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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Movies Too!

Besides reading, I’ve also watched more movies this summer than I have in the past several years put together. In order of preference:

Batman Begins (repeatedly)
House of Flying Daggers
Fantastic Four (twice)
The Bourne Identity
Finding Neverland
The Incredibles
X-Men II
X-Men I
Spiderman I
Spiderman II
Revenge of the Sith

I liked everything except Revenge of the Sith; I’d already seen MIB and MIB II before; And I loved Batman Begins–that’ll be on pre-order as soon as it becomes available. (And if that list doesn’t tell you something about me, not sure what does.)

I’m also planning to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as soon as the crowds go down. And some of the fall movies look good as well. This is the first time in a very long time that I’ve looked forward to seeing multiple movies. (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Serenity; The Corpse Bride) At this rate I may actually be able to discuss popular some form culture with my co-workers.

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Reading Total So Far

I’ve read 78 books so far this year. Not including schoolbooks and cookbooks.

This also doesn’t count the books I’ve started and dropped for something else. (Michael Jecks The Merchant’s Partner, Stephen Lawhead Byzantium, Bite, David Liss A Conspiracy of Paper, Takashi Maisouka Cloud of Sparrows, John Matthews The Song of Taliesin. I haven’t abandoned these books completely though. Except Bite. That really wasn’t to my taste except for the Charlaine Harris story.)

For my information only…

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Into the Fire

Into the Fire (1998) Dennis McKiernan
Book Two of the Hel’s Crucible Duology

The conlusion to the story started in Into the Forge, Phais, Loric, Tipperton, and Beau leave Mineholt North to continue Tip’s quest to take the coin to Agron. War continues to rage as Gryphon seeks to dominate Mithgar and its inhabitants.

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Into the Forge

Into the Forge (1996) Dennis McKiernan

The first book in the Hel’s Crucible duology. Tipperton is awakened by sounds of battle outside his door, and thus is drawn into what is to become one of Mithgar’s great battles of good versus evil, as Gryphon seeks to dominate not just Neddra, but Mithgar and all its people.

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Saturday, July 30, 2005


I’ll be spending the day sitting on the porch watching all the motorcycles go by.

I’m sorry I missed the Clydesdales–but aren’t there more than three motorcycle movies out there?

ADDENDUM the First:
I missed the beginning of the mass of bikes that went by my house, so my results may not reflect all riders, but I was struck by one thing. In all the bikes that went by I saw five bikes with stupid helmetless riders (illegal in West Virginia mind you), and I saw one (1) bike driven by a female. Lots of women riding, but only one woman driving her own bike?

Of course all the female riders might have been at the beginning of the mass of riders I saw, all riding together. But with all the bikes I’ve seen going back and forth since–no women.

I did see lots of pretty bikes though.

ADDENDUM the Second:
On the way to the movies we saw for female drivers–one of whom may have been the woman who drove past my house earlier. And no helmetless riders.

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Friday, July 29, 2005

I Just Like the Headline

Roman ruler’s head found in sewer

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Happy Rain Day!

Happy Rain Day!

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Gaily Forward

Apparently an habitual drunk with little grasp of reality painted the lines downtown after the repaving. Going down University Avenue now involves swerving all over the road in an attempt to remain in your lane, especially where once wide lanes are now narrowed to to width of a Volkswagon Beetle. (See: southbound lane by the Westover Bridge)

The only thing worse is the parody of lane control that they created by the new Osage shopping center, where you veer far to the right due to turn lanes were created whole cloth, and normal lanes were edged onto the roadside.

They need to put up a SLOW! Dangerous Turn! sign things are so bad.

I can’t imagine what posessed someone in Morgantown planning to think that any of this was a good idea.

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So last winter Michael and I both did WVU’s health screening, and in addition to cholesterol (we both have excellent cholesterol levels) I paid extra and got the extra blood work done. When I got the results back, my blood counts were irregular, so I made an appointment with my doctor. After a lot of blood draws, the conclusion was that I was slightly anemic, which we should be able to correct with an iron supplement. So I started taking two iron pills a day, one in the morning, and one in the evening, which seemed to correct the problem.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Just for Me


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