October 23rd, 2016
The week is colored by several long dog walks that our beasties are rather pleased about, a couple of dinners out including last night at a pizzeria that brags about being Mediterranean (doesn't Italy stick out into the Mediterranean?), but then offers a Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza which turned out to be very good!
It was an odd week in one sense. Strolling through an outdoor shopping district in Chino Hills, we came upon a pub-style eatery that we've tried before (and found wanting) and the place had been shut down by the building inspector. It appears that the front facade is falling off! Then, similarly last night we went to Pieology because my beloved wanted to build her own and when we arrived all the eateries on that side of the building were shut down on a Saturday night because of some plumbing issues. Yikes! That led to us going instead to Pizzita Circle (sp?) which we'd never before tried, and as I said, it was good.
We've been beating the house into shape. Soon we're having four of the five remaining trees in the frontyard removed; they are nearing the end of their lifecycles, and are heavily attacked by borer beetles. I loved the shade they gave us, especially on really hot days, but their removal allows us to consider putting solar power panels on the roof, so there's good and bad. We need to get several things done around the house for which I haven't the skills, so it's time for a handyman. I think we have one in mind, maybe in the next two weeks.
Work is busier. I'm still pretty damn happy with my changed circumstance. One patient asked me if I've been losing weight. Have I? I don't know. But I might be with the increased exercise.
Tonight is our Halloween Dungeonmaster show! Be there!
This week I read a few more books.
First was Osprey Vanguard #20: The Tiger Tanks; I think I see why they stopped the Vanguard series and moved onto the New Vanguard series. The former were seriously technical while the latter has a bit more history to them. In any case I like the newer series better in general. This one discusses the Tiger tanks pretty well, German from WWII.
Next I read Herbs: A Global History, there's a bit of history here, but mostly this is a list of herbs and a discussion of the difference between an herb and a spice.
Then it was Osprey Vanguard #21: The PzKpfw V Panther. More German tanks. The Tigers were heavy tanks, while the Panthers were medium. Apparently mechanically unreliable, unfortunately for those who had to drive them.
And that was all I had time for. I did take the time to update Goodreads as to all the various books I'm reading partially. One thing I did do was touch on every single book in the Currently Reading stack; this may be why I didn't finish one or two more books this week.
I suspect I'll get even more done next week...
October 22nd, 2016
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October 16th, 2016
My week's doings included clearing our stack of Netflix discs; one has been sitting here unwatched since February and I confirmed with my spouse that she wasn't interested, so off it goes. Another is from a TV series, so we'll worry about that later. Finally, the last was Captain America: Civil War. I get the conflict, but why should they destroy Leipzig Airport in working out their differences? Hmm? There were some pretty funny lines in it, so, good. Now I've seen it. Don't need to see it again.
Earlier in the week, we went to a food truck thing; it turns out that any given site in San Bernardino County can only host a limited number of food truck events each year, so the Montclair Plaza thing moved over a few blocks to Boomers, a kids playground-y sort of place. I'm not sure what-all they have there, but each Tuesday until they burn through their allotment of days a handful of food trucks show up. I think the best one of these events that I'm presently aware of would be the one in Fullerton on Friday night in the Best Buy parking lot. They get more trucks with better food. But it is much farther away.
During the week last week I had a new patient who's a transplanted Chicagoan and in discussing backgrounds I found out that the whole family misses Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches as well as Stuffed Pizza. I had the joy in educating them about Portillo's in Buena Park as well as Nancy's Pizza in La Verne. Telling the tale to my spouse had us realize that it's been several months since we last stopped over at Nancy's so that turned into lunch yesterday...YUM! But that'll do for a good while.
Last night we partied with the Archers at Kathy's 50th birthday bash. Good food, good company, good DJ...she arranged for a photo booth and since there was a wedding reception next door, apparently she ran into the bride and her bridesmaids in the ladies room and brought them over to use it! Everybody cheered the bride coming and going and they seemed overjoyed to get some funny photos to show off at their own party. Pretty cool. The party was at a local hotel, so we Ubered over instead of driving, and it was a good call because parking was disastrous. Very nice time. I can't wait for the 100th birthday party...
A few more days, a few more books.
First of all, I read what I guess wasn't so much a book as a short story by Larry Niven called A Relic of Empire which dabbled in his Known Space series of stories; not bad.
Next was The Great Revolt by Paul Doherty which was a mystery set in Medieval London. These books are fairly formulaic, but what I enjoy about them is how well he does the setting. Again, not bad.
Then there was Osprey Raid #31: Gothic Serpent: Black Hawk Down Mogadishu 1993, the event that led to the movie Black Hawk Down. Considering how short these Ospreys are, they did a good job of going in depth to set up the political climate locally so as to better understand how it all happened. Pretty solid read, recommended.
Finally, I had seen a recommendation online for a book called Torchship by Karl K. Gallagher. In a positive way, it's like reading a Traveller adventure even if the tech situation isn't quite the same. It was a fun read and a quick one and there's apparently already a sequel which the book sets up nicely, so I need to get onto Amazon and order it. I found it a fun SF novel worth reading.
And so onto the next week!
October 14th, 2016
Sorry to type this, but I missed sinor_sb13's birthday yesterday. I hope it was a good one!
October 13th, 2016
October 12th, 2016
October 9th, 2016
The days, weeks, months, even years seem to blur past; I'm shocked at how I find it hard to recall what I did last weekend. Very strange.
However, last night I do recall! We drove with the Weinsteins over to the Industry Hills Expo Center and watched a PRCA Rodeo with pretty much all of the events you'd expect from a rodeo. However, when they tossed in a motorcycle acrobatic team, I was less impressed. OTOH, they had a fellow who leaped over a bull repeatedly in a form of acrobatics that I seem to recall was documented as done long ago in Crete, and so a piece of history. One of the best rodeos I've seen as an adult!
So, soon to get to the day's chores...
The first book I finished reading since I last posted was Osprey Fortress #37: D-Day Fortifications in Normandy. The series of books had already dealt with the Atlantic Wall as well as other German WWII fortifications, but I guess that the editors decided to do another one detailing in specific the set up on the beaches of Normandy. It felt a little repetitive since I'd read the other books, but in and of itself it was fine.
Next I read Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope, Berke Breathed's new work since he's been posting the cartoon on the Internet. Great work!
Then it was The Fighting 30th Division: They Called Them Roosevelt's SS. Now, I know that I'm fascinated by WWII history, and that for me to read some esoteric item about a small portion of the saga isn't unusual, but this book had a very different feel for me because this was the division that my father's uncle was attached to during the war. He was in the US Army Medical Corps; he was given a medal for his work. So reading about the battles that his division had fought, in the words of the survivors really struck me. A solid read.
The next was Osprey Men-At-Arms #34: The Waffen-SS. It's interesting to note that nearly an entire page of the book was devoted to apologizing for writing in detail about these vicious men who epitomize brutal warfare. I guess my own emotions about that aspect of WWII colored my feelings as I read it.
Then, Osprey New Vanguard #19: Sturmgeschutz: Assault Gun 1940 - 1942 was next. I've seen a later iteration of this basic vehicle on display at a museum at Fort Knox, so I found the read fairly interesting, though once again it's pretty technical.
On to another book!
October 7th, 2016
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