Option 1: Accio Friday Five!
1. Which Harry Potter book is your favorite and why?
I think so far, the first one, although I still have to (very quickly!) read #6 before I get my copy of #7! I let Cordeliaknits and Sisterknits read it first and then other things got in the way. This year, we are all in different places and will probably each buy our own book -- more money for J.K.R. and a little help for 3 independent bookstores.
2. Which character do you most resemble? Which character would you most like to get to know?
I'm afraid it's Hermione, except I really never studied as much as she did. But I was always that annoying girl who had her hand up.
Correct me if I'm wrong here, but is it Mrs. Dursley who is the sister of Harry's mother? Anyway, that person. It would be interesting to delve into the personality of someone who grew up with a sibling so different.
3. How careful are you about spoilers?
a) bring 'em on--even if I know the destination, the journey's still good
b) eh, I'd rather not know what happens, but I'm not going to commit Avada Kedavra if someone makes a slip
c) I will sequester myself in a geodesic dome to avoid finding anything out
b, I guess. Although I was quite annoyed once when some people sitting behind me on the bus gave away the ending of Gosford Park before I'd seen it, (basically because one of the two was dumber than a box of rocks and had to have it all explained) and nurtured a grudge against them every time I saw them on the bus for years afterwards. So beware.
4. Make one prediction/share one hope about book 7.
That it's not TOO sad.
5. Rowling has said she's not planning any prequels or sequels, but are there characters or storylines (past or future) that you would like to see pursued?
Option 2: Please Mommy, Anything But Those Blankety-Blank Books!
And we do mean anything:
1. Former U.S. First Lady "Lady Bird" Johnson died this week. In honor of her love of the land and the environment, share your favorite flower or wildflower.
California poppy -- I have such fond memories of crossing a field of them on my way to the PX at Fort Ord, CA -- along with the giant fresh-squeezed OJ at LAX, they were a signifier to me that I was in California, a new and different place.
2. A man flew almost 200 miles in a lawn chair, held aloft by helium balloons. Share something zany you'd like to try someday.
I don't do zany, especially if it involves heights.
3. Do you have an iPhone? If not, would you want one?
No. I might want one, but I should not have one. It would be bad for me. I fear I would cease all face-to-face human interaction, and I don't really want to. The computer (mine is a desktop) is addictive enough for me.
4. Speaking of which, Blendtec Blenders put an iPhone in one of their super-duper blenders as part of their "Will It Blend?" series. What would YOU like to see ground up, whizzed up or otherwise pulverized in a blender?
The entire oeuvre of Joyce Carol Oates.
5. According to News of the Weird, a jury in Weld County, Colo., declined to hold Kathleen Ensz accountable for leaving a flier containing her dog's droppings on the doorstep of U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, apparently agreeing with Ensz that she was merely exercising free speech. What do you think? Is doggy doo-doo protected by the First Amendment?
I don't know the whole story. What was on the flier besides the dog-doo? Was it one of Ms. Musgrave's fliers or something else? Maybe it's only protected if it's commentary on some other form of speech?