July 16th, 2005

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I want some cookie puffs about now. If only I had a ride. Alas. Photo geeking ensues. Cat in tub with boy. Tired Figment.
fangirl, _schools4303

Stuff like a day...

Woke up on time, or thereabouts. Packed for work and for the Changing Hands Potter release party. Walked off to work.

Discovered at work that they had me as both check-in and as on the phones. Um, hello logic? I cannot be in two places at once. The person I could ask to be me? Leaving in fifteen minutes. Not going to happen.

Work was good, though, with attempts to cast the supervisory team as Animaniacs. (Stressy College Chick was calling Rev. Nice Super and Cute Geek Super "Tweedledum" and "Tweedledee", and occasionally slipping a "Tweedledumber" in there. This led to silliness.) I haven't seen figment0 laugh that hard in a long time.

easalle said that having trystan_laryssa along on the Potter expedition would be all right by her, so there was much rejoicing. There was wackiness in the bullpen, and I did not feel entirely on-task.

easalle and two lost boys were waiting when I got out. Everything was proceeding happily until the car died and had to be rebooted after a full shutdown when we were just out of the driveway of work. We picked up trystan_laryssa on Gamer Standard Time and I produced my fortuitously-printed map to the bookstore, complete with address and freeway directions. We were on the 10 when the car bluescreened again; wamphyri pulled as neat a feat of driving as I've ever seen and coasted it across two lanes of traffic to the edge where we waited for the thing to reboot again.

The mission to the party was officially scrubbed, and we started taking surface streets back. The vehicle stalled in the middle of the intersection of 16th street and McDowell (ready to make a left turn), and then again in the middle of somethingth ave and McDowell; there, fortunately, we were in motion, and wamphyri coasted us into the gas station where we sat to let the car cool down and to call in for aid in the form of Zeke's dad, to make sure everyone got where they were going safely.

As we waited for getting-people-home aid to arrive, the car geeks discovered that the distributor cap was way, way, way loose. Upon fixing this, the vehicle had no troubles at all, but the mission was still officially scrubbed, quite understandably.

trystan_laryssa and I had been planning to attend the party at the local Bookmans, but when we arrived, there was no such creature. Undaunted, we got back to her place and proceeded to have one of our infamous slumber parties. I coaxed the Mad Scientist's computer (the computer belonging in dustraven's son's room) to talk to my digital camera, and thus there are blurry photos of me, badly overexposed pictures of trystan_laryssa, and photos involving car-geekage that don't make much sense without context.

Life, it is good.

Today, Saturday, I shall endeavor to force the bus system to bow to my will, and I shall retrieve my book and V's friend's book. Then, the reading, and also the bellydance.
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phone, cordless phone

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Careful schedule for day already gone to rats. Carrying on anyway. 19th & Glendale has high weirdling factor.
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<cryptic> Boy, did I ever call that one! </cryptic>
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Harry Potter and the Half-Baked Comedy Bellydance Routine (no spoilers)

After I returned from getting my copy of the book, easalle had a bellydance event at which she was performing. V picked me up, and we had a delightful time. easalle was there, and M from writing group, and a few of easalle's other random writing buddies, plus the inevitable Lost Boys.

First up was an open dance where some of us looked like utter goofs (that would have been me) and some of the rest of the people (the actual bellydancers) looked very good. Then there were some performances. easalle utterly rocked. I have fortunately conditioned myself to not perv at her, and this is good, because she is married and I am not her type, mostly because I am too female. Bellydancing is good. One of the dancer was running on zero sleep and lots of caffeine, because she'd been up since nine Friday morning on account of Potter. (I held up my copy and waggled it around in solidarity.)

There was another open dance. I'd been getting revved up by the music and the clapping and the dancing, and found myself up front again (but only after pestering M that she needed to come up and dance this time, to show us how it was done in the Maj). Meanwhile, V snagged my copy of the new Potter book and tried balancing it on top of her head while shimmying, to keep herself isolating the correct body parts better.

Somehow, this evolved into me going behind her, then ducking out on either side, making gestures of some sort at the book. (I think the original intent was to act as if I were snatching it from her.) This got giggles, so we hammed it up, and eventually some other people came up and we wound up doing that multi-armed thing, all while giggling madly ourselves and having a great old time. They were videotaping, so the studio has a tape of our insanity for posterity. I'll probably still laugh about it when I'm 80.

V's been doing a big yard sale this weekend, so she's burned out. I've been having an interesting weekend myself, and I have work in the morning, so V and I ducked out after one final dancer.
fangirl, _schools4303

Spoileriffic.

Most of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I read on the way home on the bus. I read some while walking from the bus stop to the apartment, and then some more after I got out of the shower and was waiting for V, a little while I was waiting for the bellydance fun to start, and then the rest after I got home.
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Fanfic and this latest, non-spoiler version

I find that reading fanfic has made my experience with this book much smoother. JKR's writing is on par with the decent-but-not-brilliant fanfic writers out there, and this is a very smooth work with close attention to canon and characterization.

I can happily and safely ignore anything I do not like about it, because my brain does not sort it as OMG CANON. It sorts it as "fic I'd recommend".

Do not comment with spoilers to this post.
fangirl, _schools4303

Fanfic and JKR's work, spoiler version!!!

I find that reading fanfic has made my experience with this book much smoother. JKR's writing is on par with the decent-but-not-brilliant fanfic writers out there, and this is a very smooth work with close attention to canon and characterization.

I can happily and safely ignore anything I do not like about it, because my brain does not sort it as OMG CANON. It sorts it as "fic I'd recommend".

Spoilered discussion belongs in the comments here.