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9/17/2019 · 2:03 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
sometimes waiting and watching is all you can do. The weather has been oscillating quite a bit this... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 1:30 pm· Jaime · Good Bye Blue Sky
It's summer. We don't adventure much in the summer. It's too hot & buggy. We hibernate and wait... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 2:25 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
So how goes the summer of adventure? Inquiring minds want to know.... | Read More

6/6/2018 · 12:46 am· Michael (Net2007) · My friend, my friend, (s)he’s got a knife
I've often felt this way, it's strange and divisive times in many ways. As far as this goes, I... | Read More

7/12/2017 · 4:22 pm· Trouble · Half of Us Are Wrong or in the Alternative, Half of Us Are Right
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Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:09 pm

Ya’ar, Beachcombers. Flowing through my book sale books, I can now count Mutiny On The Whaleship Globe among the completed.

This is a non-fiction account by two survivors of a mutiny on an American whaleship in the South Pacific. Not only does the narrative include the mutiny but it also covers the subsequent life of the two survivors on tropical islands as servants/guests of some of the natives. Because the account was originally put down sometime after the incident (1824-1825), I had to reckon with some of the assumed racial superiority of the authors, which was common for that time. This wasn’t overwhelming enough to kill the story itself. It was a very compelling, and very short, read. Check it out, mateys.


Tobacco Road and the Tin Roof

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:32 pm

Just rounded out two southern themed books (part of my library sale books).

First off was Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell. I wanted this book to be so much more than it was. Instead of it being a painfully/ironic/southern gothic story, it was just nothing. A whole lotta nothing. The end couldn’t come soon enough. Maybe I’ll be able to appreciate something in this book years from now that I’m just not getting at this time. But maybe not.

The second, um, book (?) with a southern theme, was not actually a book. It was Tennessee Williams’ play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. I haven’t read a play in years and honestly didn’t think I’d like it. I was pleasantly proved wrong. This turned out to be a powerfully emotional story, a high southern drama.

The copy of Cat that I have, has both Williams’ original Third Act and director Elia Kazan’s influenced/rewritten Third Act. I prefer Williams’ original. It left much more to the imagination. It also highlighted Brick as more of a tragic fallen star, which appealed to me because Brick was the best developed and my favorite character in this play.

I know some of you beachcombers have dabbled in the theatre. Any of you work on Cat in any capacity? I’d love to hear your take.


Sci-Fi Sadness

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:34 pm

The universe has absorbed another one – Arthur C. Clark has passed to the great beyond. It’s been a depressing month for geeks.

Score one for Cyan and Gina in the 2008 Death Pool.


Matzo Bell

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:21 pm

While Mike is doing some hardcore home renovations, we don’t have much time to make dinner. We opted for Taco Bell tonight (ugh, I know, I know, spare me the lecture).

While there, they were playing a bizarre mix of fusion and easy listening jazz over the restaurant speakers. In the middle of the lame music lineup, the mix took an extra-bizarre turn and a klezmer song was played. Yep, that’s right – a real clarinet tootin, toe tappin, bottle dance style song. Really puts you in the mood for nachos – wouldn’t you agree, beachcombers?

Ay ay ay vey!


I Heart Oscar LeRoy

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:10 pm

I’ve been watching waaaay too much Corner Gas lately. Earlier today, I found myself saying ‘holy hell’ and anyone (meaning everyone) who annoyed me was a ‘jackass’. Eeep.


The Great Train Robbery

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:29 pm

Just finished a little book I picked up at the local Goodwill. In all honesty, I wasn’t thrilled with my choice but on that particular day, the book selection at Goodwill was sparse and I was really hungry just to read something. So I dropped a whole fifty-cents on Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery and figured even if it sucked horribly, I wasn’t out all that much.

To my pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed this book. It is a fictionalized tale of an actual train robbery that took place in 1850′s England. If you aren’t big on historical fiction, this will not be the book for you. However, if you enjoy an interesting tale peppered with documented facts from the Victorian era, you’ll really like this one. Some of the reviews I read on the book before I started it complained that Crichton over-researched the book and inserted too much of that research into it, which for some, became a distraction. Myself, I liked that and thought it really helped set the mood for the actual story line.

The other bonus about this book is that it is littered with Victorian era slang. Dollymops, screwsmen, and reeb – were all common English at one time, apparently. Fun stuff.

I’d go on more, but my mouse batteries are dieing, we’re out of fresh batteries, and using keyboard commands are a real pain. Toodles, beachcombers.

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