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WEEK 48 2007
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This Week, 2006
- a brisk, coolish day. The sun was, mostly, visible; the cats stayed
outside longer than I thought they would - a good half hour. But I
didn't let them out until after 8:00am. I spent some time, doing bills,
doing a bit of homework, doing a bit of shopping. Watched House, also Journeyman - the
latter for the first time, so it's a bit puzzling as to what is
I can hardly believe it is December already.
I made an effort to get Sir
but was foiled. The city has a limited law enforcement presence, as
I've noted before. Only a serious crime or accident - one in progress -
gets a response in less than three or four hours. They do,
however, have enough personnel and money to completely block off about an
entire square mile of city (which includes the
morning, during the start of Christmas season, all
morning, for a parade.
So I've finished Book
(The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 3) , by Garth Nix, as well as Book
Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 5). I'll have to read Sir Thursday some
In the evening I went over to a friends' place, helped out with some
electronic stuff, and had a nice home cooked chicken dinner.
So, for this years' reading, we have over 60 books. I doubt I'll hit
70, but maybe. The longest, by far, was #56 John
Adams. The shortest was #40: Xena
and the Magic
Arrow of Myx.
Island at the Center of the World*
Steelwork Simply Explained
Green and the Gray
Hills is Lonely*
Voyage of Kristina
at Deviant's Palace
on the Zahara*
Professor and the Madman*
End,A Series of Unfortunate Events, Volume 13
Fortune of War*,
Wallet of Kai Lung
and the Magic
Arrow of Myx
Map That Changed the World*
A Story of Courage, Community and War*
Chant in a Crimson Key
the House of Secret Enemies
The Story of the R.34
#48 Outerbridge Reach*
Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Crack In the Edge of the World*
The Company of Soldiers*
by Steven Brust
Monday (TK2K, Book 1)
Tuesday (TK2K, Book 2)
(TK2K, Book 3)
Friday (TK2K, Book 5)
Friday 30 November
- I arose at 4:30 am, got dressed, put all the equipment in
it's cases after charging batteries, etc. Then I opened the door -
Ah, rain, lovely soft rain. I'm back in Lancaster - and it's still
raining here. Cool.
So, no work in the bottom of the flood control channels today.
Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1), by Garth Nix. My
loaned it to me a week ago, along with several others in the series.
fantasy, juvenile, but remarkably imaginative. A far better book than
Sandworms of Dune. It belongs to the "City in the Center of Reality"
genre, I've mentioned those before. And since each book is tied to a
day of the week, there is a guaranteed ending to the series.
Well, not guaranteed
I guess. Not with the horrid abuse of Frank Herbert's Dune legacy, as in
this week's Sandworms
#59 was Grim
Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 2), also by Garth Nix.
And I'm on the next book, Drowned
(The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 3), right now. They
go quick, being small books.
But K didn't
loan me Sir Thursday.
Acckkk. What to do??
29 November 2007
- tired. I have to get up early to get to the new job site, it's a good
thirty miles east of here. I like my new boots, they broke in
immediately and the waterproofing is working wonderfully. I dithered on
waterproof versus breathable, it looks like I made the right
decision. I like them so much that I am considering getting an
identical pair as a backup, should these get swamped and/or worn out.
I missed the GOP debate. I guess the network choose a bunch of Democrat
party operatives as the "randomly selected" questioners - party
workers for John Edwards, union reps. etc. They don't even make a
pretense of even handedness any more. Maybe that's a good thing.
Actually they are
pretending innocence at CNN.
Wednesday 28 November 2007
- a long day, but a milestone, we completed the last of the
two zones and start on a new inspection zone tomorrow. Yay. But now we
need to also sit down and start organizing the data from the earlier
inspections. There will be lacunae and errors...
Tuesday 27 November 2007
- working away.
There are a lot of transients down by the Ventura River. We got to
talking to one, "Timbo". He's the guy who pointed out my flat tire a
couple of weeks ago, thus keeping me from driving on it and ruining it.
He seemed normal at first, then a little odd, then really. He walks
around the river bed, cleaning up stuff, wearing a long black duster
and hat with silver colored buckles on it. Winters he spends in Alabama
at his parents (he is my age). He likes "Jesus Weed". And he spent 8
months in the slammer for hitting someone with a shovel. He says he was
defending himself from another transient with a pit bull. Could be.
Anyway, it's a good idea for us to work in pairs down there...
I was too tired to watch "House". Besides, it's Tivoed.
Monday 26 November 2007
- back on the road, down to Oxnard. Did a bit of work in the afternoon.
Book #57 was
by Brian Herbert and Keven J. Anderson. Not to be unkind, but you need
all the fingers on the right hand to count the various Deux Ex Machina
in the conclusion and all your fingers and toes to add up the loose
ends left. It's ridiculously bad. Major characters that the books have
been following for thousands of pages...just don't show up. There isn't
a speck of mystery in who the Kwisatch Haderach will be. Extraordinary
superhuman characters from earlier books show up as cardboard spear
carriers. Bad, bad, bad.
Sunday 25 November 2007
- I have no idea what happened Sunday. Laundry was involved.