Still Out of Commission

So, the router came yesterday. I couldn’t for the life of me get it to connect. So I’m still connecting with just the old single wire router. Thanks for all the comments on the scheduled posts even though I’m not getting back to you. Doing my best to give a “like” to them all so you know I’m not ignoring you.

I have moved into that stage of life where I want things to “just work”.  I’ll let you all know when things get back to normal.

 

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Technologically Induced Hiatus

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So I got home from work today to find our wireless router, while saying everything was ok, was really toast. I’m currently using our backup non-wireless router to write this. We have dsl, so we can’t just order any router we want from amazon.

I’ve ordered 2 but the soonest either will get here is next Monday.  This router is good for emergencies but not meant for day to day use. So I’ll be checking in but am not going to be around very much.

Have a great one and I’ll see you all next week.

 

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The Road to Hell is Paved with…

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So, when I was doing my Yearly Review and reading everyone else’s, I was constantly bemoaning how good all the charts and graphics and data info were that those who used Devilsreads had access to. I have to admit, I was jealous.  Heck, I AM jealous.

This happens every year or so but this year seems worse than usual. I want to join up again. Just for the data tools. The only words would be the star rating, as I use half stars and the dates.  I wouldn’t interact, as Devilreads is as toxic as any other socialmedia site.  At least, that is what I have told myself time and time again. Then I think about how much I crave word interaction and I wonder if I could actually go on a site and not interact with other people?

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Even thinking about it makes me feel like a word whore, please excuse the language.  I know LOTS of good people use Devilreads, probably without a qualm. I don’t even have to sign up with a new account, I can just link my google account and go from there.

But can I do it without exploding or throwing a tantrum or otherwise causing myself incredible amounts of stress? I don’t know. The optimistic side of me says “Bookstooge, you’re an adult, you can do this!” while the negative side says “Bookstooge, Devilsreads is a hive of scum and villainy like no other” (thank you Obi-Wan). But I want that easy to access data.

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I want it, I want it, I want it!!!!

 

Sigh. Thanks for listening. Just needed to get that off my chest. I’ll be back in my normal frame of mind in a day or three.

 

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A History of… The Hobbit

 

Lashaan recently wrote up a review of his first time reading The Hobbit. Great review and I highly recommend you read it. But it got me to thinking. I literally grew up with the Hobbit and thought I’d try to remember my life as defined by the experiences I was going through when I read and re-read the Hobbit.

I believe that my experience with the Hobbit started before I could even read. My mom used to read to me in the afternoons before I started going to school and I know she read me Narnia and the Little House on the Prairie series. I can’t remember her explicitly reading me the Hobbit but my familiarity with it in later years leads me to believe she did. I don’t remember too much of that time overall except for a warm fuzzy sense of “rightness”. 

The next instance of the Hobbit is an explicit memory, one very well defined. I believe I was in middleschool and our family was going up to Canada to visit the Grands. I went to the library and got the Hobbit so I would have a book to read. Even then I knew to always have a book handy. It was one with the faux-leather green cover.

Not sure it was this exact edition, but if not, it looked almost like it

I remember this so well because on the way home we stopped in Maine at some relatives and I got a wicked bad sunburn on my whole back (didn’t use sunscreen) and we had to travel for 12hrs in the car the next day. You don’t forget experiences like that!

In highschool I wrote a paper on the Hobbit and Tolkien. I don’t have that paper handy nor do I remember anything about it, except, I got to read the Hobbit and use it to do some school work. Score!

Jump forward in time to Bibleschool in the late 90’s. One of our professors read through the entire series on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons to us students in one of the rooms that had couches and comfy chairs. When you are 19-22, having a chance to just hang out with everyone and not actually do anything is great. Add in that we all liked the story, the Professor had done this for years and so had a fantastic voice for reading, well, it was all a nerd could ask for.

Aye, aye Captain Professor Sir!


In 2001 the SFBC came out with the omnibus edition of the Lord of the Rings. I bought that and the Hobbit at the same time. Why should I pay for 4 books when I could pay for just 2? Small print didn’t mean a thing to my eyes then and being thrifty meant more than anything.

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In 2006 I met Miss Librarian at a friend’s wedding (Miss Library and I had been friends online) and we exchanged books. I gave her a copy of the Hobbit.

It was this edition

2 years later we were married and suddenly there were 2 copies of the same book on our book shelves. 2008 was a year for surprises, that is for sure!

Fast forward 3 years to 2011. I was on Goodreads and loving it. I had book friends and was writing reviews left and right. One of my online friends re-read the whole series every year. I wasn’t as much into re-reading then myself, but he inspired me to go through them all. I was simply blown away by how well written the Hobbit was and at how it could still appeal to my mature 30’something self. You’re Mature at 30 and after that you’re just Old and who cares what Old People think.

And now we come to 2019. Devilreads is a bad memory, 30 is just a stage that I grew out of (into a much more Mature stage I must say!) and yet here I am reading the Hobbit again and still loving it.

Bad Memories Indeed

What do you call a book that enthralls a 4 to 5 year old (no matter how precocious), a middleschooler, a highschooler, someone in college, a mid 20’s man, a 30 year old in his prime and then a 40 year old with the wisdom of the ages under his belt? If Classic doesn’t fit, then I don’t know what would. As sagacious as I currently am, I suspect in another 10-15 years that I’ll STILL love this book.

I’d like to take the time to thank Lashaan once again. He’s inspired several of these A History of… posts. The more years I collect, the more memories tag along, except for when I forget them. So it is good to write them down before they disappear 😀

I sing on Independence Day

♪It’s the Fourth of July as we know it♪
♪It’s the Fourth of July as we know it♪
♪It’s the Fourth of July as we know it, ♪and I feel fine♪

♪Tax our tea, steal our resources, we can’t vote♪
♪Look out Britain, we got your goat♪
♪Uh oh, overflow, lots o’ cloth, flagging furled♪
♪But it’ll do, save yourself, save the world♪
♪World got Hitlerized, we kicked his little ass♪
♪Tell me ’bout the Jihad and the towers on the right and left,♪
♪You vitriolic, psychotic, little piece of shite,♪
♪Now we’re gonna fight♪

♪It’s the Fourth of July as we know it♪
♪It’s the Fourth of July as we know it♪
♪It’s the Fourth of July as we know it, ♪and I feel fine♪

 

Yeah, ok, while the End of the World is a pretty fun song to crank out, it is wicked hard to get the word rhythm correct. Today is The United States of America’s Independence Day.  I am proud to be an American. The world needs true patriots, not backside lickspittles who’d sell their grandmothers for an advantage.

 

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‘Round Yonder in These Heah Pahts…

…. we dun kut doun them dern trees and then shuut ahh guns so as to celerybrate!

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Dern trees, always growing in them there forests. Nothing but a nuisance!

 

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11 acres of private land surrounded by 70+ acres of conservation land. Shooters paradise.

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For the record, that is a soda can in both pictures. Alcohol and guns should NOT mix

 

 

 

Yep, that is how I spent last Saturday. Pretty much just watched my bro W.C. Bombfunk use a chainsaw (I was there for safety reasons) and then we went to a house of a friend of his to test out his new to him AR-15 rifle.  The baby had just been put down for a nap so we started with our 9mm pistols to give him to time to get fully asleep. Then the 223 ammo came out and the rifle shooting began.  I did a couple of rounds at the 75yard range but Bombfunk went for the 100yard’er. Neither of us hit any targets at our range, but with a new gun, that is no surprise.  What Magic the Gathering cards are to Bookstooge, guns are to Bombfunk. He was grinning like an monkey.

It is good to have family nearby sometimes 🙂

 

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Happy Resurrection Day!

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““I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

~Jesus, the Christ

 

Jesus, the Son of God, Himself puts paid to the idea of a multi-faith ecumenism that all religions lead to god.  Jesus is it, folks,  but the choice is up to you.

 

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