July 24th, 2016
More books read. Wow!
First was a graphic novel by Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo Book 30: Thieves and Spies. I've been following this series for years now. I don't get the comic books, but I wait for the collections to come out and the latest once again is pretty fun. Sakai's Japan is populated by humanoid animals and the protagonist/ronin is a rabbit. If you like comics at all I would urge you to read this series, they are great!
Next was Osprey Men-At-Arms #16: Frederick the Great's Army, an old one of this series, the plates aren't much to speak of, the sketches don't really give good views, and the text is meh. Not the best.
Then, Osprey New Vanguard #13: Scorpion Reconnaissance Vehicle 1972 – 1994, a workhorse. Not a vehicle of legend.
Next it was Questions for a Soldier, a short piece set in John Scalzi's Old Man's War series which did a fine job of giving a picture of what it's like serving in an interstellar military. Not bad if you're reading the series.
Then, Osprey New Vanguard #14: Crusader: Cruiser Tank 1939 – 1945, another British military vehicle, less modern than the previous one. What can I say?
Finally, I finished a book by Jeremy Clarkson, the former star of the British Top Gear show, called I Know You Got Soul: Machines with that Certain Something. In this book each chapter deals with one specific technological item (such as zeppelins, space shuttle, Spitfires, etc). He then explains why each of them were what he'd describe as soulful. A pretty good read, all-in-all.
On to the next book!
Weekday mornings I have less available time, so I only get to do these updates on the weekends...sometimes not even then if we get out to do things early.
Anyway, we've seen a shockingly large number of films in the theater for a change recently. I'm pretty sure I mentioned that we'd seen Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo a while back but since then we went out two nights this week and saw Ghostbusters which I very much enjoyed (especially with the repeated tips of the hat to the original) and followed that by seeing Star Trek: Beyond. I'm getting the point that they're making these films with fast-paced action, clearly to try to keep you from seeing all the plot holes. Was it fun? Mostly. Did it hit a lot of Star Trek tropes? Yes. I didn't hate it, I just think that it could be better.
My job has been getting busier, and they seem pretty happy with my work. It's been three months in the post thus far.
Other items...yesterday we had to pick something up in Norco, and the couple my wife had met online were very pleasant. We spent quite a while chatting after loading the item in the pickup. Very nice. From there we went to La Habra to purchase replacement gear and then to Fullerton (Placentia???) to help repair/replace the waterer for our friends' chicken coop. They are out of town, and their housesitter just wasn't sufficiently savvy to fix things up. The fix was fairly simple and we were out of there pretty fast, and so we made our way to a pizza place in Placentia that serves Chicago-style stuffed pizza called Tony's. It takes time, but when it arrived, it's the best we've had in SoCal!
Not having to work every other weekend has been a real joy; like a weekly vacation! I know that most of you readers get this all the time, but I've worked two or more weekends a month for many years, and so it's very strange to me. Now that we've caught up on many things that we haven't had time for in years, I think it's past due time to arrange a game day. Soonish?
Later today we'll be off with another friend to an event that I've always been on call for, and have never attended...this should be exciting!!!
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This was my birthday week as many of you had noted, and thank you all for the birthday greetings. On the day itself, we went to Owen's Bistro, an excellent local restaurant where we had a delicious meal.
Wednesday night, our friend the_angelus once again DJed karaoke at That 80s Bar in Pomona/Montclair, and so we stopped by for a couple of hours. This time there was possibly triple the number of people who usually hang out there, including other folks celebrating birthdays, and so we all sang Happy Birthday to each other. Fun.
Thursday night I put on the Netflix disc of Zootopia and we found ourselves delighted by the movie. I hope this is a sign of future quality from Disney.
Friday night we drove into the Fairfax district to Little Ethiopia, and met April and Brehon for dinner at Rosalind's. We haven't eaten Ethiopian cuisine in a long time, and April had never previously experienced it, so that was a blast. While we awaited their arrival, because traffic into town wasn't as bad as we'd feared, we took a walk in the neighborhood to give my wife an opportunity to hit up some Pokesites successfully. Me? I'm not playing, but if forestcats wants to, fine. After dinner, we all went to Nobo's party. We didn't cosplay as vampires, but we had somewhat topical black T-shirts, and no one seemed to mind. Nice folks, nice chats, great way to end the week.
Yesterday, we had us an adventure. Apparently there's this quilting event all summer in which participating quilt stores prepare small projects which they then sell, and all these projects can then piece together as quilts. Every store that's part of this worldwide only sells to those who show up at the store until 11/1, at which time they'll sell whatever they have left in their stock by mail. This year the blocks have sparked my wife, and she's arranging trades with folks all over the place. This weekend we drove up to Victorville to hit one such shop, and then drove up what we'd call the back route into Big Bear to hit two stores there. Once that shopping was done, we had a late lunch and strolled around the village there before heading home. Adding to the fun was my wife bagging Pokemon all the way, including at a marker of historical interest in Lucerne Valley. Lots of mountain driving tired me out, and it turns out that the altitude's relative lack of oxygen did slow me down some, so it was nice to get back home.
Today's going to be a projects day; we've got several things to get done.
The last week had its share of busy-ness, but I did manage to finish a few books.
First was one by Christopher Moore, called Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, a wild fun read sort of about whales.
Then I followed that with a graphic novel called White Sand which is based on a fantasy novelists worlds (Sanderson? I forget), but it just never gelled with me so I won't be following it further.
Next was Osprey Elite #25: Soldiers of the English Civil War 1 Infantry after reading which I was unconvinced that these fellows deserved to be called elite. Maybe it's just me.
Then, Osprey Fortress #30: Fort Eben Emael: The Key to Hitler's Victory in the West...there's a Raid book about the same topic, for the most part, and they give a lot of importance to a fort. Although a solid piece of work on the topic, I wasn't convinced that this place was a linchpin in the defenses of the West. Maybe I'm silly.
Finally, a rather stupid graphic novel, Adventures in the Rifle Brigade which is supposed to be, but isn't funny.
So, this week had an occasional bright spot, but really wasn't one of the better weeks for reading for me.
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