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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
8:32 am
[swishandflick05]
As many of you reading this will now know, we have been officially reincarnated as the Tsunamis! We have a complete team put together and we're ready to go in Vegas with the newly extended tournament times! There is a bit of an issue for some folks with registration (see Christa's message) but hopefully we'll overcome this.

I agree with Christa that good swimming techniques are a must; speed in the water will be very important and it will be much harder to keep focused on the play than it was on the not-quite-yet-totally-underwater Salem pitch.

Another thing we should decide is whether we should have a new page for the Tsunamis or not, considering also that some of the team members were not on the Phoenixes. I'll leave that open to comment!

Look forward to seeing everyone in Vegas and I hope we can all make it!
Monday, March 20th, 2006
2:29 pm
[seekerbabe]
Hello there my little Phoenixes!
Hey guys- long time, no talk!

Well first off, let me start by saying that I hope everyone is well. Things are pretty good my way, I'm just constantly busy. I've heard from Gareth, but how are my girls Lyn & Kat??? Send an update.
Okay, at this time I have not registered for Lumos. The current status is: I am on the official waiting list and have posted a request on the message board center. Coach Pyne is going to keep me on the team roster until April 30th, as that is the official Quidditch deadline, so keep you fingers crossed for me.
I've not spoken to our new team members, but I have read a few e-mails that have been sent out. I do know that the three of you (Gareth, Lyn & Kat)have been swimming and that is what you need to continue to do. Within the next week, I will send out some things that you can practice in the pool that will help with your techniques. Although the synchronized thing is cute, ultimately speed and precision in the water is what will obtain a "win" for us.
Okay, that's gonna do it for me. Once again, I hope everyone is great. I hope you all post soon so I can catch up with what's going on with everyone.

Ciao,
Christa

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
4:46 pm
[hothgirl]
Swimming...
...start doing it now! LOL

Lyn and I were down at the pool for lap swim earlier this week. It's amazing how out of shape one can be without even knowing it. The pool kicked our butts! ;-)

Anyway, just a friendly word of advice for the team...Get Training!

<3

~ Kat
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
10:05 pm
[swishandflick05]
OK, no one has posted in a while, so I'm going to take the lead here even though I have nothing particular to say. Planning to reserve my hotel in Vegas now and so I thought of all you guys. I'm pretty much decided not to stay at the conference hotel since the rates for regular hotels in Vegas are way cheaper. I'm thinking of possibly bringing my car down so that will make things more convenient. I still don't know where I'm going to be living by then, so things are up in the air right now. I am pretty much back on line now, though, after being gone for a long time off and on. How is everyone doing with registration? I'll try to get more in gear with Lumos-type things soon.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
10:50 am
[seekerbabe]
Bad news guys...
I hate to have to make this decision, but there is no way that I can register right now. All of my money has to go towards Christmas presents, travel...and that's not mentioning the big-ass check I have to write for tuition for the next semeseter. I would be good after new year's but not right now. I'll see what I can do about getting on the team when I can register. To be honest, I am totally not digging the way they are handling this whole gig- only 8 teams? 2 hours only? Just more reinforcement to completely separate the whole Quidditch league and make it it's own independent entity.
Sorry guys...but I have to hold off for now. Once I have some money, I'll try and get someone from the organization on the phone and secure myself a spot. If not, I guess I'll just be on the sidelines cheering you all on.
THIS SUCKS!!!!!

Christa

Current Mood: angry
Monday, December 5th, 2005
2:19 pm
[drex23]
Harry Potter Wins Again
20 Million this past weekend

I believe that puts it in the 180-190 Million Dollar range?
Thursday, December 1st, 2005
4:41 pm
[swishandflick05]
WATER QUIDDITCH REGISTRATION OPEN!!!!
I have just checked the Lumos website and discovered that Water Quidditch registration is now open and rules and a new list of teams have been posted. I have asked the organizer if we can be registered as a team and whether I can pass along your names. In the meantime, I suggest that everyone who is going registers ASAP since there are likely to be a limited number of available spots (they are going with eight teams, not sure how they will do this). For the time being, you should request to be on the same team as me (use my Muggle name) and remember to include your position in the message. To register, e-mail waterquidditch@lumos2006.org. You need to be registered for the conference first, so if you haven't done so, now's the time.
Saturday, November 26th, 2005
10:16 pm
[swishandflick05]
I thought it was pretty awesome personally. I did see it in IMAX, so maybe that helped. I guess I agree with most of what Christa said but somehow it didn't really bother me quite so much; I felt really carried along by it; I can't wait to go see it again. And yeah, I teared up, too: I'm quite the sensitive guy ;). I can't imagine what a basket case I'll be after the sixth film.

Sorry I've disappeared for a while, about to disappear again for a while, unfortunately as I am now sandwiched between serious family and career issues (at least I might actually be getting a job, though; I've had seven interviews :)). I'll try and get back on this whole Quidditch thing after Christmas. But I don't know when they're going to put up the official registration on the Nimbus site. It's down tonight; maybe they're updating it? Anyway, I'll still try to keep half an eye on it, but I might not be able to go on-line every day. We might have to act fast. Perhaps we can keep as many pairs of eyes on it as possible; the link to where the registration will be is imbedded in the earlier message where they e-mailed us back.

Oh, and on the Vegas hotel thing: I found there are some very cheap hotels in Vegas, like $40 a night or even less on hotels.com. They're far away from the Marriott but as there's such a huge difference in price and with the doubles sold out, I think it would probably be more than worth it to rent a car. What do you guys think?
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
11:48 am
[seekerbabe]
Goblet of Fire
Well...what did you guys think? Personally, I thought it was...okay. I must admit that there was a bit of disappointment because of what they omitted, however I also knew that they would have to in order to stay within their time constraints. I also feel like they misrepresented Moody and Dumbledore. In my HP world, Moody is older, skinny, with long gray hair, and without a prosthetic eye that looks as though it was purchased in a Star Wars memorabilia store. Also, Dumbledore is always cool, calm and collective. Not the panic-stricken person I saw in the movie, AND he would never grab Harry by the shoulders and shake him in his attempts to obtain information regarding an intense situation. They did however, put a lot of emotion into the graveyard scene. I will admit that when his parents appeared from the smoke to give him guidance, I teared up. Overall...I guess I enjoyed it. Nothing should never not be loved because it's not perfect:)
What did you guys think? Can't wait to see the pics of you guys all dressed up...

Ciao,
Christa

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, November 15th, 2005
8:54 pm
[latusfear]
movie!!
Can't wait, can't wait!

And that's about all I have to say about that.

I'm sure we'll be posting pictures after this weekend of us in our nifty costumes. Ooh, then you guys can see a picture of our newest team member!

Current Mood: excited
11:22 am
[seekerbabe]
Goblet of Fire!!!
Hey guys-
Well, to answer your question...I am just gonna try and find the best theatre in my area to watch. Some IMAX theatres are showing it, but not the one close to me. I would much rather see it in IMAX but I don't feel like driving 2 hours to Orlando, then 2 hours back. What about you?

Christa

Current Mood: relaxed
Monday, November 14th, 2005
10:11 pm
[hothgirl]
Goblet of Fire
Anyone doing anything exciting this weekend for the movie opening? :-)
Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
10:47 am
[drex23]
How many other teams are we talking here?

I mean if you wanted to be ambitious, get all the team captains together on an LJ or mailing thread and see if some sort of common ground could be built that would possibly allow for more matches. I find it hard to believe that the pool will be busy ALL the time.

We've got three days and I find it hard to understand why we CANT play every night later in the evening? At least possibly spread it out and maybe secure ground and water games? The convention is practically taking over the hotel, I really dont understand why they wouldn't give an entire night of pool time to the dozens of people who are paying to USE it.

Sorry. Just my two cents.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
11:11 pm
[hothgirl]
How about...
...we find another location, aside from the pool, and have some ground matches? There has to be a yard or something nearby. Just an idea.

With an area that large there has to be some other place.

And I do think you're right captain, if we're just 'guests' using the pool then they can't technically tell us we can't play quidditch.... *shrugs* Besides, if the other guests/spectators are anything like we had in Salem, they'll love watching us play! :-)

And did that response email imply we'd be signing up for teams in advance? And it sounded like they had new team histories...does that mean the phoenixes will have to have an alter ego this time?

Hmm...many questions I have...
6:18 pm
[swishandflick05]
I guess what I was thinking is that what would be organized would be kept totally unofficial. So, on one level, we would still be participating in the official tournament and trying to get our registration in for that as early as possible, and hoping (persuading?) the Lumos organizers will get more time. At the same time, we could be organizing pick-up games/tournaments using the LJ network of teams to satisfy our remaining Quidditch fix. If we keep this unofficial, then, as hotel guests (or supposedly hotel guests), we could use the pool space at other times, we don't need to involve the Lumos people or the hotel officially at all. So it wouldn't really be rivaling the official tournament, it would just be another thing going on.
12:04 pm
[seekerbabe]
I swear this site make my brain hurt...
Hey guys-

Interesting Lumos information, in all aspects. I dunno what sort of options we can utilize regarding the whole pool/time issue. My thoughts were that maybe we could find another location, but that's not really gonna work unless the other teams agree and unite with us. And even if they did, would Lumos coordinators support that decision? With us taking it out of their hands? I just can't fathom all these teams playing within 2 hours...there's just no way. It almost would seem that the whole APQA should be a completely seperate entity, with it's own organizers. I think that the organizers of all the symposiums wanted to include Quidditch as something fun to do, but did not realize how the sport would grow to become so large and taken so seriously. I will support whatever decision my team deems best to shoot for.
As far as rooms go, as I mentioned before, I will book mine in the spring. Once again, my friend Jennifer will be coming with me and we will most definitely be renting a car. I've been to Vegas a few times and I gotta tell ya...it's hot as hell there, especially in July. It cools down a bit at night, mostly due to the desert that surrounds it, but it's still quite warm. Too warm to walk for too long- so if anyone needs rides to and from events- we'll be glad to give lifts. Also, Vegas has a pretty good bus system as well.
Alrighty guys...those are my thoughts...
Rock on Phoenixes!
P.S. Welcome Wingnut:)

Current Mood: naughty
Monday, November 7th, 2005
9:47 pm
[swishandflick05]
I have just received the following reply e-mail:

Dear Gareth,

Thank you for your email. We are very excited to offer a twist upon
the previous versions of Quidditch offered at HPEF events.
Unfortunately, our allotted time for Water Quidditch is determined by
the availability of the hotel's pool. We will be taking over a
significant portion of the JW Marriott's pool during the scheduled
time. Because there will be other hotel guests who desire to make use
of the pool, we are limited to only a two-hour time slot. We are
currently working with the hotel to try to get additional pool time,
but there are no guarantees.

Information regarding Water Quidditch rules, team histories, and
sign-up information will be available within a few weeks on our
website, linked from the Informal Events page here:
http://lumos2006.org/events.shtml.

Regards,

Bekki Olivieri
Head of Programming, Lumos 2006


Thoughts? Reactions? Ideas?

It seems if they really are trying to get the hotel to give them additional time, then that's as much as they can do. Perhaps an update letter, after a while, might remind them to keep doing this?

The other idea I had would be to arrange an additional tournament or perhaps pick-up tournaments or scrimmages using the pool space on other days without officially reserving the space? Or at another location? We could make use of these LJ pages to contact other prospective Quidditch players, hoping they're still reading them. Another thing to do would be to check the update page frequently in case there is some kind of first-come, first-serve signup so we can make sure that we get in as a team.

Anyway, what do you guys think about all this?
Sunday, November 6th, 2005
5:55 pm
[hothgirl]
Hotel for Lumos
Just a note...

If you guys haven't checked the Lumos website, there aren't many rooms left at the host hotel.

There is another suggested hotel, but it's four miles away. And though that's not a bad walk, it still may be a bit far to walk at night. Lyn's brother and sister-in-law went to Vegas not too long ago and said the taxi fees are outrageous so that's probably not an option for most of us anyway.

Just thought I'd pass the word along so those of you that want a room there could get one. Some thing's better than nothing at this point I'd say.

And even if you're still undecided, you can at least get a hotel room and cancel if you decide not to go. You have until 48 hours before your check in to do that without penalties.

Just a heads up.

~ Kat
4:43 pm
[swishandflick05]
Here is the copy of the e-mail I sent to the Lumos organizers. I employed all writing skills at my disposal. I'll let you know when we get a reply and then we can go from there:

To Whom it May Concern:

As a veteran of both the Nimbus and Witching Hour Quidditch tournaments, I am very much looking forward to participating in the Water Quidditch tournament at Lumos. Having played both carpet Quidditch and mud Quidditch, this certainly sounds like an exciting change.

That was why I was dismayed to discover that only two hours have been reserved for the Quidditch tournament this time. After talking this over with my teammates, we strongly feel that, given the strong interest that was showed in Quidditch at the Witching Hour, which saw around 100 final participants, it is difficult to imagine playing the whole tournament in two hours. Since, as noted on your web site, the conference schedule is subject to change, we very much hope that you will reconsider and allocate more time to what has become an important and highly successful part of the HPEF conferences.

I suggest this could be done either by 1) moving the starting time of the event further back into the afternoon, or 2) holding the event on multiple days. This would cause part of the event to overlap with other formal programming as was the case at the Witching Hour, but given the popularity and likely high attendance of the conference as a whole, we do not believe that this would impact those activities in a significant way.

If there is a question of pool/facility reservation, my teammates agree that they would be willing to pay a nominal fee, similar to what we paid at the Witching Hour, to help cover any costs. I am also willing to volunteer my time if it could help in any way to arrange logistical matters.

Further, we would like to ask what the registration procedure for signing up for Quidditch. We would like to keep most of our team intact from the Witching Hour. Our two beaters, Seeker, and Keeper have confirmed that they are attending and plan to play. We also have recruited at least one new Chaser.

I know I speak for all participants when I say that all of your efforts in planning events like these are very much appreciated. We very much hope that you will consider our suggestion to explore all possibilities for extending the time of what is sure to be a very fun event.

Sincerely,

Swishandflick
Muggle name: Gareth Fisher
Captain, Witch School Phoenixes
Salem APQA Semifinalists
Saturday, November 5th, 2005
5:18 pm
[swishandflick05]
First of all, I'd like to welcome Scott (Wingnut) to our team! I am the captain Swishandflick (Gareth) and the anti-You-Know-Who.

Any other Chaser volunteers or Chasers changing their minds about going (see I'm just trying to create a good example), please let us know, and we still love for you to participate in the board even if you're not coming (we might even consider retiring your numbers!).

I just arrived in Michigan and I'm a bit knackered at the moment but I promise that tomorrow, without fail, I will send off a letter to the relevant Lumos person and copy it here. I'm also thinking of suggesting in the letter that if there is a question of cost in reserving the pool (or if a different pool other than the hotel one has to be used or something), we'd be willing to pay a nominal extra registration fee similar to the one we paid for TWH. Does that sound reasonable?

Thanks a lot to Kat for putting up pictures! (I was wondering what had happened but I didn't want to be pushy (needing to remain the anti-You-Know-Who, you know :)).
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