Saturday, July 21, 2007

1.11 - 6 down, and a midnight party...

Bring out the NERDS!

Last night Petra and I went to the midnight release party for Harry Potter, book 7. I wasn't real stoked about standing in line for hours and hours in the middle of the night, but Petra convinced me to give it a whirl. Our timing couldn't have been more perfect.

We opened the doors and, I kid you not, the lady over the loud-speaker said "Okay! 10-9-8-7..." It was like they were waiting for us.

There were gobs of people. (The cars filled four parking lots! That little square of light is the store in the distance.) We walked into Barnes and Noble to find it packed with capes and pointy hats. I almost said "Let's just come tomorrow, we'll be here forever," but instead went over the to desk to sign in. There were two types of wristbands, yellow and blue, which were labeled A-Z. They were starting with yellow A's. I gave my name to the lady, she found me on the list and went to grab a section of blue S bands, when (magically??) some papers shifted and there were about 4 or 5 yellow I's, just sitting there. "Huh! Lucky you!," she said.

We were in like Flinn. By 12:30 I had my book and we were on our way home, with literally hundreds of people (who had been there for hours, by the looks of it) still in line behind us.

Don't feel too bad for them though. Everyone seemed like they had been having a blast hanging out, getting all hopped up on Starbucks!
On the way home, we almost got into an accident, and I swear to you it was because no these two cars both had drivers trying to seek a read at the books in there laps... I wonder how many wrecks there were last night because people were trying to read Harry Potter on the way home!

So I woke up this morning and polished off the last few pages of Book 6! On to the end!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

1.10 - Oh Maaaaaan!

I apologize in advance for this innuendo, but when you're in the gutter, you're in the gutter and might as well roll around a bit...

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 321 (This one is better without context...)

"I'm his Head of House, and I shall decide how hard, or otherwise, to be," said Snape curtly. "Follow me Draco."

Oh man!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Welcome Adam!

My good friend Adam F. finally succumbed to massive peer pressures and started his own 5things blog, and with his presence our cool rating has grown by 87%. He doesn't have any Things posted yet, so swing by and give him a hard time.

Welcome Adam! The world of 5thingsing is better dressed because you are in it!

You have no Things to inspire a picture, so here's one for no reason at all:

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

1.9 - 5 Down

Another one bites the dust!

I finished book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, yesterday morning, and moved immediately on to book 6, Half-Blood Prince, which Petra kindly picked up for me at Auntie's. (Leaving us with an all-time low of $0.19 in trade-in credit. Seriously.) Which means...

I am officially going to make it! I wasn't sure for a while there at the beginning. It seemed like a daunting task, but I've had some free nights here and there, so it looks like I should easily finish the first six books by July 21, when book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits shelves. (Which makes up for my aforebemoaned Potterless decade, and makes me a registered Harry Potter bad-ass.)

While I'm on this note, I need to lay out a brief mea culpa. This blog was not intended to be a Harry Potter blog, and I know I've been heavy on the Potter Posts. I just really wanted to finish the first 6 before number 7, so that I would be in no (zero, zip, nada) danger of hearing something about how the whole series wraps up, and doing so has left little free time to spare.

Once this Thing is wrapped however, I'll be spreading the 5things love a bit more evenly. Promise.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

1.8 - Innuendo Againdo

I never found good innuendos in books 3 or 4, but book 5 makes up for that in a big way...

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, pg. 242
(The students in Defense Against the Dark Arts are arguing with their teacher about the fairness of a particular policy...)

"We're not going to use magic?" Ron ejaculated loudly.

Oh man!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Welcome Scribe!

Yet another blogger has succumbed to 5things mania!

Surrendered Scribe, who joins our ranks via Kat, posted her 5things this week, and is already encouraging readers to think of their own five things. Way to spread the word, Scribe!

In honor of your 5th thing, I give you a little inspiration for brightening up that room...

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

1.7 - Four Down

I finished The Goblet of Fire over the weekend, and it is by far my favorite of the four I have read. Really, really good actually. I was surprised to learn that it won the Hugo Award in 2001, but after reading it, I can see why. Quite wonderfully crafted. I only hope the rest of the series is as good...

On to Order of the Phoenix!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Welcome Kat!

We have another 5things blogger!

Kat, from South Florida.

Kat has the distinction of being the first 5thingser that I do not personally know. Which makes me stoked out of my mind, because I have been not-so-secretly hoping that this whole thing wasn't just my friends all nodding and smiling so that I would stay on my medication.

So welcome Kat! You are my vindication!

(unintentional medication-vindication rhyme duly noted)

Here's a picture in honor of your Thing #4, "go an entire day without getting frustrated", which might be impossible, even for the smallest of us...