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7/25/2009

Summer Reading

Filed under: — Jaime @ 4:36 pm

There’s probably been a little too much death-talk here at the Gull Reef Club. I’ll try to lighten things up a bit by sharing some of my summer reading.

First up, was Stephen King’s The Shining. Too many dilettantes like to mock King as being an airport store author. Perhaps he may be. Yet, there’s a reason this book is practically a classic. It really was that good. Plus, of course, it’s better than the movie, which also was quite good. For reference, there were no lines in the book that read, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” – completely a movie flourish.

It’s funny I chose to read this book during the hot, balmy Savannah summer. One of the critical aspects of this story was the season – the dead of winter, at the top of the Rockies. It really couldn’t be more remote from my own reality. I’d certainly recommend this one to all of my Beachcombers.

The other book I’ve indulged in this summer, so far, was Rebecca Wells’ Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Male Beachcombers, you can stop reading now, I’m sure none of this will interest you. This really was a chick-book. I didn’t think I’d like it merely because of that fact, but I actually somewhat enjoyed it. It wasn’t great by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, there were a few parts that I just skimmed (the whole elephant fake-adventure, for example). The story could have also done without the whole Sidda-as-a-spoiled-brat-adult storyline and merely focused on the youth, then maturity, of the Ya-Yas. They were the best part of this book.

Now, I’m trying to make my way through Tom Clancy’s The Cardinal of the Kremlin. I’m having a difficult time of it. If the Ya-Ya Sisterhood was a chick-book, The Cardinal is a dude-book. A little too much dude for my liking. I find myself skimming over the ridiculously detailed descriptions of cold-war era military operations and equipment. I really don’t give a hoot, and I suspect it has little to do with the storyline as a whole. I’ll keep working my way through it though. I’m hoping for some sort of adventure to spring up eventually.

Alright, so there you go. A post without death. Until next time!

7/18/2009

Score for Your Innkeeper!

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:23 pm

Was it good or bad juju that just the other day I was complaining that I was lagging on the Death Pool 2009 and today I score? Hmmm…

Turns out the easy pick of Henry Allingham gets me a point. /obvious much?

Love that wiki though. Screen shot I caught:Henry Allingham

I note upon final edit that I failed to highlight a few ‘sexy’ references, his birth place of ‘County of America’, his birth year of both 1600 and 1660, and the pink camera with polka dots.

The Death Twins Strike Again

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:29 am

Eeyore and our late Wertz have both struck again on the 2009 Death Pool. This is their third in so many months. I’m almost feeling inadequate. Your Innkeeper usually wins this game. Good (?) job, guys.

The remaining mutual pick for Eeyore and Wertz is Fidel Castro. If he’s not actually already dead – B E W A R E. He’s next.

Muera Fidel!

7/6/2009

New Angels of Death?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 5:15 pm

Score two more for both Eeyore and the belated Wertz for their picks of Robert McNamara for this year’s Death Pool. Creepy they should come so close together!

7/2/2009

Three Cheers for the Dead!

Filed under: — Jaime @ 6:40 pm

Moribund congrats to DaffyGrl, Eeyore, and the dearly departed Wertz* for scoring a point in this year’s Death Pool – thanks, or sadly enough, due to the passing of Karl Malden.

Congrats to you all, you now tie me, your Angel of Death, for the lead.

* Please be advised that Wertz submitted his list before his dearly departing and, as far as your right, honorable Innkeeper knows, he had NO inside information on any of his picks ;)

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