finally, a third kid told me he was still reading it but his sister needed someone to talk to about the end. I said I would be glad to and we did later on. I discussed the other possible view of what goes on on page 596. She was very interested!

Well, off to the 4 billion posts in the Spoiler folder.


timrew - Jul 22, 2005 4:27 pm (#1878 of 2963)

Thanks for clearing that up about 'Gardaland'. I had completely the wrong end of the stick.

In Ireland the 'Garda' is the police force, so there was I thinking that 'Gardaland' was some kind of Police State theme park!


Finn BV - Jul 22, 2005 5:09 pm (#1879 of 2963)

Just thought y'all might be interested… J.K. Rowling on Biography on A&E. Telling about the secrets of her books, and right before the commercial break they showed that picture with the 40 kids in Harry's year.

PS – LOL Tim! You never fail to entertain us.


I Am Used Vlad - Jul 22, 2005 5:38 pm (#1880 of 2963)

Happy belated birthday, Doris. Welcome to adulthood, assuming 18 is of age in Canada and you are not magical.


Denise P. - Jul 22, 2005 7:32 pm (#1881 of 2963)

It looks like the Mama bird has been taking care of the baby that fell out of the nest. We have seen her hovering near the makeshift Pop Tart nest and the baby has not fallen back out. Hopefully it will continue to do well, will fledge and fly off. We have a robin's nest with 3 babies in it, I had hoped when they said a baby was out, the kids meant that one since I just have to stand on tiptoes to look into the nest. The silly mama robin built the nest in one of our crepe myrtle bushes that sit next to our garage. I will have to get a picture of the babies...when you move the bush, their heads shoot up, mouths wide open. This was discovered during yard work, I don't let the kids normally go near the bush if we have nesting birds.


boop - Jul 22, 2005 8:06 pm (#1882 of 2963)

Sorry I missed your birthday Doris. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY DORIS!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!

hugs always boop


Elanor - Jul 22, 2005 11:24 pm (#1883 of 2963)
Edited Jul 23, 2005 12:11 am

Happy belated birthday Doris!

Oh my G-D!!!!! I'm still in a state of shock! I've just read the third part of Jo's interview on TLC and I couldn't believe my eyes! I won't say all here (there is no real spoiler, but just in case) but she confirmed, nearly word for word, what we said for ages on the alchemy thread and that I wrote in my paper for Accio, about balance and harmony (I've posted about it on the HBP alchemy thread if you want to read more about it). It is so amazing!

To be honest, I have not recovered yet and I have trouble stringing two ideas together for now!

Thanks for the wishes about the show! Everything went well and we had a lot of fun doing it. It takes place in the Benedictine Abbey of my town (11th-12th century) and the story is about the arrival of a new commandatory prior in town, who is also the lord of the town, in the 15th century. Peasants, bourgeois, notables are here to welcome him and we all go with him, the claustral prior and his monks when he discovers his new possession. And the audience follows us in that visit in the entire abbey. It takes place at night, so there are coloured lights, fire, sound effects and real musicians and it is very pretty. I play a "notable" (and yes Finn, the little HP fan is amongst us! He tried again to ask me questions last night but I am a good Occlumens and didn't say anything! )

Sept, that is great that we both will have Beauxbatons cloaks! The fabric is a kind of "bleu nattier" (sorry I couldn't find the word in English). I haven't bought buttons yet but I'm going to do so this morning.

Have a great night/day everybody!


Stephanie M. - Jul 23, 2005 8:30 am (#1884 of 2963)

I'm so happy!!! I finally got my sister to read Harry Potter!!!! She read the first book when it first came out and she didn't get it, so she never read any other HP books. But she is obsessed with the movies. So I said to her, "If you read POA then I'll tell you what happens in the 1st and 2nd book that isn't in the movie." And she agreed so she read the first 2 chapters of POA and I think she'll actually read more than that. I'm sure once she gets into POA she might go back and read the 1st and 2nd book. Then I think she will wait until the GOF movie until she reads GOF so she kinda knows what is going on anyway. Getting my sister to read anything is like Hermione getting Ron and Harry to read Hogwarts A History! Ron and Harry both say, "why should we read it when you can always tell us Hermione." Or something like that. And my sister believes she can just ask me what happens or she can look up spoilers! Well now she just has to read and find out. We might even have a new Forumer soon


Good Evans - Jul 23, 2005 9:58 am (#1885 of 2963)

HI everyone - I'm back from my holiday in Cornwall - had a fabulous time - even if the first 24 hours was taken up with reading the new book - excellent - it "might" just be my favourite but once I have re-read a few times I will know - briliant!!!! I got to a certain point and didn't want to read anymore - but of course had to know how it ended - but I shall say no more here - I am sure most of you by know where I mean - but clearly I can say nothing else at this time on this thread.

Anyhow - we went to Tintagel (King Arthur) and Boscastle (the Witches and Wizards museum of course), Jamaica Inn, Padstow and Polperro and so many other places (enchanted gardens etc) - had a brilliant time - weather a bit mixed but we didnt get wet so that was good. Went to Dinner last night and a little girl (maybe 9) had her copy with her at the table (between course reading only!) At the end of our meal I went up to her and asked if she was enjoying the book - I told her that I thought it was wonderful but wouldn't spoil the ending - then her mum wanted to know which was my favourite book and when I had read my copy..... whata wonderful evergrowing world of lovely people this book has created!!!

Then when we were in the lounge a little boy (maybe 6?) came through clutching his book with his dad and said - "off to bed now, no TV maybe 1/2 hour of reading or an hour if I am lucky"... I just beamed !!

Not being able to get to the internet (and here) was not easy but our days were so full it was difficult to say that I could have found the time!

TBE - loved your costumes, glad that the launch party went well. We were queued up at 11.20 and ahd a whale of a time with the other potties - we were about 20th in the queue so had very little wait.

I am so envious that the US fans have the Jim Dale tapes already - the UK (Stephen Fry) CD wont be available until 25th August. I do have it preordered for delivery but I would have loved to have had it on the release with the books- oh well!!!

Glad that you all enjoyed it - glad to be back - love to all - I am off the the spolier threads to join in the discussions

Julie X


azi - Jul 23, 2005 12:50 pm (#1886 of 2963)

Happy birthday to all who have them!

Good Evans - I'm glad to hear you had a good holiday. I have always wanted to visit Cornwall, it has so many myths surrounding it, but it must be one of the only counties in England I haven't visited! I was also deprived of the internet, but only for the last two days as I desperately tried to contact a friend who could tell me a free anti-virus program. Fortunately I have now got that up and running, plus with another anti-spyware program so I'm more protected than before!

It's always cute when little kids are reading HP. Apparently the early-morning commuter trains around Bristol are currently filled with professionals reading HP as well! I wish my friends were like that - they seem content with me just telling them what happened. Which takes some time, it's just so complex!

I have given up on catching up with the spoiler threads so I just hit mark as read. A lovely little button if there ever was one.


Lina  - Jul 23, 2005 3:24 pm (#1887 of 2963)

Happy belated birthdays, Chemyst, Brandon and Doris!

Timrew, you made me laugh out loud with your ideas about Gardaland. Actually, in Croatian, "Garda" is sort of military forces, but I never connected the two.

Stephanie, I'm so glad for your sister! I know how it is when a child does not want to read. We haven't made Kate's sister to wish to read HP yet, even though she enjoys the movies and keeps asking us some questions. Still, I'm glad she is not reading it yet, seeing the way that the plot develops, maybe it will be less painful to read it a bit elder.

I finished the book today and I couldn't say that I'm shocked. I'm sure she knows what is the best. My husband asked me: "Didn't you know how it was going to end?" "I had no idea!" That's the quality of the great writer, you have no idea where is she going to take you and what "insignificant" detail is going to become important. And I love her sense of humor, she made me laugh out loud at some points. She is GREAT!


Finn BV - Jul 23, 2005 7:44 pm (#1888 of 2963)

Hey everybody. Glad to hear about your sister, Steph. Let's raise the forum member count from four billion three hundred thousand sixty-five hundred and ninety-one to four billion three hundred thousand sixty-five hundred and ninety-two!

Welcome back, Julie, glad you had a good time!

I have given up on catching up with the spoiler threads so I just hit mark as read. A lovely little button if there ever was one. –azi

Well you can say that again! 1,234 messages awaiting me this evening! No way am I going to sit through them all!

Well I sort of had a rough day today. It started off great – my cousin was discharged from the hospital! Yesterday, they weren't thinking until Monday he'd leave, but his white blood cell count went from .9 to 7.1 overnight! (I take it that's a good thing, but I wouldn't exactly call myself a medical expert.) Then I went off to tennis. It was "Fun Day" today, so no clinics and all games. That was okay. Then there was club round-robin matchplay, just first to four games (not much). Anyway, so I was playing a really good kid, and I thought I had a chance, when I took the first three points () fairly easily. Anyhow, I was up at the net to make a volley, and, in the clay, my feet fell out from under me and I fell on my rear end. But this wasn't just the normal "I'm okay, just help me up" fall – it really hurt. I couldn't bend over and I couldn't run. I've now been cooped up in bed with ice since I got home (after withdrawing from play). It's hard to move while sitting down; and when I walk I have to stand straight up. So I'm going to stay away from the Spoiler threads now. **yawn**

'Nighty-night everyone!


Denise P. - Jul 23, 2005 8:19 pm (#1889 of 2963)

his white blood cell count went from .9 to 7.1 overnight! (I take it that's a good thing)

That is a GREAT jump for his WBC is he is immune suppressed!! We loved to see jumps like that with my son when he was finished with his chemo and other treatments.

My oldest daughter, who works in a bookstore, called to say she was going to send paperback copies of SS, CoS, PoA, GoF and OoP. She was a bit miffed when I told her we already had multiple copies but assured her that copies of all would be more than welcome.

I noticed in the paper today, there was a blurb about movies in the park coming up. This is where they put up a big screen and you can bring out the lawn chairs and watch a movie. For some reason, they can't say the name of the movie but they tell a teaser. The first movie is a Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Bergman movie. Then it said the second movie is about a young wizard. Hmmmm....I wonder what it could be??? Sadly, no, I won't be going. It is too hot, I am just one person and I am not up to wrangling the entire brood during a movie where they can run in a field.

Sadly, our little feathered friend did not make it. I had hopes when we saw Mama taking care of him but I fear he had injuries relating to the rather long fall out of the tree. He also looked to be several days younger than the others since the one we handled had just pin feathers and the ones today were fully feathered. We were cheered to see his two older sibilings out practicing flying today and doing well...even if one decided to run into our garage. We spent a few minutes trying to gently herd it back out into the yard. We also found out that it is a Wood Thrush in our tree. It won't be long and the three robins in a different nest will be flying. Those babies are still featherless and pretty ugly at the moment.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 23, 2005 8:53 pm (#1890 of 2963)

We also found out that it is a Wood Thrush in our tree.---Denise

I remember reading about the Wood Thrush in my National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar Birds of North America--Eastern Region. (Loopy, I know what you're thinking so don't even bother saying it.) I've never forgotten this passage: The Wood Thrush is famous for its beautiful, flutelike song, which many people consider to be without rival in nature; Henry David Thoreau wrote of it, "Whenever a man hears it, he is young."

Unfortunately for me, I've never gotten closer to hearing it than on my Birdsong indentiflyer. (I'm warning you Loopy, just leave it alone. )


Ydnam96 - Jul 23, 2005 10:32 pm (#1891 of 2963)

Denise I'm sad about the little birdy.

Not much going on here except for work. I worked most of today getting my staff office set and supplies ready for my staff, we started RD (Residence Director) training on Friday. We learn how to irrigate wounds and other outdoorsman stuff on Monday in prep for our backpacking trip with the resident advisors in August. For the next two weeks we are basically planning and preparing for the trip. I hear that Yosemite is quite cold right now, with snow and such at the locations we hike to. Funny how it's a million degrees here in LA. (Well, okay it's only been in the upper 90's...but still).

I am going to venture to Disneyland tomorrow. My pass expires on the 28th of August and I want to get some more use out of it. I'm going early in the AM to hopefully avoid the extreme heat. Maybe the lines will be shorter?

My book is still out on loan. I want to read it again...


Mrs. Sirius - Jul 23, 2005 10:56 pm (#1892 of 2963)

(Ignoring pink elephant) Once again the dementors have been breeding near my home. Last Friday my pump failed just hours before the release of it. Many hours and headaches later, we got it fixed so that I'd be able to read in peace. Then Tuesday night with about 20 pages to go, BLACKOUT! We lost power for about 4 hours. Oh yes, you can read by battery power!

Denise, you are ever so maternal. Even baby birds find you! Disney could make one of their movies about you, I can just hear the tag line "she was so maternal even the baby birds sought after her...." Sorry that little one didn't make it.

Oh Madame Pince, crabgrass!! (These are sent by dementors) You just don't know! I have spent hours pulling it by the roots. And it isn't that nice little crabgrass that rises a few inches above the ground. This stuff is knee high. The more I pull the higher it grows. We now have in addition to crabgrass, new weeds, with big wide leaves, or shinny or variegated leaves, it everywhere! You can't see my puny flowers because the weeds are so tall! They completely killed all my irises. ughhhh

The movie theatre in our area offers movies for free Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am through the summer. The first week in August, when my kids will be in day camp, they are showing POA. Either I pull them out of day camp that day or I'm going to the movies by myself.

Happy belated Birthday Brandon, Doris (and any other i may have missed)


Catherine - Jul 24, 2005 5:13 am (#1893 of 2963)

Rest in peace, baby bird.

Unfortunately for me, I've never gotten closer to hearing it than on my Birdsong indentiflyer. (I'm warning you Loopy, just leave it alone. --Lupin is Lupin

You didn't say that I couldn't call you a nerd! Of course, birds of a feather.....

Happy Sunday.


Madam Pince - Jul 24, 2005 6:14 am (#1894 of 2963)

Elanor, glad that your performance went off well!

Good Evans, it sounds like you had a wonderful time on your holiday! So many nice places to go, and how fun to see young readers everywhere enjoying the book!

Lina, congratulations on finishing the book!

fbv, glad to hear that your cousin is improving so much! I was so sorry to hear about your fall on the courts, however. I know for a fact that falling right on your rear might appear funny at the time, but it is no laughing matter -- I fell on ice once and my tailbone hurt for about six months! There's really not a whole lot you can do about it, either -- despite the popular saying, there is no such thing as a butt-sling. Hope that some rest and ice will help!

Denise, bummer about the baby bird. Well, at least you tried; and how wonderful that the two others are doing great! That's probably a good decision you made about going to the outdoor movie -- I got a vivid mental picture of Denise sitting on the ground on a beach towel, waving her arms in circles as she tries to stand up to chase one or another of the various kidlets as they run circles around the whole area.

Mrs. Sirius, I wish I could join you at the movies. Our local theatre does a reduced rate for parents with small children on Wednesday mornings, but they haven't taken the leap to offer them for free yet. I think I'll make the suggestion! If yours does it, then it must be a reasonable idea, right? (So it's dementors that's doing the crabgrass thing, huh? I might have known.... those dastardly so-and-sos.... I'll have to get Baby Pince to do a "Bespecto Patronus" on them!)


Denise P. - Jul 24, 2005 6:46 am (#1895 of 2963)

Madam Pince, surely you jest! There is no way I can sit on the ground right now and get up without some kind of adult assistance LOL It is hard enough to get out of a chair! I wasn't thinking the other day and tried to hoist myself out of the pool like most people can do, a little jump to get on the side. This big baby belly smacked the side rail and my kids just laughed at me. I retained my dignity and used the ladder like that was my plan all along. Just a few more weeks to go!

fbv, sorry to hear you took a tumble. I have always admired anyone who plays tennis only because I still can't figure out the scoring system. Of course, I have never put much effort into learning it either...not even during school when we would have PE units on tennis. The only thing I know about tennis is that tennis balls get really slimey after rottweilers bring them back to you when you throw them.


Madam Pince - Jul 24, 2005 7:11 am (#1896 of 2963)

Yep. I jest.

I remember when I was expecting and we were in the process of building an addition onto our house. The builder had asked me to go around the framed-out room and put marks on the walls where I wanted the electrical outlets to go, before they put the drywall up. So I went on my merry way and tried to walk between the 2x4 frames that separated where the walls would be -- something that normally would be no problem at all. HA! Couldn't quite make the fit, there.... Boy, did I feel stupid bouncing back off the frames...


Finn BV - Jul 24, 2005 7:27 am (#1897 of 2963)

…because I still can't figure out the scoring system. … The only thing I know about tennis is that tennis balls get really slimey after rottweilers bring them back to you when you throw them. –Denise

Man, it took me a while too. If you must know one thing about tennis, that's certainly a good one to know. I'll keep that in mind.

Also, I'm so sorry to hear about the baby bird. We've quite the wildlife collection out in our backyard, and a similar thing happened to us once. Hope everything turns out okay.


Ydnam96 - Jul 24, 2005 7:51 am (#1898 of 2963)

Oh fbv- that sounds like it is very painful! Maybe you can get one of those toosh donut things (the little inflatable cushions to sit on)? I'm not sure that would help much.

Madame Pince, how many months along were you? I would imagine if you were very far along it would have been difficult to bend over and mark out where you wanted them. Hmph, he should have gone in with you so you could just point Smile

Okay, off to Disneyland...


Madam Pince - Jul 24, 2005 10:35 am (#1899 of 2963)

Mandy, it was at about the 8-month mark, I think. Bending over wasn't too difficult, but certainly getting up from a sitting position on the floor would've been nigh unto impossible. It was funny how you could just "forget" about the belly thing temporarily, and be tootling along just doing your normal routine, and then all of a sudden be forcibly reminded when you tried to do something that usually wouldn't give you a second's pause. Another thing I did was try to climb through a rail fence when Mr. Pince and I were going on a walk, and those rails just weren't quite far enough apart... it was most annoying. But well worth it in the long run!

Have fun at DisneyLand!


Stephanie M. - Jul 24, 2005 11:01 am (#1900 of 2963)

Finn I hope your feeling better today! That sounds very painful.

I'm so sad for the little bird! You still did a good thing with trying to help it Denise. You probably let it live for a few more days.

I went swimming up at my school on Friday and while I was practicing the Butterfly my whole entire right leg started cramping. So I stretched it out a little bit and I was feeling fine, but then I woke up Saturday morning and I could barely walk! It didn't even hurt, I was just limping! But today I'm not limping and only my calf is a little bit soar.[/b]
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Good Evans - Jul 24, 2005 12:13 pm (#1901 of 2963)

Finn - really pleased to hear about your cousin - I hope that you have been passing our good wishes along...

sorry to hear about the fall ! bruises will heal is about the only words of comfort I can offer... but I am pleased to know your tennis is going really well - I love playing, but you sound like you are loads better than me !!!!

Mandy - you have a brilliant time using up that pass - I am sure you will

Denise - sorry to hear about the birdie, it is always sad even if it is "nature".

Stephanie M - that sounds a bit odd - hope your leg is better soon

Tomorrow I have my first proper golf lesson - this should be a hoot - but being as I am entered in a competition (although simply enjoying the walk and chat will be my aim!) in September I at least need to try to not have too poor a show - I'll let you know how bad it is later in the week

have a good evening everyone



Finn BV - Jul 24, 2005 12:36 pm (#1902 of 2963)

I went swimming up at my school on Friday –Steph

Really? Did you see anybody we know? Not fair!

Stephanie M - that sounds a bit odd --Good Evans

Well, to put it mildly. Have a good golf lesson. Maybe we'll play virtual tennis some time soon.


Ponine - Jul 24, 2005 12:46 pm (#1903 of 2963)

Hi everyone! I must admit, I am really down in the dumps these days. I have spent until yesterday, desperately waiting for my second friend to finish HBP. I have too fellow HP readers in my circle of friends, and I must admit, that while I love them dearly, they do not measure up as potties.

No sense of details, no appreciation for the finer details of dialogue and descriptions, and alas, not at all nitpicky and thorough as we are. I therefore, officially and completely, have no one to discuss the books with. If it hadn't been for you lot, I probably would have gone mad, but I must admit that it would be infinitely better to discuss over the phone or in person... Thanks for being here, you guys... Ponine, who has the Accio-Pennsylvania-London-Harry Potter-blues...


Penny Lane. - Jul 24, 2005 2:36 pm (#1904 of 2963)

Hey, all.

Denise, I'm sorry about the baby bird. Sad Did you give it a funeral?)

fvb - all this talk of tennis is making me want to go play! Too bad it's in the 90s and we have a severe weather alert, and I don't have any tennis balls, or a partner. Maybe in the morning I can bully talk a friend into joining me.

I got my mom to finally start reading HP. She's been reading SS for quite some time now and once in a while she asks me stuff like "why did they pay the owl?" or "why is that snipe (sic) guy so mean?" For some reason, I don't think she's as big as a fan as I am.

To everyone who is injured - feel better soon.


Ydnam96 - Jul 24, 2005 8:43 pm (#1905 of 2963)

WOW you guys, Lexicon Steve posted on the corrections to the lexicon page! It's the first time I've ever seen Lexicon Steve post!!! Nice to see you Steve!!!!

Disneyland was fun, I got a sunburn, but that's okay. It's not that bad. I had a good time, the soaring over California was pretty cool! It's like you are parasailing over the state. Smile


Herm oh ninny - Jul 24, 2005 10:16 pm (#1906 of 2963)

Fbv- I hope you are feeling better! At least you landed on an area with some padding!

Denise- I'm sorry about the baby bird My father would have a field day in your back yard. He breeds birds for a hobby and you have quite a collection out there!

Ponine- I know exactly what you mean. I talk to some of my friends who claim to be fans, and they ask me some absurd questions! My one friend, who has read all the books and seen all the movies, actually said to me tonight "wow, it was soo cool to find out who Tom Riddle was(he just finished HBP). I can't believe he is Voldemort!" I almost fell over!! I was like "Did you read COS or not??" Honestly By the way, your avatar is adorable! I love dogs!


Ponine - Jul 25, 2005 2:58 am (#1907 of 2963)

Herm oh ninny - I had to laugh when I read that part about your friend - That is honestly worse than any of mine - At least they knew who Tom Riddle was, and while I never thought they deserved any credit for that, I suppose I was wrong... **giggles** And thank you - It is my Mio, the only thing I keep noticing when I see it is that the picture makes his nose may look big....

I am trying to work my way through the HBP posts, but golly, there are so many of them, and they just keep multiplying out of control...

And I am sorry about posting on the wrong thread (corrections), but I almost fell off my chair when I saw Steve in person!! Come on in and sit for a while Steve! **Thinks this is cause for a butterbeer and cockroachcluster celebration**

Have a great day everyone!!


Madam Pince - Jul 25, 2005 4:20 am (#1908 of 2963)

Arrrrghhhh... what a start to a day. I've been awake for the past two hours (about three hours before I normally wake up) because we had a big thunder-and-lightning storm, and I had to try to calm down a frantic 80-lb. yellow labrador retriever. Sigh....


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 25, 2005 4:42 am (#1909 of 2963)

Well, I am happily ensconced in Bar Harbor, Maine and could not believe we have computer access! Yippee!

Catherine, I have no way of accessing email so I have to post the message here: They have pirate T-shirts! And you won't believe what they say! Want one????

Madam Pince, I had friends who had to give their Golden Retriever tranquilizers when thunderstorms occurred. Hard to believe these guys are actually hunting dogs.


Catherine - Jul 25, 2005 5:19 am (#1910 of 2963)

Catherine, I have no way of accessing email so I have to post the message here: They have pirate T-shirts! And you won't believe what they say! Want one???? --Lupin is Lupin


(Note to newer Forum members: last September 19th we celebrated "National Talk Like a Pirate Day." The chat room experience that night was a swash-buckling good time )


Loopy Lupin - Jul 25, 2005 8:49 am (#1911 of 2963)


Hope everyone had a good weekend. I went to see my niece and nephews and delivered HBP to one of the nephews. Turns out niece was miffed that she didn't get one. So, I had to let her borrow my own copy.



Good Evans - Jul 25, 2005 8:57 am (#1912 of 2963)

Just wanted to mention that when I was in Boscastle last week at the witches and wizards museum, they had a "hand of glory" and explained how it was used, where the legend came from (dead hanged men’s actual hands and the fingers were often used as the candle - yuck!) - I couldn't help but realise that this was the legend that JKR obviously knew about - it is reputedly supposed to give light to burglars and only to the holder of the hand. I know there has been a lot of discussion previously about hands and the hand of glory in the threads ever since Harry came across one in Borgin and Burkes in chamber - so I thought I would just mention that I have seen one and it wasn’t just Jo's imagination but this one is steeped in legend!! - If you already knew that feel free to ignore the post!!


Madam Pince - Jul 25, 2005 1:54 pm (#1913 of 2963)

Tomoe, I recently got a catalog in the mail from a furniture company (Ethan Allen, in case anyone else wants to look.) In one of their elegantly decorated rooms on display, they had a portrait of "Madame Barbe." I got so excited -- "Look, look! There's Tomoe!" And the portrait can be yours for the bargain price of only $419. U.S.


Lina  - Jul 25, 2005 2:00 pm (#1914 of 2963)

It was my birthday today (41). The painting in my avatar is a present from one of my cousins who spends his free time in painting. I like it because I really love the town in the picture, I used to spend every summer there.

Now everybody is gone, kids are in bed and I can dive in the Forum...


Catherine - Jul 25, 2005 2:10 pm (#1915 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Lina!


Snuffles - Jul 25, 2005 2:14 pm (#1916 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Lina! Hope you had a great day. That painting is fantastic, your cousin is very talented. It looks more like a photo than a painting.


mike miller - Jul 25, 2005 2:19 pm (#1917 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Lina! Your cousin has real talent. Is painting a hobby or a career?


Finn BV - Jul 25, 2005 2:44 pm (#1918 of 2963)

Happy Birthday, Lina! Better have boop get out the calendar for next year…

Your cousin is very gifted in his artwork. The details and perspective are amazing.


Marè - Jul 25, 2005 2:56 pm (#1919 of 2963)

Good evans - we went to Tintagel (King Arthur) and Polperro and so many other places (enchanted gardens etc).

Oooh I have been there as well, I loved polperro, we stayed there for two weeks and that vacation is the only reason why I will walk the entire South West Coast Path, some day...
Tintagel, although laying on a very beautiful spot, was a bit of disappointed. There weren't so many stones left on top of each other as I imagined there would be. Such a shame, it must have been such an impressing castle when it was still standing.

And as for enchanted gardens, you didn't happen to go to the lost gardens of Heligan by any chance?

And of course a happy birthday to Lina!
And finn, are you capable of sitting again?


Finn BV - Jul 25, 2005 3:15 pm (#1920 of 2963)

Thanks for asking Marè, and thanks to everybody who wished me well. I gradually improved by last night (sunday) which meant only one bad thing – I had to clear the table like usual instead of like on Saturday when I had an excuse. I went to tennis today and played fine; just couldn't sprint as fast as usual.

Herm oh ninny - Jul 25, 2005 3:24 pm (#1921 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Lina! That painting is beautiful....I can barely draw stick figures LOL

Madam Pince- I have a 10lb chihuahua who starts shaking like a leaf the minute she hears thunder. She usually comes running into whatever room we are in and tries to bury herself in someone's lap

We took our class on a field trip today to the movies and we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I again spent the entire movie thinking that Augustus Gloop was really Dudley


Lina  - Jul 25, 2005 3:36 pm (#1922 of 2963)

Thank you all for the nice wishes! You are a treasure!

No, it is really not my cousin's career. He is retired now from his career, so he can spend more time with painting (and grandchildren).

I'm glad to read that you are feeling much better, Finn, and back to playing. Just take care of yourself and your body!

I feel like it is Sunday tomorrow, but unfortunately it isn't. Just this week of working until vacation! Yes! Looking forward!

Waves to all!


Madam Pince - Jul 25, 2005 4:14 pm (#1923 of 2963)

Happy, happy birthday, Lina! Welcome to the world of 41! Come on in -- the water's fine!

That's a lovely picture by the way -- your cousin is a good artist! And what a pretty town to spend your summers in!

Glad you are feeling better, Finn!

I'm sooooo dragging this evening, due to the early morning "wake-up" with the storm. Did you hear it, Mike Miller? I think it started around 5:00am where we are. We surely needed the rain, but I feel so sorry for the pup-pup when she gets all agitated. She doesn't act like she's afraid, exactly, it's more like she's letting us know that there's something out there that's being very loud. ("Yes, thank you dear, I hear it!")


Accio Sirius - Jul 25, 2005 5:17 pm (#1924 of 2963)

Lina, Happy Birthday. I second Madam Pince. So far, 41 is just fine. That was a lovely present.

Catherine--Great Aunt Helen was a dish! What a very cool avatar.

My daughter's swim team is finally over, but we are going on vacation soon. I was hoping to catch up on all of the threads before we go, but I don't think that's going to happen. Any chance you guys could slow down the pace? No? Oh well. Just more to read. I'm taking my time with the book because I've waited sooo long for it, I don't want the thrill of something new to be over. At the same time, however, discovering the Lexicon and all of the discussions kept it all so alive for me the last time, so I won't feel as bad when I'm done reading. Hope everyone has a great Monday.


Catherine - Jul 25, 2005 5:28 pm (#1925 of 2963)

Yay! Welcome back, Accio Sirius, and I'm glad that swim team is coming to a close, if you can be with us more.

(I guess I need to sort my priorities....)

Thanks for the "dish" comment about "Great-great Aunt Helen." Yes, she was supposed to be very beautiful. We have her steamer trunk, and I always wonder what she packed in it!

I suppose that trunk reminds me of Harry's trunk. Alas earwax, we don't have Sneakoscopes, Two-way mirrors, or Invisibility Cloaks in ours.

Our house DOES have an abundance of dirty socks, however.


Ydnam96 - Jul 25, 2005 5:43 pm (#1926 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Lina!!!

So I went hiking this morning (early this morning) up a trail behind the college in the foothills of the Angels National Forrest. It's about a mile long but it rises 1,000 feet in that mile. It's a rough course. It takes a really fit person about 45 mins to do it. It takes me an extra half an hour cause I have to stop so often to breathe. About half way up I want to die and I seriously reconsider why it is I continue to hike.

Anyway. So I made it up with my coworkers (we're getting ready for our big hiking trip in Yosemite/Ansel Adams Wilderness in two weeks) sat at the top for a while and started back down the hill. Right at the bottom there is a REALLY steep part. It's one of those that you have to take at a run because if you go any slower you will slip and fall anyway. So I step down to start my descent and I fall on my butt. I laughed and got up and went to try again. I got about halfway down the hill and I fell flat on my knees then my palms hit the ground and I slid the rest of the way down the hill. Luckily the bottom of the trail is on the property of a fire station, so the firemen cleaned my cuts and scrapes up. I'm okay, I was laughing when it happened. I mean, it hurts, but I didn't break anything and that's amazing. Plus the fire men weren't that bad looking Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 464751818  But now my knees are stinging and hurting and like twice their normal size. And I realized you can't keep bandaids on the palms of your hands...they keep coming off...

Oh well. It was an adventure. And all before 8am!


dizzy lizzy - Jul 25, 2005 5:54 pm (#1927 of 2963)

Now that is what I call a good mornings work Ydnam...Hope the hands and knees settle down soon


EDIT: Happy Birthday Lina!


Chemyst - Jul 25, 2005 5:55 pm (#1928 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Lina!   Does you cousin know that folks around the world are admiring his painting?

Finn, is that what they call bum luck?

Madam Pince, when you saw Madame Barbe in the catalog, did you wait for her to blink?

Mandy, could you please enlighten me on what the connection is between mountain climbing and being a residence director? I know it has been years since I've been in school, but the R.D. I was familiar with did a bit of paperwork in the mornings, watched soaps in the afternoon, and waited for her boyfriend to show up in the evening. Her only real physical activity, well, during the daytime, was walking to her reserved parking space. Your job sounds much more interesting.


Catherine - Jul 25, 2005 6:01 pm (#1929 of 2963)

Finn, is that what they call bum luck? –Chemyst


I think that qualifies...

EDIT: Lina, I totally admire your cousin's painting--it is a beautiful scene, and I wish I could see it "close up!"


Stephanie M. - Jul 25, 2005 6:25 pm (#1930 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Lina!!! I wish you many, many more. I love the painting that your cousin made you! That location looks oddly familiar, but I highly doubt I've actually been there.

Finn, glad your feeling better. Too bad you still have to help clean up.

My leg is better but I'm still stretching it so it won't cramp up as easily. I think it was part not swimming too many work outs and not drinking enough water. But my Swim coach said that it could also be from not getting enough vitamin A, but I doubt that because I eat my vegetables and I take vitamins.


Ydnam96 - Jul 25, 2005 6:33 pm (#1931 of 2963)

Chemyst, here at the school I work at we are very intentional about working with our resident assistants in training them to be leaders (It's a Christian school as well so we have a large spiritual focus). Part of the leadership/resident assistant training components is Walkabout. It is a 10 day backpacking trip we take every August with all the RAs for that year as well as many faculty and staff members (the President of the College comes as well as the Senior VP, and the Dean of Students).

We are the single largest users of the Sierra National Forrest every year, as we take about 100 people in when we go. We are broken up into about 10-13 teams and we all hike to different destinations with in the National Forrests up there. Usually to a lake. We do not take tents, it's fully on hard core backpacking. We pump all our water, cook on little camp stoves, and use the potty in the wilderness.

Our RAs also do a 2 day solo period where they are placed out in the wilderness (usually right around the lake) and spend two days alone. It's called Solo. We also spend a day rock climbing and repelling. The purpose of the trip is to 1. show the RAs how community is built (in this case very quickly because of forced dependence on one another) 2. How strong they really are (because most of them have never done anything like this in their lives) and give them confidence and 3. It gets them away from the world for a while and teaches them to focus on themselves and God and their relationships. Then we bring them back to campus and do regular RA training for two weeks before all the students move in. It is quite a unique program, this is the 31st year for Walkabout at this school! We've never had anyone seriously injured or killed (which is quite an accomplishment if you think about it). We have to train very hard and we make sure we have very qualified guides on every team. It is very meaningful for all of us who go on it.

To be honest, I hated it last year when I was hiking...but looking back I'm glad I did it. I never knew how much I appreciated the modern conveniences like running water, my bed, my toilet, not being rained and hailed on, or getting to sleep inside. Smile It also showed me that I could do way more than I thought I could. It's all about the next step. That's all you have to focus on.

Sorry for the long post, but that is Walkabot in a nutshell.

BTW- I definetly don't have time to watch soap operas, in fact I work way more than a forty hour week. We are in the office for a regularish amount of time every day, have meetings with all of our individual RAs each week, with the professional staff twice a week, a staff meeting with our whole RA staff once a week. We have monthly events for each living area, monthly events for women and men's specific programming, and monthly events for the upperclassmen/freshman respectively that are educational. We are also responsible for all of the student discipline on campus, we each take care of the residents in our living area. I have 356 residents this coming year. We also share in being the emergency contact 24 hours a day on a rotating weekly schedule (where we can't really leave campus). It's quite a demanding job. But I love it!!!!


Puck - Jul 25, 2005 6:43 pm (#1932 of 2963)

Just wanted to say a quick hello! It's been ages since I posted here! I finished Maya's quilt at 10:30 pm on the 16th, and immediately picked up HBP, which I promised myself I wouldn't start until the quilt was finished.

Now, just getting ready for baby while obsessively re-reading bits of HBP and the others, looking for clues and connections. Only have about 7 more weeks of this pregnancy thing, and looking forward to being able to bend over and tie my shoes! Denise, are you with me?

Okay, must go to sleep. Have been up late with Harry Potter most nights, and need to rest!

Hope all are doing well!



Finn BV - Jul 25, 2005 6:59 pm (#1933 of 2963)

Finn, is that what they call bum luck? –Chemyst

You said it, Chemyst.

Mandy, sorry to hear about your tough climb. Our trip this past June took us to the Tetons, Yellowstone, and the Redwoods, and finished us in San Fran. In 2004, we went more south through Bryce, Zion, Escalante, and Yosemite, and many others. I would name Tetons and Yosemite the most amazing places I have ever been to, with Bryce a close third. Hope you have a fantastic time. Incidentally, your story reminds me of our first day on our trip this past June – the day after we arrived, my dad picked out the toughest hike we would take the whole two weeks – a five miler, 1000 feet up and down in the Tetons. We had fun anyway. Enjoy yourself.


Madam Pince - Jul 25, 2005 7:36 pm (#1934 of 2963)

Mandy, so sorry about your fall this morning! Hope it's better in the morning. Your camping trip sounds fantastic, though! You're right -- nothing like not having running water to give you an appreciation for the things you don't usually notice, is there?

Chemyst, at a price of $419, you'd certainly have thought that the "Madame Barbe" painting would blink, wouldn't you? Alas, no. It was lovely though. She has a great dress which you can't really see all of in Tomoe's avatar. Sort of reminiscent of Catherine's hubby's great-great aunt (who is also lovely, by the way!)


Herm oh ninny - Jul 25, 2005 7:42 pm (#1935 of 2963)

Lina- I know exactly how you feel. I go on vacation next week too and it seems like it is taking forever!


Amilia Smith - Jul 25, 2005 7:54 pm (#1936 of 2963)

Wow! I am completely off the forum all weekend, and there are only 50-odd posts to catch-up on in the chat thread! Of course, there are well over 3,000 in the spoiler threads . . .

Well, I had an absolutely lovely weekend. Friday was the last day of my Cataloging and Classification class, and while it was a relief to have finally survived it, it was also rather sad. Learning to catalog in three weeks was such an intense experience I felt I had bonded with my classmates and my professor. I'll miss it.

However, as I have no more classes until Fall starts, I celebrated by going to the public library and picking up a foot high stack of cheesy novels. :-)

Saturday, I got together with friends from church for breakfast, after which we went to Waimanalo Beach. Needless to say, I am a bright lobster red today. Lots of fun, though. I learned to body-surf (sort of), and tried to learn to skim. I had never heard of skimming before. You stand on the shore and toss the board (like a boogie board, but shorter) onto the water when it is really thin. Then you jump onto the board and ride it out into the waves like a skateboard. That's what happens in theory, anyway. I fell every time. Several of the guys were really good, though.

I am glad to hear that everyone is healing nicely from their bumps and bangs. Lizzie: How is your foot doing? I didn't see an update.

Good luck on getting that sleep, Kathy. I have never been pregnant, but I remember when my sister was expecting my nephew. She didn't sleep well at all that last month. More power to both you and Denise. My mother's theory is that God made that last month so miserable so that you would be willing to do anything to no longer be pregnant.

Lina: That's the quality of the great writer, you have no idea where is she going to take you and what "insignificant" detail is going to become important. I felt that way too. And it is not so much what happens, but how it happens. If that makes any sense.

Julie: So cool that you got to see a Hand of Glory! Did you know that besides giving light to only the holder, they would keep the owners of the house being robbed asleep as long as it was burning? Theoretically, of course. :-)



dizzy lizzy - Jul 25, 2005 8:42 pm (#1937 of 2963)
Edited Jul 25, 2005 9:44 pm

Mills: I ended up with getting my foot strapped on Friday. Which is fun in itself as I am allergic to plaster and Elastoplast. So the physiotherapist taped my foot up with a hypo-allergenic tape and then put the real stuff on top. Instant relief. I finally took the strapping off on Monday morning and have subsequently acquired a very mild case of contact dermatitis. I am hoping this will heal up soon and not spread.

So I have traded one problem with another. To be honest I can handle the itching far better than the pain and inability to walk properly; so it is a fair trade off in my mind.

The car is now getting fixed and I will be able to start work again tomorrow. So I am rather pleased about that. But the last two days have been a real bonus for me. We've had beautiful calm days and lots of sunshine and the pleasure of spending time outside with my puppies - what more could I want? Seeing Julia's Rabbi's playing beer pong??? (thanks for hilarious image Julia!) *waves*



Cornelia - Jul 25, 2005 11:31 pm (#1938 of 2963)

Happy belated Birthday Lina!!


Lina  - Jul 26, 2005 12:59 am (#1939 of 2963)

Wow, Catherine, that portrait is really great!

Mandy, when you started to talk about that steep part of the path, the first thing I thought of was your ankle.

Thank you all for the compliments for my cousin's painting. Unfortunately, he doesn't know that it is admired all around the world. I'll try to find the way to tell him. I'm afraid he does not even sell them, he just enjoys painting and giving the paintings to people who like the view.

I haven't managed to put the number of "new" posts in the Spoilers thread under 3000 which is quite frustrating. I would agree with whoever said "How about slowing down a little?" but I know very well that it is not possible.

Oh, yes, Finn, I wanted to say something about Betty: You know, even if she were a skilled Legilymens, time and space count in the Wizarding world! I came to the Forum around a year ago, and the Chat thread was not among the first threads that I discovered... And we are obviously not able to be in the chat room at the same time. So there is no way anybody would know when is my birthday unless I say it.

Enjoy your time, everybody!


The giant squid - Jul 26, 2005 3:13 am (#1940 of 2963)

Oy! I've finally made it back to the Forum! Sadly, I have to work tomorrow morning, so I don't have time to slog through the 5 billion posts in the Spoiler threads just yet. By the time I get to it, they'll be open and y'all will have truly run rampant, I'm sure. Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 1242194059

It's kinda funny seeing Marie E.'s posts about me after we've spent the weekend hanging out... Weird.

Happy Birthday to Chemyst, Lina and anyone else I missed over the past week. There were a lot of posts to catch up on, and I've already forgotten the first ones.



mike miller - Jul 26, 2005 6:08 am (#1941 of 2963)

Madame Pince - Yes I did hear the thunderstorms come through. They woke me up at about 4:15am; and that's pretty tough to do as I've been known to sleep through firetrucks going by the house.

The number of posts on the "Spoiler" threads is a bit daunting. I've become even more selective than I am over here.


Elanor - Jul 26, 2005 6:56 am (#1942 of 2963)

Happy belated birthday Lina!

I'm also sending healing and cheering charms to everyone who would not feel very well! **concentrating hard**

Here, everything is okay. I'm starting to prepare everything that I will need to take to Accio since I'm leaving on Thursday morning. There are papers, books and lists everywhere!

I'm starting to feel really nervous now that it is so close. I am practising the presentation every day so to try not to butcher English too much (Okay, I know I will anyway...). Susan Sipal, from Mugglenet, with which I will share a time-slot at Accio, also asked me to be panelist at her book 7 panel on the Sunday morning so I am trying, in a hurry, to finish my reread of the HBP and print the parts that could be interesting for that. The closer we get to Accio, the more I understand what Ron must feel before a Quidditch match... I bet you I'll be a "delicate shade of green" by Saturday!

Have a great day everybody!


Ydnam96 - Jul 26, 2005 7:59 am (#1943 of 2963)

Lina, actually my ankle did fine! I was so happy it didn't hurt at all Smile. Today my knees are quite sore though...

Your cousin is quite a talented artist. It's a beautiful painting. You are lucky to have such a relative!

Elanor, I think you will do fine! You have wonderful English so don't worry about it. I'm so proud to have so many from the forum participating at Accio. Wish I could go. It sounds like more fun than my backpacking trip Wink

Okay off to dress my wounds before work. Have a great day everyone.


Catherine - Jul 26, 2005 9:00 am (#1944 of 2963)

I bet you I'll be a "delicate shade of green" by Saturday!—Elanor

Sounds lovely.

Best of luck to you at Accio, and I hope all our Forum attendees have a wonderful time.

Good luck to Mandy on your backpacking trip.

I may be turning green myself, today. It is forecast to go over 100 degrees, and there are heat warnings again. I'm really hoping that people will take pity on me today and not bring huge boxes of books for the Humane Society book sale, because I just don't feel like unloading anymore!

Stay cool, everyone!


Madam Pince - Jul 26, 2005 9:40 am (#1945 of 2963)

Did you know that besides giving light to only the holder, they would keep the owners of the house (from) being robbed asleep as long as it was burning? – Amilia

Thank you for posting that! I knew I remembered something about the Hand of Glory from the past, but I couldn't quite place it -- your tidbit was it! I remember reading a scary story from when I was about ten or so, and it had to do with the Hand of Glory keeping the robbers out of the house, and somehow the candle went out and the robbers got in -- it all came back to me in a rush when you posted that! Thanks again!

Welcome back, squid Mike! Enjoy all the posts!

Everyone who's going to Accio -- have a great time! We will all be wishing we were there too! Elanor -- good luck on your presentation! I know you'll do a great job!

What a lovely day here today -- high temperature of 97F and low of 80F.  Chat & Greetings 2005 - Page 6 1242194059


Denise P. - Jul 26, 2005 10:05 am (#1946 of 2963)

We are in the middle of a miserable heat wave. It is only about 95°F but the heat index is about 107°F. Our pool temperature was up to 93°F yesterday.

My avatar was taken last year, 4 generations of the women in my family. My mother is no longer with us so my Aunt (her sister) stood in for her. All three of my daughters are in there and the one girl kneeling in front is my neice.


Catherine - Jul 26, 2005 10:23 am (#1947 of 2963)

We are in the middle of a miserable heat wave. It is only about 95°F but the heat index is about 107°F. Our pool temperature was up to 93°F yesterday. –Denise

Only 95 degrees F? That's plenty hot. It was in our paper today that some people are buying huge blocks of ice to put in their swimming pools to cool them down.

I love the idea of having the four generations of women in your family together for a picture, Denise. What a great idea.


Chemyst - Jul 26, 2005 11:38 am (#1948 of 2963)

If we are going to give miserable heat wave stories, I'm sure my son would be near the top of the list. He is at a Civil Air Patrol Encampment at Ft. Benning, GA, this week. (This is where teens go to "play boot camp.") The heat index there is 110° with 60% humidity, most of their activities are outdoors, and their required uniforms include long camo pants and combat boots.

That is a very neat avatar picture, Denise. We'd never have been able to do it on our family though. My one grandmother was born in 1876 and my other in 1874. Even though one of them lived to be 93, I was still too young to have kids when she died. In my little sister's case, three generations had kids when they were in their 40s, so there is 128 year spread between the birth of my youngest niece and the birth of her great-grandmother.


Edit for comment on next post:

Good Evans, you'd think they could at least have a white reflector hard hat!


Good Evans - Jul 26, 2005 11:41 am (#1949 of 2963)

Mare - no it wasn’t the heligon gardens that we went to as the doggie would not have been allowed in - but we went to some caves at St Neot, and part of the grounds (above ground obviously!!!) was an enachanted garden with loads of fairies etc, I will try to change my avatar to one of the pictures, they were really beautiful.

There was a wedding there while we were there - so we couldn't go in to the caves, but the party looked Very odd in their wedding outfits and hard hats! The bride had a beautiful medieval style dress (think galadriel LOTR) but with the yellow hard hat - well.......


Marie E. - Jul 26, 2005 12:24 pm (#1950 of 2963)

Whew! We got back last night from our drive from North Dakota and let me tell you, my children barely survived. There were moments when I could have cheerfully pushed them out of the car and kept on going! I had a great time seeing my family and catching up on all the gossip. My brother (giant squid) and I found out that one of our younger cousins is a fellow HP fan. He said he was going to give her the address of the Lexicon (did you, Mike? because I can if you forgot). I knew she was one of us when she said her boyfriend asks her why she's watching the movies over and over.

I would have been on here last night except when I walked in the door I saw a tiny trail of small black ants crawling up the baseboard of my stairs. I was having an absolute cow over them and hubby dearest was so calm. He said as long as they haven't found any food or anything why should we care. Um, maybe because I will not live in a house infested with ants!! Maybe infested is a little harsh, but they are all over our basement level. We followed their trail to our storage space under the stairs (cupboard under the stairs, if you will) and found them coming in three different spots around some bolts. Hubby explained to me what the bolts were and their purpose but I couldn't hear over the voice in my head screaming ANTS! He filled in the spaces with some squirty-foam stuff and the number of ants has dwindled considerably. I will buy some spray and traps later today. Until then, picture me twitching uncontrollably.

Edit: I just saw that there's over a thousand posts waiting for me at in the spoiler folder. *sobs quietly*
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Snuffles - Jul 26, 2005 12:59 pm (#1951 of 2963)

Marie, your post made me laugh! It makes you wonder why we have children, all they do is give you grief and grey hairs! Which is also why I bow down like Dobby to Denise P, who must have the patience of a saint.

Men always seem to take the relaxed position when it comes down to creepies in the house. We get wood lice in the porch, hubby says don't worry there is only a few, while I'm shouting "If they aren't paying rent, they're not stopping!"

Hope you get the ant problem sorted, you should get Squid Mike round, with all his tenticles he could collect them all in no time!!

Good luck with the 1000+ post reading.



Catherine - Jul 26, 2005 1:40 pm (#1952 of 2963)

Until then, picture me twitching uncontrollably. --Marie E.

Welcome back, Marie, and my condolences on having critters in your house.

Madame Pince's advice to me this spring about Terro (insert trademark thingy) traps was excellent. That cleared our problem right up, and we haven't had a repeat of the unfortunate ant event.

I will agree with Snuffles that, based on my own experience, hubbies can take a rather more laissez-faire attitude about critters in the house than we ladies of the house do.


Stephanie M. - Jul 26, 2005 2:46 pm (#1953 of 2963)

My cousins used to have a recurring ant problem at their old Country house. Maybe that's why they moved...

No, they moved because they found a bigger, nicer house that has a wasp/bee problem! What and improvement!

Off to go prime my sister's wall!


boop - Jul 26, 2005 3:59 pm (#1954 of 2963)

Happy Birthday Lina, hope you had a great day.


Madam Pince - Jul 26, 2005 4:14 pm (#1955 of 2963)

***waves to boop***

Marie, I sympathize with the ant problem. The first year we were married, I was downstairs in a room that has absolutely no food in it anywhere (we live in a raised ranch, so all the kitchen, etc., is upstairs.) I noticed this little moving black line going up the wall, and when I went to investigate, I saw that it was a solid line of tiny little ants! I was curious as to where they were going, so I followed the line, into the built-in media cabinet, and under the VCR. Took the VCR off the shelf, and couldn't see any ants. After scratching my head awhile, I got out the screwdriver and did exactly what all the directions say not to do ("Do not remove this panel. No user-servicable parts inside.") (I'm such a rebel, aren't I?) Anyway, gross me out! There was a huge knot/nest of ants all piled on top of each other, filling the entire inside corner of the VCR! I went screaming and hopping all around the room as we females are sometimes wont to do -- I mean, it was totally disgusting -- it was a glob of ants about six inches across! And I still can't figure it out -- there was no food in there or anything. So after I viciously murdered all the ants and cleaned out the interior of the VCR and put it back together, it worked fine.

That has nothing to do with your ant problem, I realize. Oh well, just thought it was interesting. As Catherine says, try "Terro!"


Catherine - Jul 26, 2005 4:23 pm (#1956 of 2963)

As Catherine says, try "Terro!" --Madame Pince

I can't take credit for that one. You said it first. I'm a reluctant poisoner--I have kids and curious pets in the house, but that Terro (insert trademark thingy) works like a charm.

I also used a product by the same company to sprinkle outside, around the perimeter of the house, and I think that is one reason we have had such good results.

The animal control guy who came to our house many times in our quest to rid ourselves of Blossom the Oppossum was in his "personal truck" vs. his "animal control truck" the other day. I've seen him so often that I waved at him and he grinned and waved back at me when our trucks crossed paths.

Does anyone else have the sense that too many critters have tried to make themselves at home here?


Marie E. - Jul 26, 2005 6:14 pm (#1957 of 2963)

I was at SuperTarget and they haven't heard of Terro so I bought something else. It said "odorless" and "kills on contact" so I figured it must be pretty good. I can vouch for both of those statements. These silly ants have been hanging around since the Spring but have finally made a grand appearance. Too bad for them!

I'm sorry I forgot earlier-Happy Birthday Lina!


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 26, 2005 6:31 pm (#1958 of 2963)

LOL Madame Pince. What a great story. I like to use the ant traps. We get lots of ants in the spring.

Catherine it never hurts to stay friendly with important people! LPO


Finn BV - Jul 26, 2005 6:46 pm (#1959 of 2963)

Well it got up 103°F this afternoon! Scorching heat!

Sorry about the ants Marie. We've recently found them living in the cracks of our picnic table, which we eat breakfast off of every morning! (What with this and all of our stories I'm sure insect-haters will be completely grossed out, but… Tough luck! )

I was in a concert tonight at my music (day) camp. I mainly play piano (as many of you know ) but to be a part of the larger ensembles I play percussion in the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Tonight, out of the seven combined pieces we were playing in those two groups, I was playing crash cymbals on 4! I only got my lesson on playing them this morning. Against many people's thoughts, playing crash cymbals is not the easiest thing in the world. To make sure they aren't sucked together, you always have to play them in an upward motion, which is especially hard when you have lots of repeated notes. Anyway, we had a great time – played all the pieces really well – until we got to the last one, called Space and Beyond. It was a medley of "Also Sprach Zarathustra," which was made famous by being in 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Star Trek Theme, "Mars" from Holst's The Planets (which is impossible to get out of your head ), and Star Wars' main and end themes. Playing crash cymbals, I lost track of where we were at one point (while I was trying to help somebody else who couldn't count find where we were ) and got ahead by four measures. So, during a delicate flute solo (very soft!) I came in with this roaring crash cymbal, which, I knew right before I struck them together, was definitely wrong.

The conductor shot a funny glance at me, and then she cued me in four measures later so I knew where I was. I can't get over that! Oh, well. It's better than my friend who lost his music to the same piece, or the trumpets who didn't even play when they were supposed to during Space. Needless to say, that piece didn't go amazingly well. And it was the last piece on the concert too! Oh, well. We'll play it in our last concert on Friday.

Now that I have bored you with that long story, I will go off to press the "Mark as Read" button in the HBP spoiler folder.

**presses button**


Ponine - Jul 26, 2005 7:43 pm (#1960 of 2963)

finn: So, during a delicate flute solo (very soft!) I came in with this roaring crash cymbal, which, I knew right before I struck them together, was definitely wrong.

I am sorry Finn, but that is really a funny story - even if it is painful now, you will find it hilarious in ten years! I certainly have my fair share of stories that are left for dead for ten (and a few for twenty ) years before they feel distant enough to be funny


Stephanie M. - Jul 26, 2005 7:45 pm (#1961 of 2963)

Crash cymbals! That sounds fun! I want to play them!!!

(You know me though... I said to one of my friends, "Hey, What is this instrument?" and they responded, "Steph, that's a microphone stand." So I doubt I'll be a good Crash cymbals player.)

Oh, By the way what are crash cymbals? I better go click that link Finn gave us.

Nighty Night everyone! Sweet Dreams! Don't dream about the DOM or Author Weasley being attacked by a giant snake! Because though are not pleasant dreams at all!


Amilia Smith - Jul 26, 2005 8:28 pm (#1962 of 2963)

Guess what? I went to Borders yesterday for my new Jasper Fforde book (the one I have been waiting for for months and boring you all by going on and on about it both here and in the Recommended Reading thread), and I had a coupon for 30% off that I had gotten when I bought HBP. Unfortunately, the coupon had expired on the 24th. But when I asked if I could use it anyway, the very nice clerk said, "Sure, why not. They'll yell at me later this week, but hey, customer service!" Well, it certainly worked for me. I bought my two July books from them, and will come back to them when the new Connie Willis book comes out too. :-)

Well, Finn, my band directors always said, "Play out! I don't care if you make mistakes. I want to hear them!" Better luck on Friday.

Madam Pince: Very interesting twist with the Hand of Glory keeping the robbers out . . .

Elanor: If I don't "see" you before you leave, good luck on your presentation. I have finally braved the HBP Alchemy thread, and I must say, I am amazed. Also, I am finding it much easier to understand this time around than when I tried to read the original Alchemy thread last year. I am sure you will do wonderfully.



Denise P. - Jul 26, 2005 8:36 pm (#1963 of 2963)

Woo hoo! I just took a significant cut in my best Minesweeper time for Expert. I don't get through Expert nearly as often as I would like, usually I make a mistake when I have less than 20 mines left. My best time before now was 252 second. I just did it in 227! Now, JKR's best time is 99 seconds so I officially hate her for that. I wanna know how she does it!!

Thanks for the comment on the pic, it was taken about a year ago and you can see how speedy my brother was in sending it to me. I tried to put the family name in there but WX won't allow me since part of the name, by itself, could be considered vulgar.

Good luck Elanor!


Chemyst - Jul 26, 2005 9:36 pm (#1964 of 2963)

Catherine, I fully expected Finn to rush to your rescue and post on how to insert trademark thingys, since he seems to like to do that sort of stuff. But then after reading about how his knight-in-shining-armor tendencies made him miss four measures and turned to night-of-crashing-cymbals...   well...  (please excuse me while I stop laughing.)

OK. Try this:   ™ for ™
...or try this:   ® for ®

...and to make degree signs, as in "It cooled to 83° by midnight," use °

(cough to compose myself)   I'm really sorry about your concert, Finn. But take heart, embarrassment is seldom fatal. We'll send you timing charms for Friday.


The giant squid - Jul 26, 2005 11:30 pm (#1965 of 2963)

He said he was going to give her the address of the Lexicon (did you, Mike? because I can if you forgot)--Marie E.

What are you talking about? Of course I forgot! I've asked other relatives for her e-mail address (yup, forgot to get that, too) and will pass on the information at the first opportunity. Or, you could do it when you're finished committing anticide.

Finn, your cymbal story brought back some fond(?) memories of my days in band. At least your slip was a quick crash--try accidentally hitting a loud Eb on the trombone about 3 measures early... As Chemyst said, embarrassment isn't fatal. The best thing to do is own up to it, smile through it and keep on going. Heck, make a joke of it--next time you're rehearsing, throw in a few extra crashes for fun!



Lina  - Jul 27, 2005 2:20 am (#1966 of 2963)

Denise, that is a great picture. I like family reunions of any kind.

Finn, I'm quite sure that the concert on Friday will be perfect.

Thank you all for your birthday wishes again. I'm just looking forward to the next week... Vacation!


Catherine - Jul 27, 2005 4:11 am (#1967 of 2963)

Thank you, Chemyst, for the tips. I can now recommend Terro™ with complete correctness and confidence.

Our newspaper just said that today we will probably beat previous heat records. It also showed newspaper staff people actually trying to fry an egg on a car. That seemed unnecessarily messy to me, but at least it wasn't my car.

So I expect it will be over 100°F today, and I will be appreciating our air-conditioning more than ever.

I am also really curious what family name WX won't let Denise put in her tagline!


Thora - Jul 27, 2005 6:15 am (#1968 of 2963)

Hello all, I've been a bit busy as of late, and honestly that HBP folder, eeek!

I'm very stressed out these days. My sister was rear-ended on the 14th, so my house elf was on crutches instead of being able to help for the party. It's not broken, but the ligaments are pretty bad off, she feels bad about not being able to do much, and I know she hates it and I don't hold it against her, but it's tough none-the-less.

Then on the 21st my husband was rear ended, in his company car. Luckily he's just a bit sore.

So these days I cook, clean and fetch for 5 people, fight insurance companies, visit doctors and hospitals. Then there's meetings, events and planning meetings with church, a pinata to make (that was fun though, really), and car maintenance that had to be done.

We are also looking at transfers out of state, either to Dallas TX or Charleston SC. We'll see. If we get it I get to try and sell a house (note to self: fix hole in the wall) while my hubby flies all over the country or lives in hotels for weeks at a time. Joy, Joy, Joy.

So if I'm absent a lot try not to forget me. I'll be looking in on occasion and posting less, but I still love HP and the Lex. See some of you in PA at the gathering Saturday!



Elanor - Jul 27, 2005 6:37 am (#1969 of 2963)

Thora, I'm so sorry! **sending you strengthening charms**

I just pop in to thank you all so much for your words of encouragement (I did need them), it means a lot to me! (((((((hug everybody))))))))

I wish you all a great weekend and to have a lot of fun at the gathering.

See you all next week! We'll think a lot of you all at Accio and I hope we'll be able to give you news here.

Audrey **off finishing packing her things**


Loopy Lupin - Jul 27, 2005 7:26 am (#1970 of 2963)

Don't feel bad Finn. In a past life, I played sax in high school. We were playing "Chariots of Fire" at a middle school. That song is kind of hard to get started when the saxophones (there were two of us) forget to come in in the beginning. The band leader guy really had no choice but to stop and start us over. I didn't die of embarrassment. (Well, it was actually kind of fun to make the band teacher turn a violent shade of puce, but I swear that wasn't my intention.)

Terro™ eh? Well, all I can say is that God gave man the brains to make noxious chemicals for a reason. When I want bugs dead I don't particularly want something that will spare the flowers and such; I prefer something that makes a tiny pinprick in the ozone every time you spray it.


Denise P. - Jul 27, 2005 7:58 am (#1971 of 2963)

I played flute in high school. We had an upcoming football game and we had to learn a new song. I didn't learn it well enough so I was late on purpose to form up for the pregame show. I knew I would be shoved to the back of the formation, between the tubas rather than make room for me up in the woodwinds. Heh, I marched just fine, moved my fingers and never played a note back there. No one was ever the wiser. And while I am thinking about it, I would sure like to know whose brilliant idea it was for the band to be in white pants and having to march through huge mud puddles on the football field? We wore white pants, a gold shirt, a green vest and a black gaucho hat. Casa Grande Gauchos...


Catherine - Jul 27, 2005 9:00 am (#1972 of 2963)

We wore white pants, a gold shirt, a green vest and a black gaucho hat. Casa Grande Gauchos...—Denise

Oh, dear.

That sounds almost as bad as the navy blue polyester sweatpants the girls tennis team had to wear in cold weather at my high school. I've never worn anything more unflattering in my entire life, and I am including hospital gowns in that assessment.

Marie E, I think your situation jinxed me. A few minutes ago, I saw what I thought was some dirt the dogs tracked in on my kitchen floor. A closer look showed that this black smudge moves. Turns out, a box of books left here for the Humane Society book sale managed to infest my kitchen and mudroom with ants.

Accio Terro™!


Stephanie M. - Jul 27, 2005 9:21 am (#1973 of 2963)

My sister finished POA at 3:02 AM this past morning! She said she really, really liked it. (And that's saying something) But now she is tired because she had to work today. And I was just talking to her and she said that she might even read GoF!!! I'm soo happy!


Finn BV - Jul 27, 2005 10:02 am (#1974 of 2963)

Crash cymbals! That sounds fun! I want to play them!!! … Oh, By the way what are crash cymbals? I better go click that link Finn gave us. –Steph

Couldn't have put it better myself, Steph.

Catherine, I fully expected Finn to rush to your rescue and post on how to insert trademark thingys, since he seems to like to do that sort of stuff. But then after reading about how his knight-in-shining-armor tendencies made him miss four measures and turned to night-of-crashing-cymbals... well... (please excuse me while I stop laughing.) –Chemyst

*cough* Sorry, Chemyst, what was that? Didn't hear you over my cough… or was it over the sound of a loud crash cymbal in the background? *ahem* You could also do option+2 on a Mac keyboard, but that doesn't always work for me in HTML. ™ should work fine.

Heck, make a joke of it--next time you're rehearsing, throw in a few extra crashes for fun! --Squid Mike

Strangely enough, I did have the impulse to do that today just as the orchestra was about to start. (Not kidding!) The conductor did a quick little jump and looked towards the percussion section, but I was too smart and had already ducked behind the timpani.

(Well, it was actually kind of fun to make the band teacher turn a violent shade of puce, but I swear that wasn't my intention.) --Loopy Lupin

I'm afraid that that was my intention this morning in said incident with orchestra conductor.

We wore white pants, a gold shirt, a green vest and a black gaucho hat. Casa Grande Gauchos... –Denise

Fun! And I thought playing mudball one day last summer in my tennis whites was bad…

Thora, I'm so, so, sorry! Hope everything turns for the better soon.

Good luck Audrey and everyone else going to Accio! We'll be thinking of you!

So glad my story sparked so many reminiscences (sp?) on past lives. I'll try to do that more often.

Sorry for the long post. Accio Terra™!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 27, 2005 10:24 am (#1975 of 2963)

Ants, gauchos and the use of the word 'puce'...I see I'm not missing much while on vacation.

Our Whale and Puffin watch was called on account of high seas. And Mr. Lupin is Lupin even wore his 'Prepare to be Boarded' t-shirt just for the occasion! ***waves vigorously to Catherine*** We've rebooked for Friday with high hopes of calmer seas and better visibility.

Hope cooler weather comes soon to all who need it.


Catherine - Jul 27, 2005 10:54 am (#1976 of 2963)

And Mr. Lupin is Lupin even wore his 'Prepare to be Boarded' t-shirt just for the occasion! --Lupin is Lupin[

Aww! All dressed up and no where to go. I hope you encounter better weather on Friday. **waves frantically back at Kim**

Finn, crashing your cymbals sounds like you were feeling a bit...rebellious.

And let me echo your wish to Elanor for good luck...


John Bumbledore - Jul 27, 2005 1:14 pm (#1977 of 2963)

Happy belated birthday Lina!

<)B^D= John Bumbledore


Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 27, 2005 1:23 pm (#1978 of 2963)

Lupin is Lupin that sounds like a fun trip. I hope you get to go! Good Luck Elanor, I hope you can keep us updated. What a fun thing to do. Thora I hope things improve. LOL fbv807 I'm sure the conductor will be keeping a much closer eye on you. LPO


Herm oh ninny - Jul 27, 2005 1:31 pm (#1979 of 2963)

Good luck to everyone going to Accio this weekend! (I'm soo jealous!) Gina- Snape is counting on you...hehehe

Finn- Sounds like your performance was a crashing success!(blushing at how corny that sounds ) You should have told your conductor you were under the Imperious curse and you couldn't help yourself. By the way, how HOT was it today??

AAAKKKKK! I was away from the Forum for one day and now the HBP spoilers thread is at 542! My poor eyes.....my contacts are drying out just thinking about it. I can't even imagine what it will be up too when I get back from vacation next week!Exuse me while I go look for some valium.


Madam Pince - Jul 27, 2005 1:33 pm (#1980 of 2963)

Yucky day -- awakened at 3:00am; then overslept; rushed around; pointless field trip to a park in 98-degree heat; roaring headache because of no caffeine and not enough water in the heat (forgot to pack water bottle in the rush); entire jar of pickle juice on the floor which will probably draw ants due to Forum jinx; bean salad still not made for the family reunion this weekend. Sigh....

Should've stayed in bed.

Thora, hope your week looks up soon! That's been a long string of yuckys for you....

Chemyst, thanks for the tips on how to do the fun "trademark and degree thingys!" I still can't make it do, though -- does it have to be inside brackets or what? I tried all I could think of...

Welcome again to all new Forumers and returning former Forumers!

Cooling charms to all who are suffering in heat waves! We should all move in with dizzy lizzy -- isn't it winter down where she lives? Or get Ron to wave his wand around a little -- "Ron, you're making it snow," said Hermione patiently...


The giant squid - Jul 27, 2005 1:37 pm (#1981 of 2963)

Good luck (or should I say, bon chance) to Elanor and anyone else preparing for Accio!

Ah...band uniforms...our "performance" uniform was essentially a maroon polyester suit and our "marching" uniform was the same pants with that weird military-esque braided top that all marching bands wear (again, in maroon with gold braiding) and, of course, the Q-Tip hat. To this day I still cringe whenever I see maroon...

Denise, that was quite funny about how you snuck your way through next to the tubas. Of course, you would never condone your kids doing anything like that...practice, practice, practice!

Thora...dang! You've had a heck of a week, haven't you? Keep your chin up, fight the power, etc. etc. We understand if you don't come by as often...just remember that you'll always be welcome when you do return!

Marie: I sent the address to our cousin. So there. I now return to my regularly scheduled procrastination.



Madam Pince - Jul 27, 2005 1:47 pm (#1982 of 2963)

Have to get post #1982 -- year I graduated from High School!

Ha! That's the first time I've done that...

Speaking of high school, and uniforms.... why did they make all the sports uniforms and band uniforms out of that heavy, non-breathable polyester stuff? It was impossibly hot! (Ours were royal blue and something euphemistically called "gold" but it sure looked bright yellow to me.)


Catherine - Jul 27, 2005 4:10 pm (#1983 of 2963)

Speaking of high school, and uniforms.... why did they make all the sports uniforms and band uniforms out of that heavy, non-breathable polyester stuff? --Madame Pince

Pure Crucio.

Now that I'm a grumpy, overweight grown-up, I can see the need to make teens look unattractive and sweaty.

Truly, that whole band uniform thingy needs rethinking. LOL to Squid Mike about the "Q-tip hat."

I've noticed that while cheerleader outfits may be polyester, they are not (of course, I was not a cheerleader, so this is an uninformed opinion) as uncomfortable and hideous.

Perhaps I need to ring up GryffEndora and ask to borrow her "soap box for grumps." The heat has certainly brought out the worst in me...

It was 105° at 5 p.m. today.


Eponine - Jul 27, 2005 4:40 pm (#1984 of 2963)

I can attest to cheerleading uniforms being much less hideous and uncomfortable than band outfits look to be.

Yesterday was mine and Mr. Eponine's two year anniversary. He finished reading HBP yesterday too.

Has anyone on here seen Bride and Prejudice? I've watched it recently and am hopelessly addicted to those songs. Plus, the movie has Sayid from Lost as Mr. Bingley. It's a great fun movie.

I hope everyone is having a great day!


Chemyst - Jul 27, 2005 4:44 pm (#1985 of 2963)

Chemyst, thanks for the tips on how to do the fun "trademark and degree thingys!" I still can't make it do, though -- does it have to be inside brackets or what? I tried all I could think of... - Madam Pince

No, no brackets. Just an ampersand, the word "trade" and a semi-colon all scrunched together with no spaces like ™ for ™
...or ° for °

I figured it out from a link Kip posted ages ago. If I can, you can too. His link was http://www.lookuptables.com/ That opens to an ASCII table, but there are a bunch of little blue tabs all across the top and you can click on HTML codes.   Isn't this a cute one for hearts? ?

There are lots of HTML tutorials around, HTML Goodies is one of my favorites, but Kip's chart was so complete & convenient I keep it handy in my favorites. I'll be checking for you on the practice thread now.

Ah... memory lane,
I guess I had it lucky playing cello. For jr. high we had wool blend blazers that always smelled of mothballs and everyone wore their own slacks or skirt. For high school we had long sweeping black skirts and the tops were plain black with long sheer sleeves. The guys had the cutest little tux jackets, but supplied their own shirt and bow tie.


Amilia Smith - Jul 27, 2005 4:53 pm (#1986 of 2963)

Well, I didn't mind the marching band uniforms themselves nearly as much as the helmets. As we had a bagpipe band as part of our highschool, we had this whole British theme going. Our uniforms were patterned after the Queen's guard, only in the school colors of green and gold rather than scarlet and black. Only the pipers had to wear the feathered bonnets though. The rest of us wore white helmets. Think 19th century safari hunters. Which might have been fine, except that I have a big head and alot of hair, and the largest helmet was only 7 1/2. Oh, the headaches. To this day, I still will not attend a parade. I remember all too well marching along under the blazing sun, wearing wool and a too small helmet, with a blinding headache, thinking to myself, "If all these people would just go home, I wouldn't have to do this."

Herm oh ninny: Wow! You can keep your spoiler posts to 500? I am impressed. I am currently about 3,000 posts behind you.

Eponine: I read your post over a few times before I realized that you were referring to Bride and Prejudice not Pride and Prejudice. I kept trying to figure out what songs you were referring to . . . if the piano theme they play at the beginning and end of each Pride and Prejudice episode counted as a "song." :-)

Stephanie: It sounds like you have a convert! If your sister was willing to stay up till 3am reading PoA when she had to get up and go to work in the morning, she definently liked it! Congratulations.



Ladybug220 - Jul 27, 2005 4:59 pm (#1987 of 2963) Reply
Edited by Jul 27, 2005 5:02 pm

Eponine, I have seen B&P. I liked the adaptation, but I found the songs to be a bit distracting. Although, my personal favorite (for sheer entertainment) was when Darcy and Lalitha are singing on the beach in CA and they go past the choir.

I hope that everyone experiencing the heat wave manages to stay cool. It is 8 pm here in NC and it is 97°. It was 82° at 7 am. I hope that cold front gets here soon.

PS. Thanks for the degree tutorial Chemyst!


boop - Jul 27, 2005 5:23 pm (#1988 of 2963)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOWALLA!!!!!!Have a great day and evening. Sorry so late in posting, but I just got my internet back.




Catherine - Jul 27, 2005 6:10 pm (#1989 of 2963)

Ladybug! It's been a while.

I hope you and your kitties are doing well. Aren't we just wasting away in the heat??? (I don't know what the Triangle temps are, but I am assuming they are beyond awful....)

I've been getting an education from our "cat people" here in Eastern NC, and I have been practically cattle-prodded about getting enough funds to build a "cat palace."

The heat and book/yard sale is bringing them out in droves, and I really hope they give lots of money.

I'm one of those "dog people" myself, so no matter what, I am happy about funds.


Finn BV - Jul 27, 2005 6:36 pm (#1990 of 2963)

Yup, my internet was out during a thunderstorm (can you believe it? all of a sudden it became dark and branches came down and flooded the streets) as well. Only just got it back.

Happy Birthday, Kowalla!


Catherine - Jul 27, 2005 6:49 pm (#1991 of 2963)

Finn, I am hoping that WE get a thunderstorm soon.

It's kind of sad, to be wishing for that....

Reading your posts reminds me that I need to be playing tennis!


Finn BV - Jul 27, 2005 6:54 pm (#1992 of 2963)

You're welcome, Catherine. Well, I was sorta wishing for it too once I saw the wind and the clouds and the dark sky… **rubs in thunderstorm**

Well, I had to say something, to get this post, 1992! I was born this year! **does a little dance**

Hmm… what else can I say? Oh, my friend came up to me today and said, "I know who" a certain set of initials that must not be named because it is not yet July 30th "belong to!" and proceeded to name perhaps what the majority of the forumers think is the right one. And I played along and said, "Oh, really? I would have never guessed that. Mm-hmm. No kidding. You're so smart." And then I broke it to her in the end she was about two weeks too late.


virgoddess1313 - Jul 27, 2005 8:00 pm (#1993 of 2963)

All that band uniform talk back there brought back some memories I'm sure I tried to repress. I didn't have to wear them when we marched, I was fortunate enough to have been a flag girl, I only wore them once a year for concert band when we played at contest. Unfortunately, any of my complaints didn't draw much sympathy from the normal band kids.

I did have one bad year though, we had to wear skintight spandex leotards and tight, shiny spandex pants. Well flag girls are no cheerleaders and needlesss to say we were all feel a little self conscious that year. But our brightly colored outfits did earn our squad a nickname... the Ozark High School Skittlettes!


Thora - Jul 27, 2005 8:25 pm (#1994 of 2963)

Well I finally got my broom in gear, here's the link to my party pics on photobucket.




CatherineHermiona - Jul 28, 2005 3:51 am (#1995 of 2963)

Good morning, everyone! (who are awake)

Happy belated birthday, Kowalla!!!!!!!!!!

I read the book (HBP) yesterday and I am really sad (but I can't say why here until 30th July).

And about weather, it's really hot here (around 90 ° F) and only few days before it was raining for around two weeks. Is there anything between?



Catherine - Jul 28, 2005 4:59 am (#1996 of 2963)

Happy Belated Birthday to Kowalla!

Cool photos, Thora. I'm glad you "got your broom in gear."

We're supposed to have a "cold front" today--it'll only be in the 90s.

Hope everyone is well.


Snuffles - Jul 28, 2005 5:19 am (#1997 of 2963)

Good afternoon Everyone!

Thora, those pictures are great, wish I could convert some of my family into Harry Potter, alas, there is only me who can see the light!

Weather here in UK is horrible (well it is where I am!). It's raining and cold for the time of the year, only in the 60's. I musn't complain though, it sounds like alot of you need/would like a bit cooler weather. Looking at the forecast for Reading this weekend, I hope the forumers going to Accio have taken their brollies!

I had to tell you, my little girl was trying to put together a jigsaw puzzle yesterday and was struggling slightly. She muttered something and I wasn't sure if I had heard correctly, so I asked her to repeat it. She was trying to say "For goodness sake" but what she was actually saying was "For goodness Snape"!!!!!! maybe I will eventually have someone else to talk Harry Potter too!

Hope everyone has a good day.



Marè - Jul 28, 2005 5:21 am (#1998 of 2963)

Hmmm, might have to pack an extra set of jeans and some warmer sweaters. I was positive and packed for sun!


Ponine - Jul 28, 2005 5:32 am (#1999 of 2963)

I have a question for - perhaps - particularly the US forumers - what is the best way to cook corn on the cob, if there indeed is one?



Ladybug220 - Jul 28, 2005 6:08 am (#2000 of 2963)

Catherine, I have been lurking rather than posting. I fully support the need for a cat palace. My cats would love one; however, I am not ready to give half of my den away to have one. They have taken over the whole apartment and just let me live there, so I see no need for one. The asthmatic kitty has had some problems. See my profile for pictures of him in his Elizabethan collar; he was one mad kitty when that was put on him.

Warning: shameless advertising ahead! I now sell Mary Kay products and I will ship them anywhere in the continental US at no extra cost. My email address is in my profile, so please send me a message if you are interested. Shameless advertising is over

Keep cool everyone! Hopefully these insane temps will break today.
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Ladybug220 - Jul 28, 2005 6:08 am (#2000 of 2963)

Catherine, I have been lurking rather than posting. I fully support the need for a cat palace. My cats would love one; however, I am not ready to give half of my den away to have one. They have taken over the whole apartment and just let me live there, so I see no need for one. The asthmatic kitty has had some problems. See my profile for pictures of him in his Elizabethan collar; he was one mad kitty when that was put on him.

Warning: shameless advertising ahead! I now sell Mary Kay products and I will ship them anywhere in the continental US at no extra cost. My email address is in my profile, so please send me a message if you are interested. Shameless advertising is over

Keep cool everyone! Hopefully these insane temps will break today.


Chemyst - Jul 28, 2005 6:13 am (#2001 of 2963)

If you have very fresh corn, you shuck it first and plunge it into rapidly boiling water for three minutes. Use tongs.   If you are outdoors around a camp fire, you leave it in the husk and soak it in water for a while (minimum half-hour) then put it directly in the coals; turn by thirds twice, maybe a minute each side depending on how hot the coals are, –or you can cheat and wrap it (with husk still on, after soaking,) in aluminum foil, but then you don't get the earthly joy of cleaning off all the singed black flaky husk; and it comes out more steamed than roasted. Roasted is my preference.  If you are using frozen corn, the microwave is best. In all cases, serve with salt & butter.
Oh boy, it's almost August: corn season here. Mmm... corn on the cob.

Great pictures, Thora. Was that dementor's head a pinata?


Denise P. - Jul 28, 2005 6:35 am (#2002 of 2963)

Yum, corn on the cob! We steam ours usually. Second choice is to husk it and wrap it in foil to toss on the BBQ. You can also boil it or roast it. Do a google search for Corn on the Cob and probably a billion recipes will pop up. My guinea pigs love the husk and silk. I usually get them corn, break it into pieces and toss it in so they can eat it all.


Ydnam96 - Jul 28, 2005 7:22 am (#2003 of 2963)

Mmmmmm...corn on the cob with some good butter and some salt. Yum.

So the heat wave is continuing here in southern California. I think it's hot enough to cook eggs on the pavement. (I'll have to try).

Nothing too exciting going on...just work. Fun Fun.

Have a great day everyone.


Stephanie M. - Jul 28, 2005 7:27 am (#2004 of 2963)

First off I am determined to be post 2005!

Snuffles, your avatar is adorable!!!

Happy Belated Birthday to Kowalla! Sorry I couldn't wish you a happy birthday sooner!

Amilia, Thanks for congratulating me! My sister and I were watching POA the movie and after we finished (around mid night) she read the first 10 pages of GoF without me telling her to do so. Then I assume it got to late for her because she had to get up and go to work.

During the POA movie I decided I would go and get a fortune cookie and I came back into the room and the scene was were Remus was explaining the Dementers. So I opened my fortune cookie and my fortune said, "One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory." And that fortune freaked me out because as soon as I read that I was thinking Oh, my gosh that is the weirdest thing ever.(Just in case you want to know the Lucky Numbers are 7,16,28,29,34,44)

The window people are in the apartment today to wash the windows and to take the bars off the windows. (The bars have to be put up if there is a child under 10 years old so they can't fall out the window. Neville should have had bars so his relatives might not have thrown him out the window to see if he had any magic in him.)They called here to tell us that they were reading to remove the bars. And that woke me up then my dad comes into my room and wakes me up even more and says they will be up here in 10 minutes so you have to get up and get dressed. So now they already took of the bars which made dust come out and fill the room which I just happen to be allergic to. And the are nail and screws everywhere and they didn't pick it up so now we have to pick them up and hope to not step on them. Then they cleaning people are coming later.

I'll let you know how that process is going because my aunt and uncle just got their windows washed and one of the guys broke one of the windows and then they had to wait 15 hours to get a new window (and there were thunder storms) and once the new window was in the cleaning people left and didn't wash the new window so that one look worse than the other windows.

So I'll keep you all posted on the happenings of the windows.

Adios for now everyone!


Stephanie M. - Jul 28, 2005 7:28 am (#2005 of 2963)
Edited Jul 28, 2005 8:49 am

Yay! Post 2005! I was one off in my other one...

Edit: Only 172 more post to look through!!!! I just read over 200!


Loopy Lupin - Jul 28, 2005 9:21 am (#2006 of 2963)


A huge storm crashed through D.C. yesterday and brought with it a "cold front." It is only 78 degrees here today with very little humidity.

And Mr. Lupin is Lupin even wore his 'Prepare to be Boarded' t-shirt just for the occasion! -- Lupin is Lupin

Mmmm. I am sure the ensemble was made complete by plaid shorts?


Puck - Jul 28, 2005 10:47 am (#2007 of 2963)

Okay, feeling my age, as Finn was born as I was preparing to graduate from college. (Or should have been, decided to extend an extra year to double minor and go on a student exchange.)

Thank goodness the heat is gone (for now)! I've been hiding in the A/C, but haven't been able to go for my morning walks for over a week! This baby has messed with my thermostat, so if I'm outside in that kind of weather I get nauseous.

I was never in band, as I was a dancer. Sparkle and sequence for me.

Julie, love the photo! She's a beauty.

Last night was the first night in bunk beds for my older 2. We've stuffed them into one room to make room for baby. At 6:30 I heard a loud bang and went to be sure Parker hadn't fallen off the ladder. No, he had just tried to stand up in bed and banged his head on the ceiling. Said he was fine. OUCH!

Have a great time at Accio! Wish I could go!



haymoni - Jul 28, 2005 11:05 am (#2008 of 2963)

Kathy - I hope you have better luck with bunkbeds than I did.

I thought they would be great in Ungrateful Son's room - extra sleeping space without taking up too much room - fun place to play, etc.

Then it was time to change the sheets. What a pain!!! I created new cuss words everytime I did that chore.

Needless to say, the bunkbeds were donated about a year later to an organization that provided emergency housing.

Hope all is well with everyone. It's been great seeing all the new members. Guess the new book encouraged everyone to stop lurking!

Have a great day!


Madam Pince - Jul 28, 2005 11:41 am (#2009 of 2963)

Snuffles, is your new avatar of your little girl? She is an absolute angel! What a sweet face!

I'm with Denise on the corn issue -- we steam ours, and the less time, the better. Two or maybe three minutes at most. One really efficient way to butter it all over is to thoroughly butter a piece of bread (the softer the better) and then wrap the buttered piece of bread around your corn cob. When (or if) you set your corn back down on your plate, set it on the bread so it still gets the butter stuck to it. And of course, lots of salt and pepper.

Mmmmmm... I love summer! Corn on the cob with butter, salt, and pepper; fresh tomatoes just off the vine with Miracle Whip®️ salad dressing; crisp cucumbers in a vinegar/sugar/sour cream dressing; mmmmmmmmmm...

(I'm really getting good with the "trademark thingys", eh? )

Yeah, Loopy, that storm yesterday was a blessing, wasn't it? It's a lot cooler here today. Of course, we are also short one redbud tree in the front yard, thanks to the winds. Oh well, it was looking pretty sad anyway, but we just hadn't had the heart to cut it down. Now it's much easier! (Reminds me of a tip in my favorite cookbook -- when too riddled by guilt to throw out the last little bit of whatever leftover you have, just put it into the 'fridge and wait a couple weeks until it turns green and fuzzy, and then with a great lightening of heart, you can throw it away! )

I've been checking out the Washington National Zoo's Panda-Cam -- it's pretty cool, if you're into animals. The female panda gave birth to a baby just a couple weeks ago, and they have two cameras on the pair of them 24/7. It's often logjammed with video traffic during the day, but if you're up in the middle of the night (US time) you can see them sometimes. The baby is so cute! Looks rather like a miniature Blossom the Opossum right now, but still cute!


The giant squid - Jul 28, 2005 1:18 pm (#2010 of 2963)

She was trying to say "For goodness sake" but what she was actually saying was "For goodness Snape"!—Snuffles

Funny, one doesn't usually put the words "goodness" and "Snape" in the same sentence (well, except for Gina, maybe). Still, it's a good sign of a Potty in the making!



Denise P. - Jul 28, 2005 1:53 pm (#2011 of 2963)

We do the buttered piece of bread trick to butter corn as well. We found we use a lot less butter that way and then the kids eat the bread.

Kathy, get used to crashes and thuds as they discover the joy of leaping from the top bunk to the floor.

We finally have cooled off here too. I don't think we even hit 90°F today. After having pool water temps up to 93°F, it was so nice to see it at 86°F-88°F today!


Stephanie M. - Jul 28, 2005 1:56 pm (#2012 of 2963)

So the window people came 4 hours late, but they did an amazing job! It looks soo good!!!!

I hope everyone in Fort Worth, Texas is okay from the huge fire explosions at the chemical plant!!! Don't breath too much of the air outside!!!!

The fire can be seen from Dallas Texas!


septentrion - Jul 28, 2005 1:59 pm (#2013 of 2963)

Elanor and I are leaving tomorrow for Reading and the accio event. Just wanted to wish you a good week-end !


Finn BV - Jul 28, 2005 2:29 pm (#2014 of 2963)

Good luck Septentrion and Elanor! We know you'll do fine. Luck also to those forumers also going or already there.

Madam Pince and Loopy, you two must have gotten the storm we had last night (or did I mention this in my post 1992…? ). Branches down everywhere when we went out this morning. It was heaven. I finally played tennis in 81° weather. I am actually wearing jeans right now, and when I took a shower it was on warm and not cold! (This is a brilliant conversation topic we are having right now. So glad it is the most important thing our fingers can come to type. )

Edit: Numero 2014! The year I graduate from college! (How does that feel now, Kathy? )


Catherine - Jul 28, 2005 3:09 pm (#2015 of 2963)

We're still waiting for rain to cool things down. We were cooler, as we only had a high of 98° today. kudos to Chemyst and Finn that I can do the degree thingy!

Ladybug, your sentiments about the cat palace are echoed by many devoted cat lovers here. We're getting ready to start a new capital campaign to build a "cat palace" so that the puppies can occupy the current cat house. That is a win-win situation, as it means we can accept more puppies, and they will be indoors during the heat of summer and freezing temperatures in winter. Right now, we are limited in the puppies we can have at the shelter (due to their usual lack of veterinary care and the extreme prevalence and infectious nature of Parvo in our area), so we really have to rely on foster care for puppies, and we always want to make more room.

I'm pretty hot and tired, as I picked up books from house-bound senior citizens today. Many of them are delightful, and were thrilled to donate their books, and you could tell they were starved for a little attention and conversation. I ended up picking up their books because many of them don't drive, and several of them are interested in the book sale, but don't know how to get there.

I wonder if I need to send the HS van to pick them up?

EDIT: Laydbug, my sympathies to your asthmatic kitty. Elizabethan fashions are usually not appreciated by our pets!


Thora - Jul 28, 2005 4:27 pm (#2016 of 2963)

Yes the dementor was a pinata, I made another for the gathering on Saturday.

My MIL might be coming so I might be off next week.



Ydnam96 - Jul 28, 2005 5:04 pm (#2017 of 2963)

please excuse me while I vent: <> Someone is stealing checks out of my mail. Sad There are some really unfamily