@KeLynn It's a series! http://www.brucecoville.com/books.asp?gid=9
Although I've only read the first one, this makes me want to go to a bookstore and buy the rest immediately. Bruce Coville was my all-time favorite author when I was a kid, mostly because I was really into the magical realism stuff he did. Also: Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher!
ETA: The series actually has its own website! http://www.unicornchronicles.com/home.asp
@LRMG You're pretty much the opposite of me! I'm a shameless eavesdropper, especially when it comes to bar or party situations. If two people are being loud enough and you have something interesting to say or ask about it, interject! The worst thing that will happen is that they'll answer and then ignore you. In the best case scenario, you've got a new conversation going without the awkward "ice breaker questions".
Oh, this happens so much in any kind of neighborhood with similarly aged people hang out at a few bars. My neighborhood is ridiculously incestuous, though I've found sine I've stopped hanging out at a particular bar as much, I am much less involved in the gossip circle and am happier for it. Another good solution was to date someone who, while living in the same neighborhood, is completely outside my social circle.
But sometimes even that barely works, because you find out that the guy your dating studied abroad in Spain with one of the roommates from when you lived in Brooklyn for 3 months 3 years ago. Which, how improbable is that?
@melis Ha! I remember studying abroad in Bath, and they have a Jane Austen museum and a tiny statue/puppet of her in the house where she used to live. I found that very amusing after my Brit Lit professor told me, essentially, "Jane Austen hated Bath! Every time something horrible happens to someone it's in Bath!"
Though I am of the opinion that it's a very lovely place, even if they are so snobby about the look of their city that they have a fake castle wall up on the hill.
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@Artressa Vandelay I make it a point to post Tim Curry singing "Anything Can Happen on Halloween" every year. Because the green screen! And the O face! And the tambourine! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmG80v473AI
@applestoapples My favorite professor in college loved Melville. It meant that we had to read some pretty awful stuff in our American Gothic course (I'm looking at you, Pierre), but her enthusiasm for Moby-Dick really made me grow to love it.
@sox They are pretty similar, but the circumference on the bottom of flares is usually bigger than that of a bootcut. Also, flares usually start...well, flaring at the knee, while bootcut flare slightly beginning around mid-calf.
@Stevie Yes! The MOMI is awesome now; they just recently finished the renovation. I've also heard great things about the Muppet exhibit.
There's a Panera in Astoria. Just so you know.