Sunday, July 16, 2006

Experiencing Technical Difficulties

I was listening to iTunes on Friday -- Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," an excellent song for a most excellent night -- when my laptop fell from its unsteady perch and went BOOM on the floor. It's working, but v e r y s l o w l y, so I type this from an Internet cafe in Park Slope while waiting for Dell technical support. I will be posting only intermittently over the next two weeks anyway due to the tour/my vacation: friends and family to see; my sister's wedding on Saturday (it -- and she -- is going to be gorgeous); tour appearances in Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles; five days in Sin City with hundreds of Harry Potter fans . . . It promises to be a crazy-wonderful time. I hope to see or meet many of you on the way, so if you read this and I don't know you, please come up and introduce yourself.

Would anyone in the New York area be interested in gathering August 2 after the JKR reading for a postmortem drink and discussion? Melissa and Emerson and I aren't doing an NYC appearance, so this might be a nice informal substitute. (Are other people already planning these kinds of meetups? I have no idea.) E-mail me at chavela_que at yahoo dot com if you're up for it (subject line "Harry Potter and the __(you fill in the blank)__") and if we have a quorum, I'll coordinate something.

In the meantime, I leave you with the famous list of "Children's Books You'll Probably Never See" to which KTBB alluded below:

  • You Were an Accident
  • Daddy Drinks Because You Cry
  • Strangers Have the Best Candy
  • The Little Sissy Who Snitched
  • Some Kittens Can Fly
  • Kathy Was So Bad Her Mom Stopped Loving Her
  • All Dogs Go to Hell
  • The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking
  • Why Can't Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be Friends?
  • You Are Different and That's Bad
  • Pop Goes The Hamster....And Other Great Microwave Games
  • The Tickling Babysitter
  • Babar Meets the Taxidermist
  • Bi-Curious George
  • The Boy Who Died from Eating All His Vegetables
  • The Pop-up Book of Human Anatomy
  • Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will
  • Fun Four-Letter Words to Know and Share
  • Controlling the Playground: Respect Through Fear

Happy summer!


  1. Just my luck. I send you my manuscript (marked SQUID, of course), and you're on vacation.

    It sounds like you've got a lot of fun things planned. Enjoy!

    - Jay

  2. good luck with the computer

    computer mess just happened to me last week. . .yuck! :/

    and have fun on the tour! what happens in Vegas. . .is better with Harry Potter there! :)


  3. Hey Cheryl,

    Thanks for the reply! Haha, okay, so I'll go by the store's timings.
    Hopefully I'll be able to come. I haven't gotten my plane ticket yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


  4. I think most women's fashion magazines are based on the same idea as Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will.

  5. Good luck with the computer and have a great vacation & sister's wedding!

  6. Yeah, laptops are funny about being dropped to the floor like that. :D Hopefully yours will be running smoothly again soon. I do wonder if the song you were listening to had anyting to do with it. It was Friday, and though it wasn't the 13th, it was only a day later. ;)

    Enjoy your vacation and congratulations to your sister! I'm sure you'll be posting pictures so we can all see the gorgeous-ness of the wedding . . . right? :D

    Wish I could join in the Harry Potter and the Postmortem Drink/Discussion, but Arizona is rather far away from NY.

  7. Oh bother! Please forgive the typo. I do know that "anything" has an "h" in it. *sigh*

  8. Oh, man! Having a laptop fall on the floor would just freak me out! Gaah!

    That's enough exclaimation points for now.

    Speaking of gaah, my bulldog is breathing on me and he has carrion breath.

    Have fun at your sis's wedding! Hope she's keeping it indoors, and that the AC runs smoothly. And be sure she eats at the reception. Usually the bride's too busy running around being social and they forget to eat.

  9. One more Las Vegas tip (I remembered this on my subway ride home)--make sure you check out one of those ALL-you-can-eat buffets. The best one--and the one we tried--was the one at the Bellagio. It was like $18 per person and you can stuff yourself until your pants don't fit. We didn't have to eat for the rest of the day!

  10. Melinda is right about brides not eating. I didn't even have time to eat any cake other than that which my husband fed me in the traditional cake feeding/smooshing into face picture. Instead of freezing the top cake tier (chocolate!) for a year (ick--freezer burn) we took it with us to the hotel and ate it that night.

    Here's hoping there are some cute and very literate single groomsmen at the wedding :) Have fun!

  11. I'm sorry to hear about your laptop, and unfortunately I won't see you in New York, seeing as I live in Australia. Hope you have a great time there, though!