6. August, 2006 - a book thingie

Busy life, few postings lately. Lots has been up, but not much of it all that interesting. While I was away, I watched the Saints go from first to last in their division, and back to third. It was a tight division at the time. Now they’re seven and a half back, and Lincoln’s running away with the division (again), which means the Saints are probably already out of it for the year, unless they can somehow squeak out the second-best finish overall. Doesn’t seem likely to me.

That’s actually okay, though. It means that I can think about making other plans for the playoff dates. Even if those plans are nothing more complex than “spend a day sitting on the patio.” While that’s still a few weeks off, and there’s a chance the boys will rally to make the playoffs, I’d bet the other way, even though two-thirds of their remaining games are at home.

One book that changed your life?
The Way Things Work: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Technology
At least I think this was the one. There was a twenty-some volume set that was offered on a subscription basis (by Time-Life Books, perhaps?) that I started ordering while I was in high-school. I’d done the math, and figured out that I could pay for it with the earnings from my job washing dishes at the local ice-cream parlor or delivering papers or whichever job I had that summer, and had subscribed. I received three of the individual volumes and paid for them quietly, with my parents not really paying attention. Then the company shipped the remaining twenty-some volumes all in a single box, which my dad and step-mom looked at and immediately returned without ever consulting me or even telling me that they’d done it. That was the point at which I quit believing people when they told me “We know what’s best for you.”

One book you have read more than once?
My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny. ISBN:0345295226 or ISBN:0345278054.
The idea of a man outside the system tweaked my brain back when I found the book in high school, and I like to reread it periodicaly. This was also a close contender for the “changed your life” entry.

One book you would want on a desert island?
Has Tom Brown written a book on the edible plants available on a desert island? If so, that’s the one I’d want.

One book that made you laugh?
Kitchen Confidential by Tony Bourdain. ISBN:0060934913.
I was just a lowly dishwasher when I worked in a restaurant, but the stories still hit close enough to home to make me laugh.

One book that made you cry?
John Barleycorn by Jack London. ISBN:0192837176.
I empathize too much with the “habitual drinker” who narrates.

One book you wish had been written?
I don’t have a choice here. I’m still working through the books that have already been written.

One book you wish had never been written?
Again, I don’t have a choice. Even the most worthless piece of trash-writing has an audience somewhere. Who am I to deny that audience a few moments of pleasure while reading?

One book you are currently reading?
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 ISBN:0140284583.
It’s a slow slog, but I’m making progress.

One book you have been meaning to read?
There’s a whole list over on Amazon.

Tag five people:
Dan, jr, Jim, Joey, and Dave.

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