Category Archives: Books & AudioBooks

Summing up the month

This ends January. The first month of the year on the Western Calendar. A time of no resolutions (hence no guilt because we all know they don’t last longer than it takes to write them down. At least for me…. … Continue reading

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Old Listens

Really, I will not tell you how many audio books that I own. Or have a license to (after all, there is Audible, iTunes, Chirp, GraphicAudio). What I will say that is currently I have very little tolerance for blood … Continue reading

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Library CDs

It probably will not surprise you at all to learn that not everyone who borrows audiobooks from the library bothers to take care of them. End result, of course is that listening to them, ripping them to a hard drive … Continue reading

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Counting down

In some ways, it seems like my semester just started yesterday. But in reality, there is only the remainder of this week and next. Followed by a week of study. Followed by exams. Time flies when you are having fun? … Continue reading

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In my ears

Since this is yet another day at sea, I thought I would detour into audiobooks. If you don’t read, or don’t listen to books you are welcome to hit delete, move on to another blog or do whatever makes you … Continue reading

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Carl won’t leave

No I don’t have a house guest who has been here longer than three days. What we have is a marine layer – fog in the evening completely obscuring the sky. Since Berkeley can occasionally be thought of as a … Continue reading

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It isn’t so much that

the As keep trying to lose. It is more a matter of fouling up a good thing. For example, an error by the shortstop in the first inning turned a routine out into a two base grab. Said runner later … Continue reading

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No Alarm

It is quiet here, except for the purring cat. The occasional train rumbles by with the tracks within a couple of miles. I can hear the whistle in the distance as the freight trains roll across the various crossings. And … Continue reading

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Waiting

For side effects, symptoms. boredom or sleep. Thinking about it, I’ll go for the sleep. I didn’t get much last night probably secondary to both the cats and the lovely prednisone I was complaining about last chemo cycle.  While I … Continue reading

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Nap Time

It was a long day. A really long day if you want the truth. Taking the 0558 BART meant that I arrive at Powell Street in time to catch the 0650 shuttle. One minute earlier and I could have boarded … Continue reading

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Resolutions

What did I say? Nothing major on the table this year. No “must read so many books or finish x many hats or ……” I’m not even committing myself to having the garage organized by the end of the year. … Continue reading

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And what didn’t get completed.

Mind you, this is not a whine. Nor is it a request for sympathy. But we all have those projects on our list at the beginning of the year which we plan to have completed by the end of the … Continue reading

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Living with dogs

On a much cheerier topic (or not as the case may be) I might have just mentioned that Daughter #2 and her husband Alex relocated to our area this fall. Winters in Chicago are challenging at the best of times … Continue reading

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it has really been that long

It used to be that I never, ever went to bed without finishing up my post for the day. Of course, when you are deployed to Bosnia (1998) it isn’t like there is a whole lot of competing evening entertainment. … Continue reading

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Royal Naval Dockyard

It was almost 1400 when we were cleared to disembark in Bermuda. It may surprise you to learn that I have never been here before. It has not be a stop on Royal’s routine TransAtlantic repositioning cruises but a good … Continue reading

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Who won anyway?

Saturday is the traditional evening for the Hugo award ceremony. As part of the reg crew with set up at 0800 in the morning I am sort of feeling a bit ragged about 2000 when the ceremony is supposed to … Continue reading

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Mermaids and Filk

WesterCon – as you might have guessed is the West Coast Con which seems to cover a goodly part of the Western US (today Portland, next year Tempe, Denver in 2018). The Con actually dates back to 1948 with its … Continue reading

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Phryne Fisher with thread

Here I am, except for jogging down the hill early in the morning to strain myself doing a Bar Method Class – I am holing up in my studio. From here I can see the Golden Gate Bridge and occasionally … Continue reading

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The Jacobite Train

We docked in Oban and then proceeded to be driven by bus to Fort William. Along the way we missed photo stops due to mists and full lay-byes. Mist means the usual 90% chance of rain which is actually a … Continue reading

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East Bay Book Festival

is hosted in Berkeley what appears to be the first weekend in June. Last year I was off somewhere. Probably on a ship. And missed the event. George had made sure that I knew the dates of the event this … Continue reading

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