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Showing posts from December, 2005

Happy New Year

I finished the first of my Christmas books this morning, The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais. I can’t believe that I finished it in two days. It’s been a long time since I read a book that quickly. I attribute it to the extremely slow week at work. This was the first in the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series of books. I’ve read the last three books in the series and wanted to check out the origin of the series. Very good stuff, I really like these books. Have a great New Years celebration. Be good, be safe, be smart, and I’ll talk at you next year.


The wife and I went out last night, dinner and a movie, nothing particularly fancy. I had the best chicken fajitas I’ve had in a long time; she wasn’t quite as fond of her enchilada. A little hit, a little miss. The movie we settled on was The Chronicles of Narnia. She, the wife, read and loved the Narnia books as a kid. I just recently read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe in preparation for this film. I enjoyed seeing all the fantasy creatures come to life on the screen. The griffon in particular was stunning. The lion looks much better in action than he does in the stills I’ve seen online, but he was still the least believable of the animal characters. The beavers were great, at one point I thought it’d be cool if they had their own television show, a beaver sitcom. Must see TV with rodents. The special effects and CGI were good, great in places, but not the best I’ve ever seen. Not Lord of the Rings great. The problem I had with the movie was the same problem I had with the bo

New Years Resolutions

The New Year is fast approaching. Soon all that was 2005 will be shrouded in a mist of vague remembrance. Was it a good year? Was it a bad year? I don’t know. Initially I say good, but then I think about some of the obstacles that were placed in my path and wonder, was it really? This is the time of year when you’re supposed to think about stuff like that. What happened in the past year, what changes should I make for the coming year, and am I where I want to be in my life. So we come to the mythic bastion of lies and self delusion that I like to call the New Years Resolution. Writing is something that seems to start the year strong, wan in the spring and summer and then begin to wax once again as autumn closes in on winter. Which is a pattern I need to break, I need to make writing a year long pursuit. So with that in mind I’ve got a few resolutions that tie directly to my writing. I resolve to write something everyday; blog post, fiction, love note, grocery list, whatever. I

Oncall No More

The oncall is over. Well, technically I think it goes until 9:00 AM, but I’d be here at work until almost then anyway. So I’m unwinding and preparing for the New Years weekend. I’ve been invited to a party, but the wife says she’s made plans with her sister. What I’m wondering is, do those plans include me? I never know with this woman. Sometimes I wish my relationship was slightly more codependent. Then at least I’d know to expect her to want to be around me on these holidays. As it is she’ll probably invite me along about 30 minutes before she leaves. I of course will say no, because I’ll be annoyed. Aint it great when life is predictable. I finished listening to The Codex by Douglas Preston while on the way to work tonight. The premise of the story seemed a little brazen to me; rich father decides to be buried with his wealth and challenges his three sons to find his tomb. But it also seemed a good set up to a rousing adventure story, which it was. I wish that the story would have h

Kissing Monkeys

[caption id="attachment_379" align="aligncenter" width="356" caption="Monkey Lovin'"] [/caption] Aren’t they adorable? I mean in a weird, slightly disturbing, what the hell was she thinking sort of way. Is this a gift you’d buy your brother? Is this a gift you’d expect from your sister? If you said yes to either of those last two questions, you’re a freak. My sister was kind enough to point out the detail on the monkey nipples. Yeah, thanks for that. I guess maybe I’m hard to buy for, what with my multitude of hobbies and interests. But as a man I’m always up for a little hot monkey love. So these overheated monkeys are sitting atop my office television just waiting for the light to go out so they can get at it. What a strange, strange Christmas.

You Broke the Internet

I thought we had an agreement here. No one was going to break the internet. What happened with that? I got paged last night on an issue, some time around 9:30 pm, worked it until 6:30 am. Got paged again at 10:30 am on another issue. A few others have cropped up throughout the day. So I'm looking at 4 hours of sleep in the last 37 hours and counting. I'm hoping to have this issue wrapped in two hours. Then I'm getting me some sleep. Wife just left to go to the funeral. I get to stay home with the kids. Not sure who got the best out of this deal.

Christmas Loot

I managed to reel in quite a haul of good stuff from the family. I managed to get all six of the books I asked for as well as a couple shirts, a few other things, and a statue of kissing monkeys from my sister. Not sure what that's all about, but I think they might deserve their own post. Hope you got every thing you wanted. Merry Christmas and thank god its over. BTW, somebody out there broke the internet... twice. I'll find you and when I do.....