Archive for December, 2008

Back on the wagon

So, looking at the books I received for Christmas and recalling those I’ve bought for myself, I’ve decided it’s time to reinstate my Ten Book Rule: I shall buy no more books, no matter how tempting, until I’ve read ten I already have. Let Congress feel shame at my shining example of austerity!

Of course, that doesn’t mean I can’t buy music…. 😉


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So, it’s New Year’s Eve. Unlike most of the world, I’m unable to get excited about the turning of the calendar. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Arbor Day — now those are holidays with something behind them. New Year’s is just an arbitrary date on the the calendar, about as special as your car’s odometer rolling over from 999 to 1,000. And all the obnoxious people at parties and the drunks on the road? Oh, yeah. Good times.

So, forgive me if I don’t get into the spirit of clichéd expressions of gratitude that 2008 is over, banal resolutions for 2009 that we’ll never keep, anyway, and the "thrill" of watching an electronic ball drop over the crowd in Times Square. You have my good wishes, but I’ll probably just go to bed early.

Tomorrow will be just like today.


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Now what am I going to do tonight?


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I have to give in to my Inner Little Kid for a moment and share what I got for Christmas. This is some neat stuff:


Doris Kearns-Goodwin’s A Team of Rivals. Abe Lincoln is a deeply-felt hero to me, so I’m looking forward to reading this.

Rick Atkinson’s The Day of Battle. Part two of his Liberation Trilogy, this one covers the Allied campaign in Italy from 1943-44. His first book, An Army at Dawn, was brilliant; I have high expectations for this.

Jon Meacham’s American Lion, a biography of Andrew Jackson. I have ambivalent feelings about President Jackson: On the one hand, he was unstinting in his pursuit of a strong American nation and faced down early moves toward secession. On the other, he was a prime mover behind the Cherokee removal from Georgia, which can only be described as a crime of ethnic cleansing. I’ll be interested to see how Meacham weighs all these and other factors.


Seasons three and eight of Stargate SG-1. One of my favorite shows, it’s a model for what an adventure series should be, science-fiction or not.

Star Wars Episode Four: A New Hope, containing both the wonderful original version and the bowdlerized revision. Han shot first!

The Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. A deep-inside joke from my sister, I had to laugh when I opened the package. I will have revenge.


A new and very needed wallet, a pen so heavy I could hurt someone with it, magnetic bookmarks, cards from friends and family, a Borders gift card, and some always welcome cash.

A nice haul indeed.

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Silent night

A Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night. Big Hug

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Why do people need to play the bass track of their music so loudly that it thumps the walls? I grew out of that some time in high school.

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No magic moments for me

In case you were wondering what happened with that $10 lottery ticket I found, it was not a “movie moment.” There were ten picks out a total of 60 numbers on that ticket, and I hit …drum roll… four numbers. Le sigh.

At least I wasn’t the one who blew ten bucks on the ticket, however.

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