January 2nd, 2004

baby Mouser

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Several days to catch up with.

Happy New Year to all and sundry.

I've dumped another book; only a few this year, but this one was suggested to me, and it sucked raw shite. "Let's Pave the Rainforests...." etc, etc, by Ed Anger sounded like it was a humor item when I first heard about it, and I like political humor. However, it was something just a trifle different in the end. It was a number of "columns" written for the Weekly World News. Ew. I hesitate to say more. Most likely, this will be turned into compost material.

I've also finished just today another composter: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Amulet of Power. I picked this one up only because of the author; I've never played the games, I've never seen the movies. Mike Resnick, as an author, is a guy that I thoroughly enjoy. You can see his hand in some of this, in that he's spent a lot of time in Africa, and he knows the terrain. However, you can't get into the characters at all, and the situation it "fantastic" in the sense that it is entirely fantasy, and I just couldn't suspend my disbelief. I found myself sorry that Resnick didn't just try to write it with his own characters and their faults and foibles. Skip it, or pick it up at a used book store.

New Year's Eve was a bit unusual in that although we at a party, of sorts, we knew almost no one at the home, and those known to us, we didn't know well. Still, I had a good time, with interesting conversation and reasonably good food.

New Year's Day, after I got my work done (and after sleeping late), we went to Disneyland to meet a friend of mine, known to me since Junior High School, but became my friend in college. He, his wife and kids, his brother and kids, and his cousin and kids had convinced themselves that everyone in Southern California would be watching the Rose Bowl to see if USC would be able to pull it off; unfortunately, he was wrong. The park was swarming with humanity, and due to ride closures and changes in the park over the years, about the only areas of significance were Adventureland and New Orleans Square (i.e. Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion). I recall Disneyland as being chock full of rides and attractions to keep us busy for days; with Tomorrowland denuded (seems as if only Star Tours remains), and Fantasyland too childish, nearly everyone in the park seemed to be in the area bounded by the three rides I mentioned above. The press of people was oppressive. It makes Disney's California Adventure pleasant in comparison. The park aside, it was great seeing my friend and his family, and I enjoyed the meal with them for the company (The Blue Bayou Lagoon Restaurant, memory telling me it was the best in the park, is not nearly as good as I remembered it to be). Next time, I'll suggest we wander into Downtown Disney to enjoy a restaurant there, as several are better values than the Blue Bayou.

I'm being driven mad by Judy's dog Xander, as he's fallen in love with me, and won't even let me alone to ruminate on the commode in peace. He's a lovable fellow, I just need a bit more space. Not to mention that he's causing certain household felines to be rather jealous, and I expect to have to deal with those repercussions until February.

I had a bit of a problem with my car a few nights back, which forestcats sort of mentioned in her journal: for no reason that I could ascertain, my car's engine died while I was on my way home. I ended up getting a tow to our mechanic's, and forestcats came to pick me up. Weird. Battery worked, but it just wouldn't crank. It's being worked on now; hopefully the repair won't be expensive.

Be well, one and all, and more later!
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