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Joe Umland
I am a master of observation.
Fri May 26, 2017 14:46
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Joe nodded his agreement about back-up plans, glad they were thinking similar thoughts. “You know it,” he said.

The question about breaks was, by definition, a boring question. Everyone asked it and everyone usually gave the same answers. Goodness knew Joe was planning to give his standard answer when Jozua inevitably passed the conversation-starter back to him - maybe with a few selected details, amusing things, added in to prevent Awkward Silence from falling upon them, but not the truth under any circumstances. He was surprised, then, when Jozua - who he’d never noticed was all that talkative in general - far from giving him a boring answer, launched into a passionate ramble about dueling.

Joe sat back in his chair as he listened, genuinely impressed. He’d known Jozua was running a dueling club even before the other Teppenpaw had asked him about his thoughts on a new advisor, but he had not known the other boy was this into it. This sounded like John talking about rare crows or Mom rare copies of Margery Kempe, with the main difference being that the bits Joe could understand were actually interesting. Joe found this heartening, as it indicated that maybe the Sorting Potion hadn’t been quite broken the year he had consumed some of it.

“Probably not the best midterm ever,” he said when the question was passed back to him, amused. “Not the worst, of course - “ this was what Joe believed the vernacular would classify as a lie; Joe himself just thought of it as a carefully qualified statement, as things could always be worse. This year, it had only felt like the whole family had been hit by a train; since no actual trains and death and such had been involved, he had to acknowledge that Christmas could have been worse - “but it was...pretty normal. My sister won’t shut up about her wedding and my mom wanted to go to church even more often than usual, but we had a good time.” Okay, that was an outright lie. He’d deal with it when he went home for Easter. “You said this tournament was in Aladren? I have to ask what that town’s like.”

  • You picked up on that, did you?Jozua Sparks, Thu May 25 21:21
    Jozua nodded in agreement that teaching solely Advanced classes suggested a higher base knowledge in the subject, which would probably be a good thing in a person trying to keep a bunch of 11-18 year ... more
    • I am a master of observation. — Joe Umland, Fri May 26 14:46
      • It is an excellent trait to possessJozua, Fri May 26 20:37
        Jozua nodded in sympathy when Joe predictably admitted his midterm had lacked the glory and wonder of Jozua's. Not everyone could have The Best Midterm Ever, and Jozua had surely claimed it this... more
        • Thank you, I quite agree.Joe Umland , Sun May 28 11:47
          “Hm, probably not,” agreed Joe when Jozua got really specific about a drawback of life in Aladren. “Unless you’ve got immigrants of a certain age from Saskatchewan. My granddad might know them. I... more
          • Continuing to overshareJozua Sparks, Wed May 31 14:27
            Jozua twisted his expression into uncertainty and wiggled his hand out in front of him. "We've got immigrants," he admitted. "I know of one from the Netherlands in the form of my mother, but," he... more
            • Continuing to ask questions.Joe Umland, Wed May 31 16:03
              Jozua’s mother was from the Netherlands*? Well, that was not something he thought one heard every day. Joe knew this was probably not interesting if one was used to it, but he still considered this... more
              • Continuing to answerJozua, Thu Jun 1 10:07
                Jozua nodded in understanding as Joe explained the dangers of hysterical people who didn't slow down to think about things before jumping to wrong conclusions. He might not know any muggle mothers... more
                • Contemplating the future.Joe, Thu Jun 1 18:04
                  “I see your dad’s point,” said Joe, amused, as Jozua continued into his family’s insurance woes. “I’d be mad if my bills went up because John set something on fire.” Not quite the same thing, of... more
                  • Uh-oh, Cleo and Amelia are catching upJozua, Fri Jun 2 08:37
                    Jozua laughed, "Well if you're learning your trade from him and he just set the whole town on fire because the spell he was inventing did exactly what it was supposed to do, they might be justified... more
                    • Can't allow that to happen.Joe, Fri Jun 2 14:10
                      Joe was not as touchy about money and politics as some of his siblings were, but he still wasn’t quite sure what he thought of Jozua’s blunt statement that his mother was rich and that high insurance ... more
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