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What if Cedric Diggory didn't die?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:59 pm    Post subject: Will Cedric Ever Recover? Reply with quote

Minisinoo wrote:
Funny you should ask about that Janine. ;>


Funny coincidence, isn't it? But I feel so bad for Cedric on crutches and having to think before every move, especially after having been an athlete, and an outstanding one. Makes me think a bit of that actor - oh, what's his name, you know who I mean, he played Superman and had a horseback riding accident? Oh yes, Christopher Reeves. I admired Reeves as an actor and even more so as a man after that accident and he was wheelchair-bound but went on living and fighting.

I also admire Stephen Hawkins but Hawkins has known that situation all his life. It must be so much harder when it hits you in your prime, like it did Reeves, or the flower of your youth, like it did Cedric.

I'm looking forward to the results of Cedric's tests at the Muggle hospital. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, on Reeves! He was an okay/mediocre actor. Great as Superman, but sort of tanked after that (even before the accident). But in his role as an advocate for the disabled? As so many have said, he really was a "super man." I have enormous respect for him.

Btw, and a funny bit of trivia ... actors are a horribly superstitious lot, but supposedly the role of Superman is "cursed." One Superman killed himself, another was near-fatally wounded, and it seems like there was some other superman-actor who had something happen to him. I wouldn't have known about that but there was discussion of it when the recent Superman Returns film was released.

(Which has nothing to do with either Cedric or writing ... but hey, I love trivia.)

On a related note, an online friend pestered me into renting and watching the first season of the TV show "Friday Night Lights," which has one of the ensemble cast in a wheelchair, also and athlete cut down from a spinal injury. She said Jason Street reminded her of Cedric ... so I rented it and ...

BOY, DOES HE. It's freakish. Less in actual details/events than just in personality and a "good boy" trying to deal with such a catastrophic injury.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reeves & Jason Street Reply with quote

Minisinoo wrote:
Yes, on Reeves! He was an okay/mediocre actor. Great as Superman, but sort of tanked after that (even before the accident). But in his role as an advocate for the disabled? As so many have said, he really was a "super man." I have enormous respect for him.
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On a related note, an online friend pestered me into renting and watching the first season of the TV show "Friday Night Lights," which has one of the ensemble cast in a wheelchair, also and athlete cut down from a spinal injury. She said Jason Street reminded her of Cedric ... so I rented it and ...

BOY, DOES HE. It's freakish. Less in actual details/events than just in personality and a "good boy" trying to deal with such a catastrophic injury.


I agree about Christopher Reeves as an actor. I liked him, but he would never have won any acting award. Rolling Eyes Superman doesn't need a lot of acting. He was credible though in the role of the Children's teacher in the remake of "Village of the Damned." I'm not sure in what other movies I've seen him, which means they left no lasting impression on me. Wink

I've never even heard of Friday Night Lights but you make me curious about Jason Street and Cedric. I'll have to have a look at that.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:04 pm    Post subject: Handicapped Access Reply with quote

There's a lot of very accurate descriptions of "handicapped access" that are not really accessible to handicapped people in Cedric (as seen by Min)'s story. Let me add one example I came across recently.

My husband and I go to a medical center two or three times a week, me for physical therapy, he for cardiac rehab. The two rooms are conveniently situated next door to one another, with the Men's Room and Women's Room in-betwwen. So far, so good. The thing is, there are a lot of connecting doors, not to mention the entrance doors to the rest rooms, and all of them are very heavy to open.

I always have to wait for someone to help me with the door when I want to use the ladies' room. It's so heavy that, even leaning on a cane, I have trouble opening it and keeping my balance. I wouldn't want to try it balancing on crutches. Also, it's supposed to be wheelchair accessible and indeed, the cubicle is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. The problem is, I don't see someone in a wheelchair opening that door, then squeezing into a very narrow little way with a very tight turn to get to the cubicle. It is absolutely absurd.

And this, mind you, in the Physical Therapy/Cardiac Rehab section of the Medical Center, where by definition, people are not very steady on their feet, or shouldn't exert themselves too much!! It's the same with all the access doors. We've remarked about it to the nurses and PTs and attendants, who all agree, but... that's just the way it is. Rolling Eyes

I just wish whoever designed this labyrinth with heavy doors and narrow hallways would break a leg and have to use crutches or a wheelchair in this facility they designed for disabled people... Like I often wish architects would have to live in the houses they designed. This, however, is more important in a practical way, and thoroughly absurd. very upset
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, that's an excellent example! Thanks! I've heard people talk about issues with heavy doors before, and no "handicapped access" button to press to open them. But I hadn't thought about the narrow hall/tight corner. But that is sorta like the "handicapped access" bathroom at the bottom of a flight of stairs that I was told about (and used in the story). Complying with the letter of the law and ignoring the spirit? *snort*
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Btw, I should have a new chapter up -- FINALLY -- of Dulce by (probably) next weekend. I'll post when it goes up, but I thought I'd mention it. Smile I apologize for the HUGE delay, but a wide variety of real-life issues interfered.
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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2008 1:41 pm    Post subject: Looking forward to it Reply with quote

Minisinoo wrote:
Btw, I should have a new chapter up -- FINALLY -- of Dulce by (probably) next weekend. I'll post when it goes up, but I thought I'd mention it. Smile I apologize for the HUGE delay, but a wide variety of real-life issues interfered.

That's great news, Min! It's been so long. Sad

I too (and I think most of the people in this forum, with the exception of the Politix addicts) have been overwhelmingly busy - that kept us from going into withdrawal over your fan fics. wink

Very much looking forward to the next chapter(s).

I'll try to finish off my contractual work before the weekend so I can read it with a tranquil mind and a clear conscience. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:13 pm    Post subject: Where are these new chapters Reply with quote

you've been promising us, Minisinoo? We've been waiting with bated breath since last weekend!! bleh
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, as some of you have figured out ... my website COLLAPSED Sunday before last. It's been down over a week. I am, yes, in the process of trying to move hosts. This is going to take time for a variety of reasons -- starting with the fact customer service at my current host SUCKS, and they also have a ridiculous number of hoops to jump through in order to transfer DNS. I placed my formal request 2 days ago, and they've been ignoring me since. They've also ignored all my complaints about the excessive downtime ... with no explanation as to what the problem is.

So ... it could take a while. I'd prefer -- if possible -- to keep my domain name, but the host registers it for privacy reasons, so that means I have to get them to *release* it. They claim in their contract that they'll do that, but of course, the drag their feet hoping you'll give up and just stay with them. Ha. Power of inertia?

Anyway, in frustration, I put the chapter on my Live Journal. Including images. Because of the length of the chapter, it had to be divided into two posts, but the link to the second half is at the bottom of the first, so hopefully there will be no problems.

http://minisinoo.livejournal.com/471600.html

Feel free, if you wish, to comment here or in the journal. I do have my journal set to accept "anonymous" comments so that people don't HAVE to have an LJ in order to leave a comment, but they are screened. (Largely because some years ago now, I had a problem with trolls, so I screen anonymous comments, but unless you're advertizing Viagra, I just approve them automatically, ha.) That said, no need to reply there if you'd rather not, just wanted to make it clear it'll accept anonymous. :-)

Supposedly, the server is under "maintenance" but I have my doubts that it'll be fixed before the weekend. I can hope. And among their other problems, they're a bunch of lazy sods and NEVER seem to tackle ANY problem on the weekends.

But yeah, just for reference, this awful hosting service is Host Once. So if you or anyone you know is looking for a host, this is NOT a good choice. Neither is Go Daddy, which has similar problems. I'll be moving to Dreamhost, which may have slightly more downtime overall, but has exceptional customer service. Even people who've complained of downtime praise their response time. I'll put up with "technical difficulties" if I KNOW what's going on ... Host Once's "customer service" amounts to "If we ignore you long enough, you'll give up and go away and quit complaining. And if we make it difficult enough to move, you'll give up and stay." Ha.

I AM leaving. Even if it means getting a new domain name. I just want to see if I can keep mine, if possible. I've had it 6 years and getting a new one will mean a HELL of a lot of broken links ALL over the place ... many of which on [rec] pages that are abandoned, or not regularly kept up.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:56 pm    Post subject: The Slug Club Reply with quote

Great to see it up!! Thank you, Min! I went to have a look but was very busy today and haven't read it yet, will do it later tonight.

Servers: Yes they can be a pain, can't they. We use GoDaddy for AvenueViet and I must say that up to now, they've responded fairly quickly when we've hit problems. They check on whatever it is you're complaining about and get back to you. Maybe we're just lucky, for I see it's among your non-recommended servers, so there must have been complaints.

Anyway, will comment on the new chapter after I've read it, as I'm sure other of your fans in here will too. Very Happy
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