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First impressions

The best way to describe Samuel Blenkin is, just imagine Tom Mackley playing Scorpius. He’s already made the role his own. He’s amazing. Completely different to Anthony or James.

I adore Mark Theodore as the Sorting Hat. The thing I loved most about Chris was the time he took over every bit of movement, and Mark does that but in a completely new way.

I’m really happy with Jamie, although he’s nervous and was shaking in the blanket scene.

Thomas made me laugh so hard I was in physical pain during the baby or a holiday scene. He was funnier even than Paul Thornley at his best, and it’s easy to see how his Albus is the same as how Theo’s Albus will be once Theo loosens up.

Theo is stiff and nervous. I kind of want to give him a hug. But when he’s on stage with Samuel they act like an old married couple which is pretty sweet. I’m sure he’ll improve when he relaxes.

Just a note before I forget, in the first scene on the train platform, Ron slipped James a bag of sweets behind everyone’s backs. An adorable little detail.

This is really cool and exciting. I miss Annabel’s cloak swirls more than anything. But I love Ron and Hermione and their relationship more than ever before. Rakie is phenomenal. James is killing it as Draco. Whoever let Mackley have a speaking role… I don’t know whether to curse them or thank them. He’s a show stealer any day.

More to come later!

Chapter Eight – Part Four

Mark: So you had a good time visiting your mom?

Colin: Yeah! I got to meet my little sister, which was great. She’s funny.

Mark: Did she just have another baby?

Colin: No, she adopted her; brought her home last week. I just hadn’t had a chance to go home and meet her yet. She’s two. She didn’t have me either, by the way, not like that, she’s never had a baby. She adopted me when I was twelve, and now Hollie. She wants to adopt another but is going to wait until Hollie is settled in.

Mark: Oh, I’m sorry, you and Pete look related, I shouldn’t have assumed.

Colin laughed: Well, we are in my case. My mom is also my aunt.

Mark: Ooh, okay. Sorry, I’m not trying to pry. I probably sound like I am.

Colin: Don’t worry about it, I don’t mind. I did offer the information.

Mark laughed nervously: Yeah, I suppose you did.

Colin scooted closer: You seem anxious tonight, are you alright?

Mark: Um, yeah a bit. It’s not you; it’s my own family stuff. I’m fine though.

Colin: Alright… Well, if you want to talk, I’m right here. Or you can go scream in the bathroom. That helps sometimes too.

Mark laughed: I can’t imagine that would help the other people in the bathroom’s anxiety.

Colin: Well, they probably aren’t as anxious as you anyway, so you’re just spreading the suffering out a little more equally.

Mark: But what if they’re more anxious than me, Colin?

Colin: Sucks to be them! Seriously though, I am here or a phone away whenever.

Mark laughed: Thanks. You’re sweet.

Colin: Pff. Sweet… I just need to keep my minions slightly happy or they don’t follow orders.

Mark: You’re a brilliant evil overlord then.

Colin: Much better!

Ended a lucrative business relationship because of an incompetent, racist owner.

This happened over the course of the last week.

I hired a company to correct a big sinkage in my basement. They come in and drill holes and spray industrial foam under the flooring to level it. About a week ago they sent a guy over to locate all of the pipes and scope them for damage.

Then about 3 days ago the foam guys show up and get to work. About halfway through they stop and call me into the basement. There’s water running along my baseboards and they’re afraid they’ve hit a pipe.

They call the owner of the scoping company to come over and re-scope the pipes. He does and finds massive corrosion running all through it. I ask him why they didn’t find that on the first scope, and he tell me they weren’t looking for damage they were just locating the pipe. This makes no sense to me as you don’t need to put a camera into a pipe to locate the pipe.

Then he gives me the sales pitch. It’s going to cost between $4000 and $6000 to fix it, but he can get a “crew of cheap Mexicans” out there who “don’t pull permits” and can do it for much less. He says plumbers will rip you off, he used to be a plumber. I ask, “Oh, and you ripped people off?” I tell him no thanks on the labor, I’ll call my basement company back and let them deal with it.

During the course of the conversation with the scoping company owner he tells me they do about 100 of these a week for the basement company. Scoping is $99, cleaning is $125. At least $10,000 a week, probably $500,000 a year they make from the foam guys.

So here’s the rub. When things started to go pear shaped, I do what I used to do back in college when I had to have conversations with police. Put my phone in my shirt pocket and started to record. (No wiretapping laws in my state.) That’s right. I’ve got this guy soliciting illegal labor to me in full living digital color.

The next day, the basement company sends out some licensed and bonded plumbers to fix my pipes for $0 because of the failure to locate the pipes. That’s right, the scoping company marked the pipe FOUR FEET away from where it actually was. The scoping company not only didn’t find any damage, they didn’t even find the pipe. They did literally nothing. The basement plumbers do an excellent, professional job. They bill the scoping company for their time.

This morning the foam guys came back to finish the job and I tell them about the sleaze ball that they’ve contracted. I play the audio for them of the guy trying to sell me on “cheap Mexican” illegal labor. Half of the foam crew is Hispanic men. They are NOT pleased.

The white crew chief tells me, “We are never doing business with that company ever again. I’m calling our owner right now.” He also read me the contract that they had with the scoping company that explicitly says they are to look for damaged pipes, vindicating me once more.

Moftiss: you’re a Sherlock fan. In fact you’re an obsessive Sherlock fan.

Me: yes

Moftiss: so you’ve seen a lot of, heartbreak, then, emotional turmoil?

Me: of course. Enough for a lifetime, far too much.

Moftiss: wanna see some more?

Me: oh god, yes


Doctor Who episodes | Story: unaired episode | season 17
↳ Shada

“I never forget anything. I never forget. Well, that’s right. I have forgotten. The Time Lords’ prison planet. Now why would I have forgotten? Got it. Of course! Salyavin was imprisoned on Shada. Yes.”

the signs according to ME, based on what I've absorbed from tumblr even though I don't pay attention to 75% of the zodiac and might not be able to even name them all from memory
  • taurus: the impression I get is they're similar to aries in that they’re angry and stubborn? but the difference is that while aries will clock you in the jaw, taurus will hold a grudge for the rest of your born days. your born days, not theirs, because they’re going to outlive you out of spite
  • gemini: is what I think comes next? anyway apparently geminis are very social and bubbly and they're people persons (people people?), but also they’re supposed to be all two-faced and gossipy, because twins. which is very mean to say about twins.
  • cancer: no offense to anyone who is a cancer, but my Least Favorite Human that I've ever met is a cancer, so my perception is tainted. cancers cry a lot. all the time. about everything.
  • leo: you know, I honestly don't know what is associated with leo, besides... lion. so therefore, leos are brave. you might belong in august, where dwell the brave of heart. their daring, nerve, and chivalry set leos apart. congrats you're gryffindor now
  • virgo: or is it libra comes first? I think it's virgo. um, anyway, virgo is my moon sign. I respect virgo. the general sense I get is that they're very... anal and particular and organized? their lists are color-coded and have subheadings?
  • libra: or possibly virgo, depending on whether or not I switched the order. BUT YEAH SO, LIBRA, SCALES. ALL ABOUT THAT FAIRNESS AND JUSTICE. common room is next to the kitchen.
  • scorpio: uuuuuuuGHHHHHHHHHHHH I'M SO FED UPPPPPPP I am a scorpio but I don't WANNA BE a scorpio I'm so TIRED of everything being nothing but femme fatale tropes and byronic hero nonsense I'M NOT MYSTERIOUS!!! are people even mysterious in real life? also please stop talking about how sexually charged and passionate I am. please don't do this. you're making this uncomfortable for everyone and I wanna exchange my sign for something else
  • sagittarius: the sense I get is that sagittarius is best personified by a weird kid at summer camp who hardcore believes in aliens and whose knees are full of band-aids
  • capricorn: does capricorn come next? I don't honestly even know. I don't know anything about capricorns. they're represented by a goat though, so that automatically makes them better than every other sign. A MERMAID GOAT, NO LESS. listen, idk what capricorns are like, but I'm trading my star sign. I WANNA BE A MERMAID GOAT. I WANNA BE A MERMAID GOAT MORE THAN ANYTHING.
  • aquarius: the only thing I know about aquarius is that song in Hair
  • pisces: fish. has lots of emotions, but is pretty chill and creative? bunks with sagittarius at summer camp, but personally prefers cryptids to aliens