Late at night

June 12, 2007

is a familiar time.  I’ve just finished reading another book, this one by Barry Eisler.  It’s the latest in his series about John Rain, this one called Requiem for an Assassin.  I guess I’m going to have to look up that word requiem because right now it’s resonating with Requiem for a Heavyweight which both Anthony Quinn and Jack Palance gave such meaning to.  In this one Rain is forced out of retirement and into facing himself in order to save his one and (he thinks) only friend.  But that’s enough about the plot.  What intrigues me about this book is how it fits into the whole genre of thrillers who’s story line is about the failures of governments and politicians and our current and recurrent need to wage war to reach a peace. 

As I was finishing this story, I had an epiphany.  What if the people around the world who really do want peace without war decided to protest by simply stopping all unneccessary use of oil.  I mean it.  Walk to work, car pool for real, use public transportation, bike it, and any other means of protest that would bring this system of dependence and immature need to a halt.  They could say they are doing it to fight terrorism.  Wow, I need to go reread Saul Alinsky’s Requiem for a Radical. 


So Strange . . .

June 11, 2007

I came to wordpress because it is supposed to have the ability to email my posts with comments to subscribers.  I have yet to see the feedflare results I ordered.

Sundays are fine for

June 10, 2007

getting up early while everyone is still asleep and going for a bike ride on streets that pass sibilant beneath my wheels.

Sundays are fine for taking the paper out on the porch under the shade of our elm tree and sitting and reading while the birds sing the neighbors awake.

Sundays are fine for watching basketball, for listening to blues at a beach side dance club, for whiling a way the time ’til Monday comes and its back to waiting for next Sunday.

After wandering around …

June 9, 2007

I’m beginning to recognize that some of the features here are quite well laid out.  As others have no doubt noticed, the change from blogger to here is somewhat startling.  But I’m still in elementary school with my blogging so learning something new shouldn’t be that hard.  Now for the subject of this blog which I brought over for the purpose of self training.  It is a blog about memory, about nostalgia, about lessons that I should have learned but was too naive or blase or ignorant to get.  It’s about going back and giving myself a second chance.  And oh yeah, it’s about books.

Later, that same day . . .

June 9, 2007

Still trying out features and noticing things, I see off to my right the missing categories widget and I add this scattershot entry to it.

Well, hell …

June 8, 2007

that’s what we say when we enter home depot – hell.  The same as here at wordpress where apparently if I give them a blog name they automatically choose a theme for me.  What’s funny is they keep giving this impression that they really really want to help and are super friendly.   But this is just another example of the obtuse nature of this site.

Hello world!

June 8, 2007

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