Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010…2011

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Old year, New year

As with the title of the previous post, the year is going fast, and I’m out of here until Monday January 3. Not that I promise anything special on that date, but I’ll be out of blogland until at least … Continue reading

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going, going, gone…….

Escrow has closed, the home in southern California is sold, the sale recorded an hour ago. We feel fortunate to have sold it so quickly – it was listed the day before Thanksgiving – and at our price. I bought … Continue reading

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garage storage at last!

Yeah, I know you are waiting for the bookshelf photos. Keep holdin’ yer breath, faithful readers, ’cause that ain’t happenin’ for a while yet. What DID happen, finally, is I have garage storage. It’s a bigger deal than you can … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Christmas 2010 Edition

This time it’s Christmas gifts, and a couple things that came at that time, that I think may be of interest to those who read this blog. As usual, click for a larger look. G-Drive 1 TB External Hard Drive … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Have a wonderful holiday, be kind to all you meet and don’t forget to put out the milk and cookies!

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Only 3…2…1 day left… Christmas memories

When I was a kid, this was without doubt the most happy, exciting week of the year. I’ll admit it had little to do with the true reason for the celebration, the religious one, it was really about two things: … Continue reading

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no new arrivals, just rain, snow and Christmas crowds

It’s not that I’m expecting a whole lot from Santa this year, and thus holding off on doing my own buying. I’ve been spending plenty on houses, furniture, appliances and other sundry stuff and it’s time to cut back.  I’ll … Continue reading

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Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop

Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop: ’tis the season to be deadly by Otto Penzler, Ed. © 2010, Vanguard Press 2010 hardcover mystery short story collection Each year beginning in 1993 Penzler commissioned an original Christmas short story. The requirements were that it … Continue reading

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Odds ‘n’ Ends

I’m sorry to report there’ll be no Friday Forgotten Book again this week. The fact is the bookcase situation (having none yet) isn’t any closer to being solved. It’s a budget issue, plain and simple. Other things need doing, the … Continue reading

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New Arrivals – November 18 – December 12

It’s been a long while since I did a New Arrivals post, but it’s been a busy, chaotic time here. So here is almost 3 weeks worth. I stopped buying things well before we moved, but a few things came … Continue reading

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E-Day Part 1

Sometimes, it’s the little things. You know, a few little marshmallows sprinkled on the top of the mug of hot coco, finding a close parking place just as it starts to rain, accidently finding something you thought was long lost. … Continue reading

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Yes! A Post About Books! (Monday)

Be sure and check back Monday, when I will be posting a New Arrivals post which, at present, will show a dozen – count ’em, twelve – newly arrived books. That is, if you consider the time from just before … Continue reading

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My Pals at the P.O.

Today will be the 5th, maybe the 6th, day in a row I’ve gone to the Post Office. This time of year that should qualify me for some kind of iron man award. It’s not just Christmas cards and packages, … Continue reading

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Sold – we hope

We have accepted an offer for the SoCal house, for below initial asking, but at a fair price in this market. The place had a lot of interest and we had multiple offers on it before there was even an … Continue reading

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Multnomah County Library, main branch

Here are some pictures I got from the ‘net of the library. It really is a very nice place indeed. I’m sorry the images aren’t bigger, next time I’m there I’ll take a few of my own. Trust me, it’s … Continue reading

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Downtown at the Library

Wife had a Christmas-Holiday luncheon thingie today, so we drove downtown. It was cool but dry, and we parked in one of the Smart Park garages, she walked to her luncheon and I went to the main Multnomah County Library … Continue reading

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The Man with The Plan

Today will be busy. Wife and I are about to leave for the first Saturday in December shopping event, during which we hope to buy every gift on the list, gas up the car, go by the lumber yard (4×4 … Continue reading

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rugs, electronics, and a plan

A truck arrived this morning while I was at the Post Office mailing off a BookSwap book, the stuff we got at Ultimate Electronics on Deep Discount Friday, and now the boxes are sitting in the living room, waiting for … Continue reading

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