October 9th, 2016

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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!
Dead Dog Cat

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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...