Category Archives: Personal Opinion

Saturday Short Rant

Last week My wife and I dropped over to a local small box store (Fred Meyers) to pick up a few things for the late Summer / early Fall garden, only to find the entire garden section bare. What? I … Continue reading

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Why the Darkness?

I just read the table of contents for The Best British Fantasy 2013. It seems, from the blurbs on the stories and the book summary on SF Signal, that the contents are dark, grim, apocalyptic, twisted. I wonder why current short … Continue reading

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There’s Rex, and no one else

A couple days ago I finished reading Robert Goldsborough’s Archie Meets Nero Wolfe. I thought it was pretty fair and it was fun to see how the author set up that first meeting and case, culminating with Wolfe hiring Goodwin. I … Continue reading

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no FFB today…

Two reasons: 1) FFB Host Patti Abbott declared this a no FFB ay for herself, though she said if anyone else wanted to post they could. I didn’t. 2) I’m still on overload from yesterday, with the football, big meal … Continue reading

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A Sad Goodbye

Today is the final day of business for Upper Crust Bakery, a wonderful local bakery in Lake Oswego village. They make excellent bread (especially the marbled rye!), rolls, specialty breads like blueberry crumble, lemon poppyseed, to-die-for pound cake and, of … Continue reading

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Jane, the Woman Who Loved Tarzan

Jane The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell © 2012, Tor 2012 trade paper, general fiction I read two reviews of this, both very favorable and professing the book to be interesting, faithful to Edgar Rice Burroughs, and full of adventure. The … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a safe Halloween. Don’t eat too much candy!

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Pffft

I’m not quite sure when it happened, but I’ve become a complete idiot. At my wife’s urging, I got a cell phone, an iPhone 4S. No, not the new iPhone 5, this previous model it was cheap plus she had some … Continue reading

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Network Nightmare

Whew! It has been a tough couple of days – make that a week – since we bought the MacBook Pro. One of the main reasons for getting the MacBook was so we could use it in one part of … Continue reading

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update

I’m on a borrowed Macbook Pro laptop and struggling with the finger pad thingie (no mouse!) as well as navigation etc. The good old iMac will be fine in a day or so, after my stupid goof-up is FULLY rectified. … Continue reading

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2012 London Olympic Games

I’m burned out. I like swimming, and there has been a lot of it, but the constant hammering of the Phelps-Locte rivalry was old after about a day, and has turned out to be a very minor story. Also, the … Continue reading

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New Arrivals and Current Reading

New Arrivals: No new arrivals this week. I did order a couple of used SF paperbacks, but they haven’t shown up yet. Current Reading: I’m almost done with A Helmet for My Pillow, by Robert Leckie.It’s very good, very well written … Continue reading

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FFB: Maigret and the Headless Corpse

this is the 90th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Maigret and the Headless Corpse by Georges Simenon, ©1955, translation by Eileen Ellenbogen © 1967, Harcourt Brace, Harvest Books 1968 mass market paperback, mystery, Chief Inspector Maigret, # 75 of 103 … Continue reading

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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes by Corey, James S.A. © 2011, Orbit 2011 trade paperback, science fiction – The Expanse book 1 After three false starts, setting this book aside after twenty or thirty pages and getting distracted by something else, I dug in and finished … Continue reading

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no new arrivals this week

That simple. Reading, not buying.

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Happy Summer!

Yesterday was technically the first day of Summer, today is the first full day of Summer, and the weather is hot enough everywhere for many to regret the coming of the hot season. It’s temperate and very nice here in … Continue reading

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JFK Birthday

Today is John F. Kennedy’s birthday. Wish he was still alive.

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Happy Memorial Day!

Enjoy, everyone, and don’t forget the meaning of the day.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A – Area 52

Here in Portland, it’s Summer! It was been in the 80s all weekend and was 88 yesterday, (a new record high, hottest May 14 ever), glorious heat and sun, and believe me, we’ve been enjoying it. So I decided it … Continue reading

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first time in a long time

My Wife did something this morning she hasn’t done in many, many years, since she lived in Denver. She did a 5K walk. She can’t run due to her knees, but she walks at about 15-16 minute/mile at 5K length, … Continue reading

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