March 21st, 2005

Columbia launch

#18

Finished another book:

Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness: Modern History from the Sports Desk by Hunter S. Thompson. It's pretty typical for his works, with a lot of exageration and stream-of-consciousness writing, but there are hints, here and there, of what might have led to his suicide. Not as interesting a read as is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but of definite interest to those who enjoyed his works.

Spent some time yesterday with Vince, the fellow who really introduced me to the old BBSs. He ran a rather vigorous one out of his bedroom in Stanton, and we ended up socializing with a number of folks through it. A couple of my LJ friends date back to that time, actually. It was nice to see him, and I exchanged a couple of items of interest to him (a spare copy of a Jello Biafra spoken word album, and a spare copy of the Crusade TV DVD) in trade for several JMS comic books, of which I've already read two: The Amazing Spiderman #515 (ho-hum), and Rising Stars #24, the last issue, which nails home the storyline once and for all. Not what I expected, but not exactly bad, either. I guess I'll have to move the novelization up in my reading queue...

After that visit, we went to Fairfax to meet folks at Lola's, where we celebrated psione's birthday. forestcats thought things out very well, and we brought her a gift for her birthday from a gourmet shop that she loved. Thank goodness. She's a sweetheart, and I wish her a very happy upcoming year. The food was good there, and the party was very pleasant, with good conversation to be had.

I'm smelling wonderful scents from the kitchen, and I must be off....
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