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It does not get more random than this

1. Among the few things that inspire me with a visceral hatred: animated smiley-faces that bounce and leer and roll their eyes and generally act starved for attention.

2. You don't need as many Grape-Nuts as you think you do. They are denser than any other cereal; denser, even, than many a rock.

3. You might think from point #2 that I dislike Grape-Nuts. Actually I like them.

4. Am reading George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. So far, so good. Very similar to Robert Jordan in subject matter and structure, but thankfully much cleaner writing. Also, unlike Jordan's, Martin's teenage characters do not act like they just stepped off the WB.

5. Speaking of which, is it me, or does every preview for a new episode of 'The O.C.' involve one teenage boy punching another?

6. No, I don't watch 'The O.C.' No, I don't want to, either.

7. My eldest sister, a certified nurse-midwife in the Portland area, has the best stories. There was the one about the girl who ran away with a circus and then got pregnant, and wanted to know if there was a test to see if your baby has webbed feet. (Answer: there is; and your baby does. Congratulations, Freakshow Frog Man, you're a father.) This weekend my sister told me about another couple: the father was wearing a "Whoop Ass" T-shirt in the delivery room, and snacking on pepperoni sticks and sour-cream-and-onion potato chips, and saying he liked the name "Savage Hunter" in case it was a boy. Why? Because he's a hunter, and Savage is his favorite kind of gun. My sister, remarkably good at the straight face, suggested "Colt" or "Remington" as alternatives. He liked those as well. Fortunately they had a girl, and named her something normal. I tell you this just in case you thought Oregon was nothing but hippies. In truth we have the other extreme too, and everything in between.

8. I say "we" even though I live in Washington now. Oregon is where I was born, but besides that, Oregon and Washington are pretty much the same big state (Pacificnorthwestia) in the minds of their residents.

9. I expect to get howls of protest from Oregonians and Washingtonians alike for saying that.

10. I don't care. The internet doesn't matter.

11. So, any sneak-preview reviews out for 'Goblet of Fire' yet? The internet's good for distributing those, at least.


Nov. 14th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
11. So, any sneak-preview reviews out for 'Goblet of Fire' yet? The internet's good for distributing those, at least.

My younger brother goes onto a fan website - Mugglenet.com - and said he read about 7 reviews and that they were "all positive". So I guess that's promising. I actually read an article by a kid who saw a sneak preview and he described the movie scene by scene. They took out a lot of stuff, but it sounded like they didnt screw it up that much.

Nov. 16th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
I think I saw the blow-by-blow review (might have been Ain't It Cool News), but I didn't spoil myself by reading it. Anyway, sounds like it's certainly not a total train wreck, so good.
Nov. 16th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
I think it would be pretty hard to screw this up. JK Rowling wrote a great story, and since she describes EVERYTHING, they dont really have to use their imagination. I just find it odd how everyone is saying all of the kids horomones are out of control in this one. Duh, dont they know that doesnt happen until the 6th book? ;)
Nov. 16th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
I know...they have to ask each other to the Yule Ball, so suddenly it's all about "burgeoning sexuality". What are they going to call the snogfest of book 6? "A teenage orgy"?
Nov. 18th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)

I'm sure there would be much discussion about how it's the first Harry Potter movie to receive a rating of NC-17.
Nov. 20th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hee. Lordie...let's hope not.