Saturday, January 15, 2011

Today is the first day of the rest of your weekend

Bumper sticker on a car with Colorado plates:  Honk if you think I'm Jesus.


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Have you seen that commercial on TV where someone calls customer service and talks to a burly man with a Slavic accent named "Peggy"?  Well, yesterday I received an email from someone on our help desk in Bangalore whose last name is "Johnson".


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We have new recycling service here in the Fort.  No longer will we have to separate our recyclables into paper and aluminum-glass-plastic1&2.  And there's more:  plastic 3-7 will also be accepted.  The two small bins we have had to lug up and down our driveways will be replaced with a single big bin on wheels.  I don't have the new big bin yet, and force of habit led me to separate my recyclables, but when they picked them up this week, I watched.  Yes, they took it all, including the plastic-5 containers, and they threw it all together into the truck.  I watched the sanitation worker bend and lift and toss while trying to maintain his footing in the snow and ice, and I was glad I work in a clean well-lighted place.

Speaking of Hemingway, I recently read A Moveable Feast which he wrote about his years in Paris.  It's been a long time since I read any Hemingway, like maybe 35 or 40 years?  His style appeals to me - no flourishes, no extra padding, adjectives and adverbs being the enemies of that one true sentence.

Last night I finished Shadow of a Doubt, by William J. Coughlin.  It's a courtroom-centered murder mystery, the type of book I usually save for "beach reading" (even though I never go to the beach).  Winter reading should center on more weighty topics, like How to Live.  I just started this book by Sarah Bakewell; it's a biography of the original essayist Montaigne.

What are you reading on these cold winter nights?

2 comments:

flurrious said...

I'm reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. When the comprehensive edition with all deleted passages restored was published, I bought a copy thinking it would be a good time to reread it. That was 14 years ago which means I have packed up the book and moved it five times. Now, with the current controversy over the new edited edition coming out, I thought I would finally get around to rereading it. I'm only about ten chapters in, and I've realized that I've never read it before.

Ann said...

In the past month, I've read:
Dog Boy by Eva Hornung
Winter's Bone (forgot the author's name, took almost two months on a waiting list @ library!)- a scary read, these are some REALLY hard folks!
The Corner of His Eye, Dean Koontz
Stemapunk Trilogy (still working on "Walt & Emma")
And a couple of others that apparently didn't make enough of an impression on me for me to remember them! But, I did read A Moveable Feast just this past October, and found it vaguely refreshing.