Apr. 15th, 2017

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I hit the goal of the 50 Book Challenge for 2017 last week, but that doesn't stop me from continuing to read.

The first book that I finished for the previous week was Osprey New Vanguard #32: The Long Range Desert Group 1940 – 1945 which discusses the equipment of this raiding group that got its start in North Africa messing about with the supply lines and airfields in the rear of the Afrika Korps. I've read other books going all the way back to junior high school on this organization, so this detail about their gear was moderately interesting. What amused me even more was that I then read Osprey Raid #49: Stirling's Desert Triumph: The SAS Egyptian Airfield Raids 1942 which though it does give some background on the start of the SAS in North Africa, the book is mostly about the attacks on German air bases and little about the more boring of their duties. Not bad for topical consistency.

The following book was then You Suck by Christopher Moore. He continues the stories of vampires in San Francisco with several recurring characters from previous works and he makes it a pretty amusing read. I gather there's more to come in this vein (as it were). The next book of his that I'll get around to reading is The Fool though.

Then I read last night The Bill the Cat Story: A Bloom County Epic for Ages 4 – 33 and 36 – 89. If you ever read Bloom County, you'll know Bill the Cat; honestly this isn't all that much of an origin story but it was good for a chuckle or two.

I was asked by an acquaintance to read a manuscript by him and critique it, and I think that's going to tie me up reading-wise for at least a week so I don't expect to discuss much next week. I hope to find it a good read...
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The activities of the last week are something of a blur, mentally. I know much of what we did but the timeline in my head is a bit messed up.

Let's start with last weekend.

We were supposed to join the family for an early Seder just before Passover, but I was struck down by food poisoning and rather than let me be a hero and tough it out, driving over an hour to my sister's place, my beloved called her up and cancelled. Honestly, she was right; had I gone I doubt that I would have had the energy the next day to go to work. It turned out that I was better (let's not say "fine") the next day probably because I rested some and didn't try to be particularly stupid.

Monday night the Archers had a small Seder which we attended and it was lovely. However, something that I ate there must have be imbued with the essence of caffeine because I couldn't fall asleep until after 3AM which led to my zombification at work the next day...

I think it was Wednesday night when we helped move some lawn furniture that someone we knew was never going to use again to the new home of another friend. Following that we worked our way across the LA area looking for a place to park/eat, and found ourselves in the end at Osteria Mozza. They had good martinis, and my chosen dishes were pretty good, especially the duck, while Bridget wasn't quite as happy with some of her choices. Honestly, though, her lamb was fantastic!

Sometime during the week I finished watching via Netflix streaming season one of Samurai Gourmet which was mildly amusing in a cultural sense; last night we finished watching season three of Grace & Frankie on the same streaming service which deals pretty solidly with aging and a variety of other somewhat uncomfortable topics in a very engaging way. I think it's worth your time, if you haven't seen it.

Also in the last ten days or so I've spent a bit of time downloading videos from Amazon Prime onto my iPad and watching some of them, particularly Emeril's new show Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse. I think I have one episode left in the season; so far they've been pretty solidly good for cooking travelogues.

Preparations in our home for the upcoming event later this month continue. Yesterday a big job got finished in that the new couch replacing the decade-old one arrived. The new couch is now in place and it's very comfortable, beagle-approved. The old one has been moved into the backyard for more seating for our Feast, though it's going out to the curb (or will be donated to friends, if someone wants it) after the end of the month. I think that this weekend is going to be devoted to dealing with upstairs issues so that we have maneuvering room. I think we're also going on an expedition to one of our sources of exotic meats to get that out of the way in advance of the party. Busy, busy, busy.

How was your week?
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And I somehow managed to miss commenting on another read from last week...embarrassing. Anyway, it was Osprey Vanguard #31: US Half-Tracks of World War II, a book that I found fascinating. I've always been intrigued by half-tracks since before I knew anything at all about history; I think I had a toy half-track before I had a toy truck as a kid. This was a good work on the US version with all its good and bad points.

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