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Witchy woman

I can’t believe The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been open for four years, and I still haven’t gone.

So I’m going in the next couple of months  — before the summer crush of kids and family.

Or am I?

harry potter worldUniversal Orlando announced just yesterday that the park is launching a new expansion…

This summer.

Can I really go now and miss all the cool new attractions?  We’re talking the actual Diagon Alley, a fully functional Hogwarts Express train that connects the Universal parks, more shops and restaurants from the books, and a new ride called “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.”

Of course, if I do wait and go this summer, all those kids will be there….which means ginormous crowds and lines and heat and sweat and regret.

Perhaps I can wait a bit longer — what’s a few more months at this point — and go between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That is supposedly the slowest time at the park.

Decisions, decisions.  OH WAIT —

I’ll got twice!

Shop talk

A good friend of mine blogs about word meaning and use (see “Word Nymph“).  I thought of her the other day when I realized how my definition for the phrase “window shopping” has changed over the years.

Growing up in rural Kentucky, we had to drive a minimum of 30 minutes to get to a mall.  When you make that kind of time commitment, you usually buy something...so our window shopping took place in a catalog before we left.

After I moved away to college, shops and malls were much closer.  I didn’t have a car then, but I could hitch a ride with a friend easily enough and window shop to my heart’s content.  And I really did window shop back then, because goodness knows I didn’t have any money.

Then I moved to the Midwest and got jobs and cars and drove myself everywhere.  I probably intended to window shop, but instead ended up buying lots of things I didn’t need.

When I moved to the Northeast, things changed even more.  I sold my car.  Walk pretty much everywhere.  On every corner, there are stores for major brands and boutiques and shops. And where do I do most of my window shopping today?

Online.

It’s just so easy.  I can visit any store in seconds, click around on the merchandise — select hundreds of dollars worth, if I feel like it — put it in the shopping cart, and then close out the window, buying absolutely nothing.

I get all the fun of shopping without spending any real money…

…well, that trip.