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HP and the evening of fun [Nov. 19th, 2005|02:26 pm]
Zoethe
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Went to Goblet of Fire last night - along with everyone else on my flist, so I won't bother with review except to say that it was really, really good and I like the way the humor of the characters came forward. It was a pity that Hermione was left with almost nothing to do, but SPEW really did have to go. I came out, though, feeling one beat short of satisfied because of the melancholy of the ending. Still, the best HP movie thusfar.

The best part, though, is that we met miripanda and her boyfriend Jessie for dinner first and then the movie. The original plan was to meet them at Bob's Big Boy, but we'd had the foresight to exchange phone numbers and Miranda called just as Ferrett was picking me up from work to let us know that Jessie was late leaving Oberlin and by the time he got downtown to fetch her from the Greyhound station and back out to Valley View, they were likely to be late. Well, why don't we just pick you up from the station, we asked. And so a plan was hatched.

Good thing, too. We ate dinner and got over to the theater at a 6:45 for the 8pm show, and were the last people able to wait inside before the line broke out of the theater and ranged around the front of the building. By luck alone, we had tickets to the showing in theater 13, one of the only two digital screens in town. Lots of people intentionally choose the digitals for blockbuster films. We all got to sit together, and in middle seats, but quite far down in front. After the movie, we retired to Quaker Steak and Lube because they had never experienced the over-the-top kitsch of that particular establishment.

It was a great evening. The both of them are funny and smart and lively conversationalists. It's such fun to meet people in real life that you've previously only known online and to find out - as I generally do - that they are even more fun in person.

The only problem was when we got to the Greyhoud station and people were double-parked the full length of the station. I jumped out of the car to walk down to the doors and see if I could spot her, and only when I started looking did I realize that in my mind I was looking for Kate Winslet. Because that's the icon she runs all the time. Now there's a uniquely online problem!
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[User Picture]From: neurotica69
2005-11-19 08:16 pm (UTC)
That is so funny. I haven't had that happen to me yet. I have met many of my on line friends. I have to confess there have been several occasions where I was totally surprised by their reality vs. my interpretation of them. Nothing Charles Mansonish or anything.

I love your journal. Thank you for sharing.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-19 08:56 pm (UTC)
You are hopeless!
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2005-11-19 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yay for the not-exactly-a-review. Our Neighbor Dad said "Wait for the video," but there was probably a little black raincloud above his head and someone pissing in his Cheerios (There always is!).

I'm not sure if I envy you more for meeting miripanda or her for meeting you.
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2005-11-19 11:59 pm (UTC)

PS: Re: SPEW

I figured that was one of the things that would be cut (looking at the comparative thicknesses of the books in order on my shelf), but I worry that it might be part of a major plot-point in book 7, which means the filmmakers are kinda screwed, or will have to expositor...i...ate(?) like crazy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-12-07 12:39 pm (UTC)

Re: PS: Re: SPEW

Considering that JKR has been a consultant on all the movies, if it were vital to Book 7 I think she would have said something.
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2005-11-20 02:57 am (UTC)
Aww! I only wish I could make it out to ...California.. I mean, I'll be going through the LA airport on the way to India...but a time to chat..not so much. It was wicked awesome to meet Zoethe though. I highly recommend it.
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2005-11-20 02:57 am (UTC)
(ack..that last comment was for kid_lit_fan. le sigh)

It was awesome to meet you both as well...Jesse and I were talking on the way home (well, to our seedy motel) about how nifty it was to hear people's "real voices" (yours, when you picked up the phone, was pretty much the most reassuring thing EVER) and interact with non-awkward college students who are niether intimidated by a conversation lag, nor inclined to let one happen.

Plus we all had the advantage of knowing we all enjoyed GRRM, HP, and surprisingly tacky dining :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-20 02:00 pm (UTC)
Reassuring, eh? Yeah, I have "Mom voice." ;-)

It was tremendous fun. Silences weren't the problem - more like tumbling words on top of each other!
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[User Picture]From: astridsdream
2005-11-20 07:19 am (UTC)
Went to Goblet of Fire last night - along with everyone else on my flist, so I won't bother with review except to say that it was really, really good....

Wow. I totally disagree with you. I think too much was cut to make it understandable to people that hadn't read the book, and I think too many plot points that become important later were sacrificed. (What the hell happened to Percy??) Thumbs down.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-20 01:40 pm (UTC)
I left my comments in your journal.
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[User Picture]From: unamundamour
2005-11-20 08:15 pm (UTC)
Here's a crazy one. At the end of the day, my husband looks a bit like John Cleese to me (his fav lj icon)

He doesn't really look a thing like John Cleese, but does do a decent Cheese Shop sketch.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-11-20 08:45 pm (UTC)
Speaking of icons, the transfer at LJ seems to be beating up the icon displays something fierce.
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