Tuesday, April 15

This Day In History - April 15.

Hermione What?

1865 - Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth.

1912 - The RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic.

1947 - Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

2008 - British actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as 'Hermione Granger' in the Harry Potter film series, turns 18.

We shall never forget. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day.

I'd like to make some joke about paging Chris Hansen, but I guess that doesn't work anymore.

Instead I'll just say that you're a dirty old man. With good taste.
I only do this because the Missus drools all over the kid who plays Draco Malfoy, to be clear.

That being said, most of the cast should be 18 by the time the 7th film rolls around, so that R-rated romp I've been crossing my fingers for is still a possibility.
....along with the long-awaited Malfoy/Potter kiss that the Missus has been pining for.
I don't know who Malfoy is, but I'm betting the Malfoy/Potter kiss is completely in the realm of possibility.
Oh, it totally is, according to the Missus. I haven't read the books, I just see the films.

Might as well throw old Dumbledore into the fray, as well.
Indeed, my good man. Indeed.

(See here? It's is not creepy if Cave man agrees with the CDP, because Caveman is 19. Win!)
This is what happens when you have a different essay on tap, but are too tired to finish it in time.

"Should I just post nothing? Nah, I'll risk looking like a sexual predator in exchange for a chuckle."
Just so we're clear - I hear the age of consent is different over in the UK, so this "milestone" may be kind of a moot point. In more ways than one, I'd hazard a guess...but Fark is going to be just ablaze with Emma Watson submissions today. Every single thread will have the same five images that are posted in every other Harry Potter related thread.

Malfoy, Hathery? Is it the character or the actor? I go for the Weasley (Phelps) twins myself, though, so I guess I'm not one to talk.
MAUS - I think the Missus just digs the actor that plays Malfoy. A bit strange, considering how damn emo he is. I admire his widow's peak, though.

CARROT DUFF - Can we get an age clarification in here?
No, I dig the CHARACTER of Malfoy. Though the casting is very good. And I don't care what the books say...Harry and Malfoy have a secret trist up in the Room of Requirement.
And yes, the Phelps twins are quite good. Way sexier than the characters they're playing.
Did you just say the Missus drools over Drago? From Rocky IV, Drago?
Dolph Lundgren FTW. I just saw that guy on a talk show, and I'll be damned if he doesn't look better now than he did 20 years ago. I think he might be Satan.

I think me and the Missus both are going to be pretty disappointed when this film comes out.

Hey, speaking of Bruce, check out the inspiring essay he wrote about his most recent Chicago visit. Good stuff.

Part 1.
Part 2.
I drool over Bruce. RAR!
I went to Middle School with a kid named Erik Lundgren. I was jealous of how often in his life, he could probably dupe people into thinking he was related to Dolph Lundgren.

BTW, that was nice of you to link to my Chicago essays. The CDP's good people.

Any friends of Dolph's are friends of mine.
HATHERY - It's the hair. Bruce needs a post dedicated to proper scalp grooming and gel selection.

BRUCE - No problem; I enjoyed the essay. Heavy news (and to a lesser extent, Chicago) can really change your outlook on things for the better, if you handle it optimistically.

Yeah, I probably spelled that wrong, but I'm far too lazy to look up the correct spelling.
BRUCE - Great essays. And I should mention that, if you ever want to see a physical recreation of the Nighthawks painting, you need only walk in the front door of my place of employment. The whole main lobby is a giant recreation of it, with the reception desk located inside the diner. It's crazy.
Really? Where is that?
I wish my office looked like your office, Emily. That place is amazing.
My office looks like a skalene triangle that floods often.
I would like to get Carrot Duff's input on this.
Carrot Duff?

He does live in Narnia...I mean England.
CDP - proper daily shampooing and conditioning, as well as the right use of product in said hair. You must pamper your mane, even if you're a dude. You're right. I think a dedicated post is in order!

EMILY - thank you! The CDP was spot on, how heavy news can impact your outlook on things. Can you use it to improve some aspect of your life or others, tends to be the question in those situations. BTW, the Nighthawks recreation sounds awesome! I must see this!
HATHERY & BRUCE - If you promise not to stalk me (I know, hard promise to make), you should visit the Electronic Theatre Controls HQ. They're pretty good about giving tours, and I'd say it's worth it. :)
She's already too old for you.
Looks like a pretty cool place to work. headquarters right in good ole Middleton, eh?
Hathery/Emily- You might as well draw a map.

"Nighthawks painting on building, Electronic Theatre Controls, Middleton, WI"
Russ Feingold lives in Middleton.
Middleton, Wisconsin: Voted "Best City To Live In" in 2007.
Wasn't it best *small* city to live?
I suppose so. I think that's why the award went to Middleton instead of Madison. Wasn't it Travel or Forbes magazine?
I believe in Madison is considered "small" city.
No way, dude. We're huge.
Wow, that was a really dyslexic sentence I wrote up there.
Stupid Topamax.
It's melting your brain!
Lewiston, Maine - All-American City 2007
actual award
Sorry it's taken me so long to comment. I've been meeting up with friends (ZOMG).

Here in Narnia*, the legal age is 16, but I have many-a-friend who seem to be completely unawear of this.

I'm only 14, but but many have told me I look about 18. As the legal age to buy alcohol here is 18...well I'm sure you can guess the rest.

*That did make me laugh.
CAVEMAN - That's sad and hilarious at the same time. Don't all Americans live in 'All-American' cities?

DUFF - I vaguely remember that you could smoke at 16 and drink at 18 in England, whereas it's 18 and 21 here, respectively. I bought some Cuban cigars; they were highly overrated. Your ale, on the other hand, is top-notch.

I think that most people start sleeping with each other at around the age of 16, regardless of location, so that sounds about right to me. Now that I'm 26 though, I find that number to be frighteningly young. Yeeesh.
Your site is broken!
It's fixed now!
i love the weasley twins.

i had my 21st birthday in England and it didn't feel special because the drinking age is 18 ... but that's okay. they do have some good stuff here ... mmm, strongbow!
Don't they separate the drinking age by beer vs. hard liquor there? So you can drink beer at 16, but not hard liquor til 18?
I thought in Europe they just started feeding wine to you in breast milk?

CAITLIN - We have Strongbow in the US, too (or at least at several establishments in Madison). It is, in fact, delicious.

CAVEMAN - It's not painted on the outside of the building, so you wouldn't know unless you came inside. It's not a painting. Our front lobby is literally a huge mock-up of a town square, complete with Nighthawk's Diner.
HATHERY - I don't know what the laws are, but I agree with Emily, they start you off young in Europe!

EMILY - I'm glad to know that I'll be able to find it somewhere when I return to Wisconsin, I was going to be really sad if I couldn't.
CDP - It's funny because the "All-American City" I live in was fonded by Italian immigrants, and maintained by French-Canadian immigrants.

Emily - Well, I still have to go see it. Nighthawks is in my top ten.
There's nothing worse than being fondled by Italian immigrants.
I dunno, Bulgarians could be pretty rough.
Or how about those Romanians that run the mall kiosks selling skin care products? Those people are downright grabby.

Next one of those guys that lunges towards the Missus is getting popped in the snoot.

On an unrelated note, I had a dream last night that I was married to Lindsay Lohan. The scariest part was that I enjoyed it.

Beats me.
I've started having a recurring dream that I'm back working at the first job I had out of college. I've noticed that I always have that dream after a really stressful period in my life.

I hated that job.
When I get stressed out, I either dream that my teeth are falling out, that I'm in a public restroom with no doors, that I'm back in high school and I can't remember my locker combination, or that I'm forced to work at the grocery store again but I can't remember how to run the cash register.
For me, I think that 'first job' dreams have eclipsed 'back at school' dreams as the thing that sucks most about sleeping. Like JT said, when I'm under duress or anxiety, my subconscious likes to toss me back into one of the worst periods of my life. Thanks, brain!
And that's exactly why I keep trying to kill my brain with beer.
You're taking your liver for the ride, too :)
And really, what did your liver ever do to you, huh?

Hathery, I get those teeth-falling-out dreams when I'm stressed, too. That and getting shot. Freud would probably have a field day with my dreams in general.
For the bizarre nature of re-occuring dreams (teeth falling out, back to school, naked in public, flying, bathrooms), it's amazing that all of us get them on a normal basis. I find that interesting.
I'm crazy with recurring dreams. For a while there, I was getting the teeth falling out dream at least once a week. That was a bad few months...I'm a very strange person when it comes to dreaming, in that I usually remember at least 2 or 3 dreams every night. Ryan assures me that most people don't remember one dream per day, let alone 2 or 3. I'm a very vivid and realistic dreamer, and I can carry on well into being partially awake. Kind of scary, because I don't always know if I'm awake or not.
She ain't right in the head.
Darn Topamax.
Hey, nice callback joke, there!
Hey, I try.

I'm just going to start blaming everything on the Topamax.
I wish I had Topamax to blame, but as it stands, I just hallucinate like crazy every now and then even after I'm mostly awake. It's great. One time I broke my lamp because I thought there was a giant spider on it.
Woah. I'm glad the Missus isn't seeing imaginary spiders, or I would have been hacked to death years ago.
Nope--I just inexplicably punch you in the face sometimes in my sleep.
Very true.

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