December 23rd, 2012

Dead Dog Cat

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What with one thing or another, I managed to finish two books that I'd been reading, yesterday.

First was Cold Days by Jim Butcher, the latest novel of his Dresden Files series. It's now less about a PI who's a private detective in Chicago, and more about a near demi-god wizard fighting the creatures trying to invade from outside our Universe. That doesn't change the fact that it is readable and fun. I'd recommend the whole series; honestly, it's hard for the book to stand alone with all the back history that's glossed over. Start with Storm Front if you've never read any of these before.

The other book is Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy, ostensibly by Phyllis Diller, (with Richard Buskin); she talks about her personal history, and the ups and downs of her life. I have to wonder how many out there have been exposed to her humor? I never saw her onstage, just in TV or movies. Still, I thought she was pretty funny. If you find her work interesting, this book is worth reading.
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Dead Dog Cat

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Saturday was filled with activities, and yet not at all busy. What can I say? I'm conflicted in many ways.

While most of the day, my wife was tied up doing various things for a friend, I went to the mechanic's to get some routine maintenance done on the car: oil change, rotated tires, brake lightbulbs replaced in 2/3 of the sites. I hung out there for about two hours; finished one book and got farther in three more, off the Nook, and then when he got busy out in front of his shop using a chainsaw to trim a tree, I helped out a bit with cleaning up the branches and filing them in the dumpster.

Once finished, I got home, did a little laundry, and digitized two albums, neither of which were all that exciting. I now have a small stack of albums (yes, LPs; what once were called licorice pizzas, whippersnappers!) to bring to Rhino Records to see if they'll buy them. I plan to slowly digitize my collection, and only save a very few items that I really like.

During all this, the kitten, Sven, was a full participant until he ran out of steam and crashed. He went to sleep about 4PM, and didn't awaken again until we got home from dinner.

I never got around to eating, and when forestcats got home, we went out. We tried to get in to a new, all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ place that had opened by one mall (braving the ridiculous traffic), but a 45 minute wait was too much for my hunger, so we wandered over to Red Robin. The food was not outstanding, though the service was very good. I think we'll give it a pass in the future.

During the evening, I finished a second book, as mentioned elsewhere, and I napped a bit to get enough strength up to go upstairs to bed. And so it goes.
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