Stomach Flu

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I have been out of commission this week due to having gastroenteritis.  It started Monday morning about 4am and I ended up in the ER by Tuesday.  I’m on 2 antibiotics that make me sick to my stomach and I can pretty much only handle rice and applesauce in small quantities. I don’t feel any better than I did Tuesday so I’m giving it until Monday (when the antibiotics run out) and then I’ll make another appointment with my doctor.

Thankfully, I’m not throwing up or other nasty symptoms, just not hungry and a slight pain in my lower left abdomen.  Do you have any idea how boring it is to eat white rice multiple days in a row? And we’re talking about 1/4cup or less of the stuff, just enough to help make me not feel nauseous when taking the meds? It is BORING!

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On the plus side, I’ve lost about 5lbs and gotten some quality reading time. But I won’t be real active here online, as you might have noticed.

 

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The “I’m Bored so I’m going to make everyone Else suffer too” Tag

Found this over at Britchy’s.  Not a book review site and yet I haven’t stopped following.  The creative juices still aren’t flowing, so I figured I’d try something like this to jumpstart them. We’ll see if it works.
1. Do you like blue cheese? 
Absolutely.  Well, I like blue cheese dressing. The best place for blue cheese is on a burger. A local Mex-American restaurant has a killer bluecheese burger and that is what I get every time we go there.  We’ve been going there, sporadically mind you, for about 5 years and so far, no exploration for this one!

 

2. Coke or Pepsi? 
But diet, I can handle either.  I’m pretty open and accepting that way. Just call me a Soda Justice Warrior.
3. Do you own a gun? 
Two in fact. My first gun was/is a 22 rifle. Great for getting rid of squirrels in the backyard back in the 90’s.
This year I bought my first pistol. A Sig Sauer P938.  It’s a sub-compact,  technically might even be a micro-compact, but it fits my hands perfectly. I can shoot through 50-100 rounds at the range and have zero hand and arm fatigue. That’s the way it should be!
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Sig P938 Combat model with the extended magazine in 9mm.  A dream to handle.

4. What flavor of Kool-aid?  
Fruit Punch. Me and the Koolaid Man, busting down those walls, yo.
5. Hot dogs? 
Hebrew National kosher beef dogs. If I’m going to eat the leftovers of a cow, I want to know its the best of the worst 🙂
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6. Favorite TV show? 
Don’t have one.
7. Do you believe in ghosts? 
Demons masquerading as spirits of the deceased yes. Actual deceased people in incorporeal form, no.
8. What do you drink in the morning? 
A Bang Energy drink.  7 days a week.
9. Can you do a push-up? 
I used to do 100 every day back in the day. Then I got “frozen shoulder” in both my shoulders and now not so much.
10. Favorite Jewelry?
My wedding ring. The only piece of jewelry I own.
11. Favorite Hobby? 
Reading, come on!
Then, playing Magic the Gathering.
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12. Do you have ADD? 
No.
13. Do you wear glasses? 
Yes.
14. Favorite cartoon character? 
Nothing springs to mind. Maybe Yugioh if you include anime?
15. Three things you did today? 
Wake up at 0630.
Drink a Pina Colada Bang.
Write this post.
16. Three drinks you drink regularly? 
Water.
Bang.
Water.
17. Current movies?
Antman & the Wasp. Liked it enough that I’ll be putting it on my Christmas wish list this year. It was almost as good as the original Antman and I loved that movie.
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18. Do you believe in magic?
Technically, yes.
19. Favorite place to be? 
On the couch reading.
20. How did you ring in the New Year? 
2300 hits and I’m fast asleep. Forget midnight anymore.
21. Travel? Where would you go?  
That is Mrs B’s department. I’d be happy to never leave my town.
22. Name five people who will most likely read this?  
Ronald Reagan
Larry Correia
You
Beyonce
That squirrel I have sworn blood vengeance against (he likes to know where I am so he can live another day)
23. Favorite movie?  
Die Hard
Matrix
John Wick
24. Favorite color?  
Forest Green
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25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?  
In the summer yes. In the winter, it’s flannel all the way!
26. Can you whistle? 
Not even a sleazy wolf whistle 😦
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Mrs B is pretty devastated that I can’t wolf whistle at her. The trials that poor woman has to endure.

27. Where are you now?  
My “Favorite Place”
29. Favorite food?  
It’s a real tossup between homemade chicken potpie and pizza.
Of course, 4 cups of Cap’n Crunch has its own appeal in the summer.
30. Least favorite chore?  
All of them.
31. Best job you can think of?  
Being the lead model for Ultra Sexy Hairy Man dot com.
It’s a dream come true for me.
32. What’s in your pockets?  
Hahahaha, jokes on you.
I’m not wearing any pants so no pockets!
33. Last thing that made you laugh?  
The fact that I didn’t buy a lottery ticket (mega millions) and nobody won last night, so the prize is now 1.6 BILLION (or 900 million cash up front). Obviously, it is a sign that I am the Chosen Won (I am so freaking clever in the morning!), meant to win this prize beyond mortal comprehension.
34. Favorite animal?  
All the dead ones.
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35. What’s your most recent injury? 
Walked through some thorns the other day and scored a 4inch long gash on my hand and forearm. Good times.
36. How many TVs are in your house?  
TV’s are an abomination unto Bookstooge. They are conduits of pure evil and mindless drivel. They destroy brain matter and warp reality itself.
So, we only have one.
37. Worst pain ever?  
When I had the frozen shoulder and was pulling a dead tree out of the way. It snapped, which snapped my arm back and it felt like lightning going through my shoulder.  I just lay on the ground for about 10min until I could think again. That’s when I finally went to the doctors and started in on physical therapy.
38. Do you like to dance? 
No.
39. Are your parents still alive? 
Well, they’re supposed to come up here for Christmas, so I sure hope so. Fighting zombie parents on Christmas is just about the worst ever.
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40. Do you enjoy camping? 
Yes.
Nothing makes me more excited than to sleep on the hard ground, skip a nice warm shower and eat food that is only technically “food”. Oh, and putting up a tent, totally within my skillset as a male model.
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PS
Sorry about the lack of spacing. That is what happens when you copy/paste from a source you don’t know. )Not Britchy by the way)  I’d probably have to redo the whole post to get it right and that’s just not happening.
My apologies.

Best Friends for Life ★★★★☆

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Title: Best Friends for Life
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Author: Michael & Judy Phillips
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-fiction
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

 

Synopsis:

The Phillips tell 4 different true stories (with particulars changed for anonymity’s sake) about young couples they knew and how they proceeded through their dating, into marriage and how those marriages turned out.

The Phillips are convinced that “dating” has such an abysmal track record when it comes to marriages that last after dating that they want to explore other avenues. Their suggestion? Marry your best friend. Basically, make being friends with the opposite gender a higher priority than romance and really know what you want in a spouse instead of letting it all hang on hormones and feelings.

What does God, through the Bible, say about what is important in a marriage? The Phillips use very few specific Bible verses but count on their audience already having a decent grasp of Scripture. They are writing for someone who already wants what is best according to God’s will and is searching that out.

 

My Thoughts:

I read this originally back in 2000. At the time, I had graduated from Bibleschool. Mrs B was still in highschool and we hadn’t a glimmer of the others’ existence. I was mad to marry and was reading all the advice books I could get my hands on. I wasn’t going to be an “old” man like my dad when he got married. For the record, he was married at 28. I ended up being 30. Ironic isn’t it? So I figured if I could get all that advice then Mrs Right would fall into my lap and whammo, we’d have the perfect married life because obviously we’d have BOTH read all kinds of these books and know exactly what to do and what things to NOT do.

The funny thing is, I actually was friends with Mrs B long before we ever were romantically involved. I met her on Xanga, a blogging site (not sure how much traction it still has any more). She’d written a post about going to a medieval wedding and ended her post with “Have a good Sabbath”. I asked her what she meant by “Sabbath” as I was a Saturday Sabbath keeper and it turned out she was a 7th Day Adventist so she kept Saturday as well. We were friends for a couple of years online but figured we’d never meet. She was in California, I was on the East Coast. I didn’t like to travel and she had nothing to draw her to the East. But then a friend of mine, who I’d gone to Bibleschool with, decided he was going to get married. In California. He was in the Navy and would soon be shipping out in a Sub (subbing out?) and I didn’t know when I’d see him next so a group of us all went to California. I informed Miss Librarian and invited her as my plus one. Her brother, Sir Grumpsalot, came with her to chaperone and my friends were at the wedding, so it was safe all around. After the wedding that night, I asked her if I could court her. I called her mother that week and a year later we were engaged and 6 months after that we were married. Now, 10 years later, we’re STILL happily married.

Now, when I read this book back in 2000, I couldn’t have predicted this set of circumstances. In fact, I didn’t WANT those set of circumstances. I wanted somebody else. She has since gotten married to a wonderful christian man, has a family and is a bedrock of Faith for her family. But she wouldn’t have been right for me nor me for her. It took God to bring the correct Mrs Right into my life. That is what this book is about more than anything. It isn’t a hard and fast set of rules that the Phillips promise will bring you the right spouse. But they give solid advice about involving your parents, your friends, and most of all, not letting your hormones and feelings be in control. They are right.

They also give several examples of how people have changed what they’ve suggested to work for their particular set of circumstances. Some of the things they suggest simply weren’t viable for Mrs B and I, such as having family time with each other’s families while we were courting. The Phillips are very open that what they are suggesting isn’t the end and be all but they do strongly advise young people and their parents to put much more effort into the whole process than just “Oh, we’re in love”.

Reading this again, for our 10th Wedding Anniversary, it is uncanny how much God drew us both down this path in our relationship with each other. I for one am thankful for that. Our marriage is strong, we are happy and content with each other and while our lives together haven’t been what we’ve expected (Mrs B was diagnosed with crohn’s disease in ’10), our foundation of friendship has taken us through the times of hospitalization, lack of work, etc.

The book is a bit dated in regards to things they call out in American Culture, ie, what they considered a cliff is only a mere step compared to the moral cliff America has chosen to step off of now. It was eye opening and a good indicator of just how fast our country has gone down the path of immorality.

But ultimately, God Himself is in charge. He has taken responsibility through Jesus Christ and one day He will return and make it right again. I want to be ready for that and I hope you will be too.

★★★★☆

 

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August ’18 Roundup & Ramblings

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Raw Data:

14 Books

4828 Pages

3.25 Average Rating

 

The Bad:

A Path to Coldness of Heart – 2 Stars (for the Pedophile wizard)

Critical Failures – 2 Stars (profanity and not one likeable character)

The Dead Town – 2 Stars (zero tension and not much plot)

 

The Good:

War Masters Gate – 5 Stars

Play the Man – 4 Stars (non-fiction. First one of the year!)

Heir of Sea and Fire – 4 Stars (Mckillip. ’nuff said)

Queen Bitch – 4 Stars (pure fun despite the rather appalling title)

 

Graphic Novels and Manga:

Path of Doom was the only visual medium for this month. While I enjoyed reading about a Superman who was a real Super Man, this graphic novel also drove home that my comic times are mostly behind me. I don’t plan on buying any more comics and any reading of my own will probably have some other purpose. For example, I am planning on re-reading Frank Miller’s Daredevil: Man Without Fear next month and try to get a VERSUS post out of it the month after that.

 

Miscellaneous And Personal:

Oh man, where to start. Let’s get the bad out of the way I guess. My boss’s son passed away in July so my boss was MIA for all of July but started the recovery process in August. Unfortunately, he was still pretty out of it (as you can imagine) and this led to some pretty big math errors in the office, which had real world results, which were bad. I was caught in the middle, as I was the guy the contractors saw doing the work. Having to go back to a site and change things which put off their schedule by a week and a lot of money was not fun. Plus it was a bloody hot August so 3-4 liters of water a day while at work was just normal. It made for long days where I’d just come home, clean up, sack out and be in bed by 9pm.  I think we’re on the other side of that whole situation though and I think it was a wake up call to my boss about how he’s still being affected so now he just won’t brush it off.

Only wrote a couple of non-review posts but I have to admit, I was proud of the reception that my Honesty & Book Reviewing post received. It led to almost 100 comments (Whoo!!!) and gave me the perfect setup for another in September about DNF’s. It is also now my second most “liked” post, tied with A History of…Reading and only beat out by my rant on that execrable piece of trash, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I guess honesty  still pays dividends in the  book world!

While I gave up on Culling those who follow me, I had to stop following a couple of people who hadn’t posted in over a month. That is my cutoff point. If someone just disappears without warning for a month, best of luck but I won’t be sticking around to see what happened. Now, on the other hand, if you let your followers know you’re going to be MIA, then heck,  I’ll gladly stick around. But I just hate having my chain yanked all over. You are not the center of the Universe.

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Because that would be ME!

 

I managed to write about another trilogy of books that I loved in Thriving on a Good Book – Grimnoir Chronicles.  It really shouldn’t be so difficult to write about the books I love but talking about them years after the fact is surprisingly not easy.  I need to keep practicing so I get better at it.

My Side Project is done. I’m hoping to put the results, 50 books I have hated and 50 books I have loved, up tomorrow in a single post.

 

Cover Love

If the book Fortress in Orion  had been half as awesome as this cover suggests, it would have been fantastic.  At least I got an awesome picture out of it.

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Robert J. Sawyer is a liar!!!

 

 

 

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July ’18 Roundup & Ramblings

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Raw Data:

12 Books

4008 Pages

3.5 Average Rating

 

The Bad:

The Return2 Stars

 

The Good:

Nicholas Nickleby5 Stars

Prador Moon 4 Stars

The Man with One Name4 Stars

 

Graphic Novels and Manga:

Nada, zilch, zero, none. I’ve got a Superman graphic novel on tap for August though and I’m hoping to get back into a manga series in September. I’m thinking either Kare Kano (His & Her Circumstances) or W Juliet. I own both and have read them both so I’m hoping which ever I read turns out better than that horrible experience with Oh My Goddess! If you have thoughts or opinions on either series, feel free to weigh in. I’m pretty undecided at the moment.

 

Miscellaneous And Personal:

Started the month off with a mid-year Roundup Report. I like all those numbers and not having to wait until the end of the year to roll around in them, like a pig wallowing in mud, was great. Also, since I’m not part of Goodreads or Booklikes, that have “goals” with banners and everything, this helped keep me on track for my unofficial goals.

Started the Thriving on a Good Book series but we’ll see how long it lasts. It is surprisingly hard to write a lot about the books I like, unlike how the words flow like a veritable river when I have had a bad experience.

VERSUS went right along with the Mano A Mano post I did. Testosterone was flowing like blood in a Tarantino film this month. Of course, neither of them was as ridiculous(ly fun to write) as the Saint Bookstooge Gives Answer post where I answered your questions. My goodness, the questions I got were so much fun that I just HAD to give vent to complete silliness.

Survival Saturday. The foods I’ve got are all boil in water stuff, so obviously they’re hot foods. I refuse to make hot stuff like that when it is 90degrees out. Considering that August is usually the hottest month of the year for us, I suspect next month I’ll let this pass as well. I just can’t muster up the courage to face this stuff when I’m dying from the heat.

In the background, I’ve been continuing to update all my semi-recent (2012 and up) reviews and am currently in late 2014. Also in the background, but much bigger for me, is that I’ve started scheduling things 2-3 weeks out now. After having a talk with Professor Dickieson on his blog and getting some good encouragement, I took the last week of June and the first week of July to really pile on the reading and just bank the reviews. That has allowed me to get about 3 weeks ahead in reviews. I’ve heard of people doing this ever since I’ve been blogging but it just never seemed to work for me. But now was the time and I do plan on trying to keep that up with at least my regular reviews and series posts. The really silly stuff is almost always spontaneous though, so I’m not totally going scheduled.

Church has been going well and Pastor Mike has started a series where he is going to synopsize each book of the Bible for a sermon for the whole Bible. He calculated that will take until the end of 2019. That is the kind of planning I LIKE! And considering he was able to have a sermon on Leviticus and Numbers where I came away feeling better, that says something pretty good too.

 

Cover Love

In keeping with the testosterone that I flung around, this months cover love winner was pretty easy. Conan: Red Nails nailed it. While the cover was cool, the full picture was just awesome. I’ve included that instead of a high res cover.

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Mrs B says “He’s ugly”. I remain unaffected because Conan cut off that man’s head with a DAGGER!

 

 

 

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Thriving on a Good Book – Way-Farer

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Way-Farer

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I pretty much went over just what I found so appealing with this book in the above link from 2016.  However, I am always up for talking about this book, so prepare for some fanboy’ing ahead.

 

Way-Farer is probably in my Top 10 Favorite books. That being said, I also consider it to be the turkey hotdog of books. By that, I mean that it will offend the literary Vegans AND the literary Steak Experts. I like Classics and such authors as Dickens, Tolstoy, etc. In that regards, you can call me Mr Vegan. On the other hand, authors such as Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson know how to grill up a fantastic fantasy steak so thick and juicy that you can barely fit it in your mouth. This, this is 277 pages of science fiction from the early 1980’s. Gauche AND underwhelming to either side of me.

So how did I come to consider this a Thrive book?  Honestly, pure happenstance. It filled a particular need at a particular time and lodged deep within my soul. I was a teen just realizing how big the world was and wondering how I could ever grow up in it. Jerome, the main character here,  was a young man on a Heroic Quest and I could pretend that I was him. I resonated with the boy that Jerome was in the beginning of the book and as I read and saw his journey to manhood, I wanted that too. Now, I didn’t really want to go on a mountain and get beaten up day after day by an old man,  but I did want that calm assurance that Jerome has by the end of the book.

Now, 25+ years later after the first time that I read this, I feel like have arrived there. Back then, I identified with Jerome the novice. Now, I identify with Jerome the Master swordsman. And that change, that visible maturation, is why I love this book so much. I STILL IDENTIFY WITH THIS BOOK!  It has been a measuring stick through the years for me and I can’t honestly say that about almost any other book.

I thrived on this book back then and I thrive on it today. Mission Accomplished!

 

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Thriving Baby!

 

 

Motorcycles VERSUS Scooters

Folks, this shouldn’t even be a post that I have to write about. However, it has come to my attention that there are genuine adult males, not men, but adult males,  who think that scooters are cool, more cool than motorcycles.  Before I give my very pointed and genuine opinion on THAT, let’s look at some pictorial evidence.

 

 

 

The above is a Suzuki Boulevard S40. That is the motorcycle I owned from ’05 til ’08 when I had to sell it to buy a car for Mrs B when we got married and she moved cross country to the Free’est State in the Union. It is a little bike. I’m only 5’3″ (160cm for you Illuminati types) and I could flat foot it with both feet. However, it was a 650cc engine, so when I was on the highway, I could give that baby the throttle and BAM, I was going 80mph (about 130kph) in seconds.  Motorcycles only get bigger and more powerful from there. This cost me about 5 G’s back in the day.

 

 

 

This is a Vespa GTS 300, a brand name scooter. You can’t ride this on the highway legally here. You do need a MOTORCYCLE license though. It is about a 280cc.  It costs about 7 G’s.

 

 

 

Dwayne Johnson, better known as the Rock, on his motorcycle. Definitely not wearing Bookstooge approved footwear for riding, but we’re working on that.

 

 

 

 

An attractive young lady on a scooter. Well, except for those shoes.  I never have, and never will, understand the fascination with high heels.

 

Scooters have their place and virile, strong and manly men CAN ride them. Gregory Peck showed us all the truth of that in Roman Holiday.  So, if you are ever in Rome and secretly dating a princess, you ride that scooter!

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But other than that, if you have any of the sense that God gave you and you just have to get on 2 wheels, get a phracking motorcycle! A motorcycle will show just what kind of man you actually are.  A motorcycle is dangerous and thrilling and you HAVE to be in control of that bike at all times, aware of everything around you, or you’ll end up dead, a hood ornament on some oversized SUV and be a byline on the 6 o’clock news. You will never be more alive though than when you are driving around on it.

So who wins in this VERSUS post? Need you even ask?

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Motorcycles for the Win!

 

 

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