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Okay, now onto Friday memeage. First of all, the original thefridayfive:
1) This is the 1st of September, what do you want to accomplish by the 30th?
2) What does September make you think about or feel?
3) September is the ninth month; can you name nine memories so far from this year?
4) What does September have in common with three other months and can you name them?
5) The first weekend in September signals the end of summer for many even though it doesn’t really end for weeks. When does summer end for you?
- I start SCUBA training in less than two weeks now, so by the 30th, I would like to be much closer to my certification than I am now. I would like to have my applications finished for Towson. I would like to have finished my review work of first-level general chemistry, made a dent in second-level, and feel less queasy-nervous about taking organic this winter.
- September, for one, is the month of my birthday. Yet it never feels very celebratory. When I was younger, back in the quaint old days when schools didn't start until after Labor Day, I was usually in school for less than two weeks before my birthday arrived. That was just enough time for the year's room mothers to organize parties for...October onward. Even the summer-birthday kids got a big collective party at the end of the year. I don't think I had a single birthday party in elementary school. As though it didn't suck to go back to school for your birthday anyhow!
These days, now that I've gotten over the birthday-party thing *twitch twitch*, I think of September as somewhat of a transition month. The summer is the biggest time of year for Bobby and me, followed by October and Halloween. September feels like the big breath in between the two. And I still don't really look forward too much to my birthday.
- Diving the reef in Culebra. I didn't expect much. Somehow, I can never believe that such places really exist, even as I fight to protect them. But it was, you might say, love at first sight. And I know now that that trip and that moment changed my life.
- Finishing AMC and the wonderful comments and posts from friends that followed that. It felt like a real accomplishment, even though I know that some will say it was "only" a fanfiction novel. But it was a big step for me as an author.
- Deciding to go back to school to study biology. I will always remember standing on the beach in front of the Commander Hotel in Ocean City with my feet in the water and Bobby at my side, the moment we decided that we needed to change our lives.
- Flying into San Juan airport and seeing all of these beautiful red-orange trees everywhere. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. They are called flamboyenes or flamboyant trees.
- My first taste of fandom drama...eek! I was a mixture of emotions over all of it: hurt, confused, but mostly really pissed off. This is supposed to be fun, isn't it? But I lived, and I am wiser now.
- Skating solo in the Freestyle Fanatics show at Skateland. Deciding that I was going to have fun and to hell with being nervous. Doing just that. Not knowing that it might be my last performance.
- Staring into the ocean on the fishing pier in Ocean City and seeing two huge skates, about four feet across. It's hard to believe sometimes that such amazing life can exist right in one's own backyard.
- When my sister moved to England. Again, I was a mess of emotions: so happy for her on one hand but so angry with the world on the other. And really, that characterizes me to this day.
- My ten-year anniversary with Bobby, which we celebrated in Puerto Rico. Where we dove the Culebra reef. Where we fell in love again. Where we let that love change our lives....
What five characters have been underutilized in canon?
- Finarfin. Without a doubt, the most under-utilized and underappreciated Silmarillion character (in my humblest of humble opinions, of course) is Finarfin. The guy was the only one of the Noldorin elite with his head squarely where it belonged on his shoulders. He also had (and I will argue this until Entwives come home) the hardest job of any Noldorin king. Of course, I understand that the PoV from with The Silmarillion was written makes it hard to follow the life of Finarfin after Feanor took off with 90% of the Noldor with him. But still, the little that he does appear has led to the unfortunate fanon portrayal of his character as a wimp. *tsk tsk*
- Amrod and Amras. Each of the Feanorions seems to play a significant role in the history of the Noldor...except for the twins. They're born, then they get killed at Sirion. They're hardly ever involved in anything, and they have no canon personalities. Again, this has led to unfortunate fanon placing them as the Weasley twins with pointy ears.
- Orodreth. Orodreth seems like such an idiot in The Silmarillion because it seems that we only see him when he's screwing things up. Granted, it must have been tough growing up in the shadow of big-brother Finrod, but I think that Orodreth must have had slightly more gifts that Tolkien (or at least Pengolodh) seems to give him. For example, he stood beside his father in Tirion, trying to calm the Noldor. Now that seems like a rational and likeable guy. But after that, it's all downhill for poor Orodreth, who finds himself involved in lots of big canon events in much the same way that a store mannequin just stands there and looks pretty. I mean, I made him a parallel of George W. Bush in a story once. That's a sad state indeed.
- Ingwe. I could expand this to "the Vanyar in general," who wind up looking like absolute tools until they finally get off of their blond butts and march into battle at the end. But Ingwe especially doesn't seem to really deserve all that he has, namely being Teh Highest of High Kings of All of the Eldar. What made his so special as compared to Finwe and Olwe? It seems that the Noldor and Teleri collectively accomplished much more and advanced Elven civilization more than the Vanyar. I doubt that the Vanyar (and Ingwe) are the tools that they appear to be, and I would love to see more canon evidence of this.
- Celebrimbor. Again, he just sort of exists until he begins all of that tomfoolery with the rings. HoMe implies that he was born in Aman. We know that he was around in Nargothrond. And.... One would think that the second greatest craftsman of all of the Noldor--and a grandson of Feanor at that--would attract a little more press for himself. Celebrimbor almost feels to me like Tolkien needed a justification for his extraordinary talents so Tolkien decided, "A descendant of Feanor! That's it!" and forgot to write him into the story from there.