A Surprise Call

Oktubre 26, 2007

em.jpgI got a surprise call yesterday afternoon from my little friend, Elvira Marie (Oh, my God! I’m not supposed to call her “little” because she’s dalaga na pala! πŸ˜€ ) She wanted to say “hello” and ask how I’m doing that’s why she called. And to tell me that she’s got a cellphone now and I can call or text her anytime. Also, that she has a textmate who is a boy from school and who had been annoying her for a long time (sa text) kaya pinansin niya na.

Elvira Marie or Em-em, by the way, is eight years old, the daughter of a former officemate. I met her when she was three and an only child then, and she thought I am her sister because I call her mom (who was my officemate) Inay. She really believed that we’re siblings and I only live in another house. She used to call me ate or just by my name before. Only when she turned seven did she start calling me Tita, after her baby sister was born. Maybe she had figured out that I’m way too old to be her sis and I really am not her mom’s daughter.

I adore this little girl (dalaginding pala). I like talking to heravi-em2.jpg and listening to her stories and childish rants. Her whole family had “adopted” me already in their circle. Sis pa din tayo Em, ha? Ite-text kita, `wag kang mag-alala. Take care, little lady. πŸ˜‰


So What?

Oktubre 24, 2007

This item was in Yahoo News, and I wanted to share it with everybody:

Outing gives Potter passages new meaning

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer Sun Oct 21, 2:06 PM ET

NEW YORK – With author J.K. Rowling’s revelation that master wizard Albus Dumbledore is gay, some passages about the Hogwarts headmaster and rival wizard Gellert Grindelwald have taken on a new and clearer meaning.

The British author stunned her fans at Carnegie Hall on Friday night when she answered one young reader’s question about Dumbledore by saying that he was gay and had been in love with Grindelwald, whom he had defeated years ago in a bitter fight.

“‘You cannot imagine how his ideas caught me, Harry, inflamed me,'” Dumbledore says in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in Rowling’s record-breaking fantasy series.

The news brought gasps, then applause at Carnegie Hall, the last stop on Rowling’s brief U.S. tour, and set off thousands of e-mails on Potter fan Web sites around the world. Some were dismayed, others indifferent, but most were supportive.

“Jo Rowling calling any Harry Potter character gay would make wonderful strides in tolerance toward homosexuality,” Melissa Anelli, webmaster of the fan site http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/ap/ap_en_ot/storytext/books_potter_dumbledore/24904963/SIG=113415unb/*http:/www.the-leaky-cauldron.org, told The Associated Press. “By dubbing someone so respected, so talented and so kind, as someone who just happens to be also homosexual, she’s reinforcing the idea that a person’s gayness is not something of which they should be ashamed.”

“‘DUMBLEDORE IS GAY’ is quite a headline to stumble upon on a Friday evening, and it’s certainly not what I expected,” added Potter fan Patrick Ross, of Rutherford, N.J. “(But) a gay character in the most popular series in the world is a big step for Jo Rowling and for gay rights.”

Gellert Grindelwald was a dark wizard of great power, who terrorized people much in the same way Harry’s nemesis, Lord Voldemort, was to do a generation later. Readers hear of him in the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” in a reference to how Dumbledore defeated him. In “Deathly Hallows,” readers learn they once had been best friends.

“Neither Dumbledore nor Grindelwald ever seems to have referred to this brief boyhood friendship in later life,” Rowling writes. “However, there can be no doubt that Dumbledore delayed, for some five years of turmoil, fatalities, and disappearances, his attack upon Gellert Grindelwald. Was it lingering affection for the man or fear of exposure as his once best friend that caused Dumbledore to hesitate?”

As a young man, Dumbledore, brilliant and powerful, had been forced to return home to look after his mentally ill younger sister and younger brother. It was a task he admits to Harry that he resented, because it derailed the bright future he had been looking forward to.

Then Grindelwald, described by Rowling as “golden-haired, merry-faced,” arrived after having been expelled from his own school. Grindelwald’s aunt, Bathilda Bagshot, says of their meeting: “The boys took to each other at once.” In a letter to Grindelwald, Dumbledore discusses their plans for gaining wizard dominance: “‘(I)f you had not been expelled we would never have met.'”

Potter readers had speculated about Dumbledore, noting that he has no close relationship with women and a mysterious, troubled past.

“Falling in love can blind us to an extent,” Rowling said Friday of Dumbledore’s feelings about Grindelwald, adding that Dumbledore was “horribly, terribly let down.”

Dumbledore’s love, she observed, was his “great tragedy.”

jkr.jpgThis revelation from J.K. Rowling is a bit shocking. As a reader, I had never interpreted his words (in the seventh book) about Grindelwald as a sign of being gay. Although at the back of my mind, I wondered why Dumbledore never got married.

“You cannot imagine how his ideas caught me, Harry, inflamed me.”

When I read this passage before, I attributed it toalbusdumbledore.jpg Dumbledore’s passion for knowledge and how he devine great ideas. Grindelwald was someone whom he can relate to. And it wasn’t really Grindelwald but his IDEAS that “caught” and “inflamed” Dumbledore.

But who am I to question J.K.R’s declaration? She knows the characters in the Harry Potter series more than anyone in the universe. She created them. If she says Dumbledore is gay, then he’s gay. πŸ˜€

Seriously, does it really matter if Albus Dumbledore was gay? So what if he had been in love with Gellert Grindelwald. Overall, he was a good person, very respectable, very sensitive and considerate. Anyway, your gender preference doesn’t define you as a person.

I’m thinking, should I read the books again–or at least the seventh book–open my eyes wider and really read between the lines this time? Maybe I’d find some clues there. πŸ˜€


Gloomy News

Oktubre 3, 2007

Life is full of unexpected events, happy and sad. Before noon today, I received a not-so-good news from one of my friends, telling me that she needs to go home because her brother-in-law met an accident early this morning and she needs to be there for her sister.

I know her sister fairly well. I have met her husband (then her boyfriend) a few years back and at their wedding early this year. They were evidently happy that day. And who wouldn’t be? It was a start of a lifetime together. To complete their happiness, God blessed them with a cute and-although born premature-very healthy little girl. Who would ever think that something could taint this perfect picture?

But the accident happened. Early today, her husband left the house to take care of some paperwork for their business. But he wasn’t able to do what he needed to do. He fell from his motorcycle after stopping at Shell for gas. He was brought to the hospital. I think he suffered head injuries because he wasn’t wearing a helmet. When he woke up, he was able to recognize his wife, but doesn’t remember about his daughter when her name was mentioned.

He could be suffering from a certain kind of amnesia, but the doctors hadn’t said anything yet. According to my friend, the hospital people need to perform head and neck CT scans before they can give a definite diagnosis. I’m hoping it’s just memory lapse, not amnesia, that in the next 24 hours he’d remember everything. I’d hate hear my friend’s sister go through another emotional blow (she cried a lot when her baby was born premature). She’d be devastated.

Until now, I’m still a little shocked. If I wasn’t working when I got my friend’s SMS, I probably would have cried. It never occurred to me that it (if he has amnesia) really happens in real life-not just in books and movies-and someone I know!

Whoever reads this, please help me pray for his immediate recovery and for his wife and daughter. Let us also from this. Always wear a helmet when riding a motorbike. We need protection because we’re not invincible.

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Let me share parts of some of the SMS my friend sent me:

  • paggising ko bad news agad. iyak ng iyak si Ada, naaksidente si Ambet. Me amnesia e. Di kilala ang anak nya. sino daw si Keeshia.
  • Kilala nya si Ada. Kaya talaga atungal si Ada e binanggit si Keeshia, sino daw Keeshia. Grabe. Uwi kami maya.
  • Pati daw leeg dapat i-CT sacan
  • Nagpa-gas lang daw sa Shell, tas nag-slide sa motor. Kaya mas naniiyak si Ada e kaya nagpa-gas e dahil aasikasuhin yung loan sa bank para sa store nila, tas nagakaganun.
  • Ala pa result, kaka-CT scan lang daw. Baka maya pa malalaman.