Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Halloween!

Be safe, generous, and a little scary. Trick or Treat!

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World Series – Games 1-5

Game 1 We enjoyed Wednesday night’s action-filled Game 1 and it’s outcome – go Giants! – and hope for more of the same as Game 2 is about to start. We don’t watch that much of the Grand Old Game, … Continue reading

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Busy Day!

In addition to buying, moving and getting into the new place, we’re of course selling the one at this end, which means a little polishing up before it goes on the market. Today I’ve got shower/tub re-glazers, carpet measurers and … Continue reading

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leaving, losing, starting over

Two weeks from today the movers come to pack up everything, two days later the moving van will be full of all our stuff and pulling away, and that day, Friday, we drive away from here for the last time, … Continue reading

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birthday report…

I was surprised to find that there was a good deal of stuff trotted out for my 65th. I figured, what with the move and packing everything, that a pair of socks would suffice this year. But no, there was … Continue reading

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another look! boxes of books! picture…

This is about half of them, when I took this shot there were still a lot on the shelves. The chair just came back from the re-upholsterers and will go in our bedroom by a west-facing window, perfect for afternoon reading. It’s … Continue reading

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Time Frame

Per request, here is the time frame for the move. Oct. 26 – my birthday. Yippie. Probably no books or CDs, for obvious reasons. Nov. 1 – sign all the bloody papers Nov. 8 – pre-packer stuff (all art off … Continue reading

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New Arrivals October 18-24

There shouldn’t be any at all, of course, and there likely won’t be in future weeks, so consider this a bonus, or swan song, or whatever, until things are settled at the other end…  I don’t even have the books … Continue reading

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Every book is packed, excepting a couple to read between now and our arrival in Portland, is packed. About 130 boxes of them. All. Packed. Whew.

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Saturday Notes

It’s raining again this morning, which would not be a remarkable thing if we were already in Portland, just about 3 weeks from today, but since we’re still in southern California it’s worth mentioning. The local Art Walk is today, … Continue reading

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No FFB, again

Sorry, things are just too hectic, with the packing and move-related stuff. I’ll try to look in on all the other selections, but I haven’t read a thing in almost two weeks except paperwork, magazines and a few pages of … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, October 11-17

Almost the entire week was spent on the way to, at or returning from Bouchercon World Mystery Convention in San Francisco. In spite of my best efforts, some books did find their way into the luggage and home. All are … Continue reading

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Bouchercon, after the fact

Here’s what I have to say about Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, or the Big Fan Convention, or B’con, to it’s friends, which was held in San Francisco October 13-17. 2010. Come Fly With Me… We left mid-morning, had a … Continue reading

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The Streets – and buildings – of San Francisco

A trio of photos from the trip to kick off the B’con coverage. Click to enlarge. Enjoy.

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back from Bouchercon

This is just a brief “we’re back” note, more to come. Our flight from San Francisco to Orange County was delayed, apparently because planes to/from other places in the midwest were held up by weather – it was only a … Continue reading

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off to Bouchercon

We’re leaving in a few hours for San Francisco, and Bouchercon By The Bay, the 2010 version of the long time (since 1970, this is the 40th) world fan mystery convention named after super reader-reviewer-fan Anthony Boucher, pseudonym of William … Continue reading

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Nathan Lowell’s HALF SHARE is on the way!

Those who read this blog know I really, really liked Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell, one of the best, maybe THE best, science fiction novels I read this year, or last. Click here to read that review. It’s the first … Continue reading

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New Arrivals October 4 – 10

Happy Columbus Day, everyone! A few more than I expected, really, one that had been on pre-order (Wintertide), plus something old, something newish. Two books by James Reasoner, whose fine blog can be found here. Here they are, with – as always … Continue reading

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Something different…

Cowboy Poetry edited and with introduction by Hal Cannon, Gobbs Smith Books, A Peregrine Smith Book, 1985 paperback I enjoy poetry, and when I came across this one a few years ago I thought “why not?”. There are some pretty … Continue reading

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must read article on internet

The October Scientific American has a short article outlining the problem and potential cure for the U.S. lousy internet service. A must-read. It’s HERE.

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