Oddly warm for December, so I am trying to cool the yard down a bit.

Books follow you home and pry open your head and rearrange the things inside. 📚

If your boat had spoons for oars, what would you like to be rowing in?

Our fridge of 30 years died recently. Lots of trepidation about how loud the new one would be. The new one has a completely different sound - it purrs like a large, stainless steel kitten full of food. Strange to see the food arranged in a different space after 30 years.

Nostalgic November

A story requested by the fantastic crew of Hemisperic Views @HemisphericViews on micro.blog.

As I get older, there are many things that trigger a feeling of nostalgia. There are many past moments that are triggered by sights, sounds, smells, objects. But the one item that is most appropriate for Nostalgic November is my collection of Doc Savage paperbacks - a collection that was started on a rainy November afternoon, while visiting relatives in California.

I was always a voracious reader, and on this particular rainy November day, I had run out of reading material on this trip - I had not expected to be stuck in a house all during my stay at Grandma’s. My dad suggested we head to the store to check out the paperbacks - I think he had run out of stuff to read, as well. When we got to the paperback section (remember spinning racks of paperbacks?), he grabbed a thin paperback with a large bronze man on the cover and said: “Here, I think you might like this!” There were two different books about this character, so I got both - and my ten year old self got hooked.

Doc Savage was a hero in the “pulps” of the 30’s and 40’s - some claim he was the first “superman” of either the pulps or comics. He had a “Fortress of Solitude” before Superman, his first name was Clark - you get the idea. 181 stories were originally published, and I had gotten hooked on the reprints done by Bantam, starting in the 1960’s. They were at the low 50’s in the reprints when I started collecting, and when I got back home, I spent the next few years scouring the used book stores for all the earlier ones I could find, and buying the new ones when they were released. I had an almost complete collection before other teenage pursuits (ahem) took priority over collecting books.

For some reason, I never got rid of those books. I got rid of everything else (a few times over), but never those books. Years later, I decided to complete my collection, and read the stories that I had never read. Every time I reach for a book, or look at my collection on the bookshelf - every time - I am reminded of that rainy California day with my dad, and the start of an adventure in reading, collecting, and enjoying the stories of Doc Savage and his aides.

The books that started it all:

Coffee consumption doubles this time of year…

Finally got around to a modern theme on my EuroVan site. Now I just need to post my backlog of projects!

Get a guitar solo a day from Eugene Chadbourne: eugenechadbourne-documentation.squarespace.com/new-event…

Replaced our furnace after 30 years of service (it was still working, just thought it could use a break). Now getting used to all the new sounds from this one, as well as enjoying having a remote thermostat for the first time.

Thanks @jean !

Time to act like a hunter gatherer. Hunt for a parking spot, and gather my CSA from the Farmers Market.

More books

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Discoveries from my late brother

Just one of the amazing music books 📚

Up next!

Proposal : All items sold in jars must be wide mouth Mason jars (in any size) with easy to remove labels.

Milestone

Half way through sorting my late brother’s book collection. Only 12 more boxes to go. So many books on Spinoza! 📚

Flea

This guy would have been 18 today. Miss him every day. 🐈‍⬛ 🐱

it continues…

Cleaning up…

Working on the gross belly pan.

Now the fun begins

Lots and lots of things to do on the van!

Always a bit late…

Never have the patience to take the photo BEFORE eating…. Plum and blueberry galette. 🫐

Vaccine PSA

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Letterboxd

Decided to sign up for a PRO account on Letterboxd for a year and start logging and reviewing (or simply noting my thoughts) on each film I watch. So of course I had to submit a feature request for micro.blog integration: letterboxd.nolt.io/109

I was just ranting to my wife about the neighbors overgrown yard with my AirPods in, and as soon as my rant finished, Siri said “I don’t know how to respond to this”. So who says Siri is stupid?

Roasting 5+ pounds of Hatch chiles. Man, this is going to smell awesome!

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