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03:34 am - Part of a day Spirited Away
Happy birthday to tall_man, verlaine, pot_pal_ashley and hawkida, all of whom were born on October the 9th. Clearly the day of the year with most Friends list birthday sex appeal. Four in a bed seems unusual to me; Professor daweaver of the MSCL Institute of Technology calculated that the chance of a 4-match happening on a Flist the size of mine was about 10%. (While we're celebrating, let's wish white_n_nerdee a good one for the tenth.)

Two weeks to my own birthday. Consider this advance warning that I'm going to do last year's gimmick again; no cards, presents or content, please, but I would appreciate it if you would take the time and effort to speak to me on Thursday 23rd. (If we've never spoken before, or if we've haven't spoken since last October 23rd, so much the better.) I'll provide a live telephone number for the day and (hopefully) an Internet telephony solution so that your computer mic can call my phone at no cost to you.

Very much an up-and-down sort of day. Got up early in the morning, went to town and saw Spirited Away. The very short summary is that this is a Japanese animated ghost story about a ten-year-old girl with no superheroic powers but a kind attitude. If you don't think you're ever going to see it, you might well enjoy huskyteer's slightly longer summary; the fans would prefer the movie's page on the Hayao Miyazaki site. In the end I didn't cry, unfortunately, but I got definite throat lumps and watery eyes a couple of times; without spoilers, the name-related points where they're leaving Granny's house and the journey back therefrom.

I note that Middlesbrough showed the dubbed version, whereas Oxford showed the subtitled version. (From what the attendant suggested, Middlesbrough may have been showing the subtitled version earlier.) Not sure that my preference for the subtitled version isn't just because I saw it first. UGC Middlesbrough aren't showing the three Lord of the Rings films in a row, alas, but they are showing Fellowship of the Rings and The Two Towers again on successive Wednesdays before the big première on Wednesday 17th. addedentry might be interested to note that the local cinema are also showing a small number of broadcasts of Secretary in a couple of weeks' time.

Afterwards, walked home, had a nap, failed to catch up on the things I wanted to do. Went to the gamers' club in the evening; didn't get to play any games, but did help to produce a long-overdue inventory of the club's property, which was surprisingly satisfying. We now have two tall locked cabinets containing about fifty board and card games, a dozen trading card game decks, a library of about sixteen game rulebooks and sundry Warhammer scenery. (Plus another five chunky tubs of scenery hills, bushes, trees and the like.) All told, there's a lot of stock in there which would cost well over a thousand pounds to replace, probably closer to two. Yet somehow never enough...

Lastly, without wanting to make a big thing of it, I want to send out a "welcome back" to someone who was never forgotten and who definitely deserves one. :-)
Current Mood: variable
Current Music: Bambee - "Cowgirl" (because dr4b parodied it!)

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From:expetesso
Date:October 9th, 2003 07:48 pm (UTC)
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I will think of you and the lack of the Marathon in UGC Middlesbrough when I am sitting in Loews in Boston with ari_o and dancingrain.

Lastly, without wanting to make a big thing of it, I want to send out a "welcome back" to someone who was never forgotten and who definitely deserves one. :-)
I heartily second this and would love to speak to or send an e-mail to said someone, were she to elave any type of space open for such activity. *hint hint, dear one*

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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 10th, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC)

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I will think of you and the lack of the Marathon in UGC Middlesbrough when I am sitting in Loews in Boston with ari_o and dancingrain.

Truly I am the green-eyed monster. Look: 8-P

:-)
From:expetesso
Date:October 10th, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC)
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cute. :)

If they hadn't sold out within five minutes, I'd suggest a voyeuristic trip... but a few thousand miles seems a little excessive for someone who hasn't read the books yet.

Also, as your birthday is on a Thursday this year, and as THursdays are my terrible days of leaving at 5am and returning around 10pm, I fear I will not be able to "talk" to you on your special day. Should we happen to bump into each other on AIM prior to that date, however, you will have to deal with the terrible singing skills I promised you back in April...
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From:white_n_nerdee
Date:October 9th, 2003 07:56 pm (UTC)
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To my friend from across the Atlantic, thank you for the birthday wish.

"Spirited Away" is a great movie. Next I'm looking forward to "Castle in the Sky".
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 10th, 2003 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Fingers crossed, I might be able to get to see more of Miyazaki's works in the foreseeable. *hopeful*
From:themightyuser
Date:October 9th, 2003 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Hahahahahahahahaha. Referring to your "Birthday SAQ" from last year:

Is this some sort of premium rate phone number scam? Will you make $200 from me when I call?
No. That's what I'm doing instead next year.


OHREALLY? =P

What you say?
You have no chance to survive make your time, but that's not important right now.


AYBABTU For Life. =)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 10th, 2003 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Have gone off the premium rate phone number scam idea. :-) (Or perhaps I'm just trying to lull you all into a false sense of security...) ;-)

Move Nick! For great puzzles!
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From:glissando
Date:October 10th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC)
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Advance warning duly noted. Will have to get a phone topup - running low on credit!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 10th, 2003 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Did you go and see Spirited Away today? Didyoudidyoudidyou?
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From:glissando
Date:October 11th, 2003 02:06 am (UTC)
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No, very sadly I did not go to the cinema because I have a phobia of going alone, however wonderful the film may be, and as everyone else had plans I came home and failed to be able to do my P3 (even more evil than P2) homework.
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From:jumbach
Date:October 10th, 2003 08:52 am (UTC)
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Sounds great! I'll make an effort to call you that day.

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