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May 23rd, 2014 Comments off

I’ve always been a voracious reader probably because as the eldest of three kids, my parents spent more time reading to me than my brothers. We owned a decent amount of books plus we visited our local library weekly. As a result I’ve always loved libraries and books. But as the internet came to be, I found I was reading less and less. Then came the Kindle, which, don’t get me wrong, I love. But the problem with the Kindle is that most of the free books I find online are not my taste and borrowing a digital book from the library is a lot more frustrating that you’d think because there are never copies available of the titles I am interested in.

There are books that have been sitting on my Goodreads wish list for awhile and I wanted to read something, anything, that I could lose myself in. And all the free Kindle books were just not doing it for me. I’d start a new book only to lose interest within the first few chapters. This literally happened five times in a row.

Well, last week I finally got fed up and went to the library to check out real books. Our town’s library, while bigger than the next town over, hardly had any of the books on my wish list, so I went to the one further away. I like that library better anyway. They have a very relaxing place to sit and read that has a cafe feel to it. I spent over an hour reading magazines before going home with a pile of materials.

Magazine Area @ Bloomingdale Library

Today I went back to that library to return some of the items which only had a 7-day loan period and ended up staying to read magazines for almost two hours. It was so relaxing; I could see this becoming a Friday morning ritual for me. Oh, and I’ve already read an entire book and am halfway through a second one. For now my Kindle is going to be gathering dust I suppose.

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Mmmm… brains

April 23rd, 2009 Comments off


See that book at the bottom of the stack in the photo? It’s like an almanac about animals with all sorts of fascinating data about them. I love books like that. Always have. One of my favorite books as a kid was an illustrated dictionary. I shit you not. But it wasn’t nearly as cool as this one.

I don’t know what it is about getting “new” books that brings me so much joy. Perhaps the promise of learning something new. And after years of only borrowing one type of book at a time, I have finally found my balance between real life and fantasy – I’m reading fiction during my lunch break and non-fiction at night.

I’m such a geek, but I don’t care. It beats being a dumbass.

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January 13th, 2008 1 comment

I recently finished reading Slash, an auto-biography by the bushy-haired guitarist from the original Guns N’ Roses. I saw him on a talk show a month ago and was surprised at how intelligent he came across, so when he mentioned the book I knew I was going to read it. It was long too!

I wasn’t disappointed, however, as the book is much more interesting than The Cure biography I purchased over a year ago and am only a quarter done with. I think it’s more interesting because it’s written from Slash’s point of view instead of an outside source.

And let me just say, wow, he didn’t hold back! He may be intelligent in many ways but really dumb about taking care of his health, or at least until July 2007 when he checked into rehab and finally got clean. I know the rock and roll world is full of drugs and alcohol, but damn, people really put themselves through the ringer, Slash included. Did you know he has a pacemaker because all his drinking literally destroyed his heart? At one point he was told he had no more than 6 weeks to live but miraculously his heart got better. Of course that didn’t stop him from going back to the drugs and alcohol but not to the same extent as before.

I never realized how disrespectful Axl Rose was toward his fans and band mates until reading this book. All the stories about how he’d go on stage super late, or not at all, had me shaking my head. And then there’s the famous incident in St. Louis when Axl walked off stage and the fans rioted and caused $200k in damage to the arena. Damn! I honestly don’t know how Slash put up with it as long as he did. How can anyone expect to be successful while being so irresponsible?

One of the interesting aspects of this book was Slash recounting the behavior of the other bands Guns toured with during the course of their career and their relationship, or lack thereof. Some of the bands hated each other while others got along nicely. Motley Crue had Guns open for them back when they were at the height of their career. The Crue was one of the few metal bands I really loved back in the day. I still have Dr. Feelgood and I love every song on that album. “Kickstart My Heart” is my absolute fave.

Slash also related how Guns toured with Metallica at one point. It was a double-billing and Metallica elected to go on stage first because they were aware of GNR’s (really Axl’s) reputation for going on late and didn’t want to get mixed up in that shit. Gives me a newfound respect for Metallica even if I still think Lars is a douche. ;)

After reading the book, I went to the library and borrowed Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits and Contraband by Velvet Revolver, Slash’s current band. So far I’ve only listened to my two favorite Guns songs – “Paradise City” and “Welcome to the Jungle”. I think both are featured on Guitar Hero III, of which Slash is a character. I believe that was the main reason he was on the talk show in the first place besides trying to promote his book.

Listening to those old songs reminded me of this guy, Chris, who I went to grammar school with. He was infatuated with Guns N’ Roses and grew his hair out all long like Slash. I believe we even called him that which looking back on it now is hilarious. He’d draw lot and one of his favorite things was reproducing Guns N’ Roses’ logo. He was a really good artist from what I can remember, but I don’t think he pursued a career in art. Last I heard he was working at a pizza place.

“Take me down to a Paradise City where the girls are fat and they’ve got big titties” – original line Slash wanted to use.

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FIL #8

December 28th, 2007 2 comments

I just got finished reading one of the best books ever. I totally fell in love with Merle and his human-like personality.

Have you ever watched a movie and couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards? For some reason, I Know Who Killed Me is one of those movies. And not because it was good, because it wasn’t. I think what bothers me is the lost potential. The plot was actually very interesting but the execution was terrible. There were unnecessary scenes and information that was glossed over too quickly. The acting was poor and there was too much gore. Yet it persists in the back of my mind. What a waste of an interesting idea.

Audio Raider is the easiest way to find MP3s without having to pay for them. Not that I advocate that.

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Joey doesn’t feel good

December 21st, 2007 2 comments

We didn’t end up going shopping today because Joe seems to be coming down with the flu. I hate seeing him like this. He rarely gets sick except this year for some reason. At least three times now he’s felt a little under the weather but it only lasted a day or two. This time he seems worse. I am making him go to the doctor tomorrow since his throat is really hurting. If it’s strep or the flu she should be able to help make him feel better faster.

I can’t help but think this is related to the stress of him not knowing whether he was going to have a job come January 1st. Now that he’s found a new job and able to relax, his immune system is taking a beating after being on edge for so long.

On the flip side of things, my bottom left eyelid had been twitching from August until just recently. I think it was the stress of Joe’s possible unemployment too since it went away shortly after he got notice of his new job. Either that or a strange coincidence. I just can’t believe it lasted that long! Even my eye doctor couldn’t understand why it hadn’t gone away after a month. I sure hope it doesn’t return again but I’m willing to bet it will.

I can’t believe I did absolutely nothing all day, unless you count making meals and doing a little laundry. I slept until 10 am and watched tv most of the day. I also got caught up on my blog reading. Why is it that I’m the only person who updates and reads blogs more on the weekends than during the week? I guess you guys all have time to surf at work but I don’t so during the week my feed reader gets clogged and then on the weekends it’s practically empty. It’s like I live in opposite world from the rest of you.

I ordered 4GB of RAM for my new computer too (it only comes with 1 GB). I found it for only $80 at Not bad, eh? My machine is going to be blazing fast. I am so psyched!

Unless Joe miraculously feels better tomorrow morning, it will be another day inside. Good thing my friend just gave me a backlog of People magazine dating back to September 17th.

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