*laughter* Right in line with my first driving lesson, which began in the rain.
Just am thankful that the second driving lesson occurred on a relatively quiet morning.
Achievement! Only stalled the car twice today! *laughter* Though demonstrated a shameful level of anxiety on the road, and an equally painful lack of coordination.
Went to Great World City to watch the Matrix Reloaded on IMAX. Dad and Mom hadn't seen it. and Dad had been talking incessantly about it ^_^ It was wonderful seeing Agent Smith again! ^_^
In my opinion, however, IMAX only makes the digital scenes more impressive, such as the scrolling code shots. For most part, it was just like a big movie screen. Oh, and the fact that you get to see the uncensored version, which is only more of Neo and Trinity than you'd ever care to see. Than I'd ever care to see, that is. You're not missing anything if you don't see the full version. Unless you'd care to see Keanu and Carrie-Ann in the buff. *winces* Me, I'd rather not.
Had dinner at Great World City, then came home. En route to parking lot, heard kids outside the pet shop. Very disturbing. They were looking at a window-ful of rabbits and hamsters, and I distinctly heard one of the kids demand, "Who said they were poisonous?"
Did he mean poisonous hamsters? Strangely, that thought amused me to no end.
Biggest Irony of Day
The car park signs read "Exit: Zion Road".
Welcome Back, Harry!
Spent a delightful 9 3/4 - 9 = 3/4 of an hour today at Borders, evilly scanning Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to find out Who Bought It. I didn't think I'd be so delighted to see the book, but I was. My idea of an excellent book is one that you fall into the instant you pick it up and turn the pages, where the story builds up around you and draws you in. That's what a good book is, for me. And after a time, you become so engrossed that you just keep on reading. That's why the fantasy section at Borders is such a minefield for me! *laughter* I go there, look at one book, read it, then catch sight of another, which looks equally interesting, and then as I bring myself to put it down, I glimpse yet another. *laughter*
For anyone who's interested, the book's available in Borders in all three covers. And it's sold at what MPH calls the "pre-order price". So there was no need to pre-order. Did not bother, in any case.
Order of the Phoenix has some beautiful backstory on why Harry, despite Hogwarts, continues staying with the unendurable Dursleys. It has a look into the Marauders' and Snape's pasts.
It takes up the House Elf issue in ways I never thought JKR would ever dare to handle. I guess it was the whole idea of SPEW (Society for the Protection of Elf Welfare) that turned me off. The Elf Issue gets development it truly deserves in this book. That, along with Dobby and Winky's compulsively self-brutalising habits. *winces*
If anyone has to know who bought it, just ask me. I am selfishly glad that it wasn't anyone I really cared about.
Though personally, I doubt that killing off one's characters is a way to demonstrate the maturity of your writing. It's the cheap and easy way out. Throw in death, and have critics coo over how you're not afraid to deal with dark themes. There are other paths to maturity. But I've gotta remember that this is a kid's book. A darned good one at that! *beams*
Order of the Phoenix goes back into the past as I never thought it would, and I'm glad. From what it looks like so far, big-picture wise, this book is way better than the Goblet of Fire. (which, to me, sounded like great fun when I first heard of the idea, but began to bore me when I opened the book. The reverse is true for Order of the Phoenix.)
Also, I have the feeling that JKR knows what's going on in her fandom. Watch what happens to Snape. And to Ginny. I shall enthusiastically point out the fandom parallels to anyone who'd care. *laughter* Though those who care would undoubtedly already know.