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Flowers & Books

April 26th, 2022 Comments off

It turns out our five days off together wasn’t completely devoid of fun.

Thursday (04/21) morning we went to Wilder Park Conservatory to look at the flowers in their spring flower show.

On the way back we stopped at a place called Fry the Coop to pick up an order of their chicken & waffles which were pretty good.

Saturday (04/23) we went to Northside Park in Wheaton to walk around. The entire day was so warm that we opened the windows and got some beautiful fresh air in the house. In fact, when we got home from grocery shopping on Sunday morning, the house smelled just like my grandparents house always did, mostly likely because they always kept their windows open too instead of using the A/C. I miss them so much.

Sunday (04/24) a friend posted on Facebook about a book she had just read – Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – and something prompted me to check it out. Libby had a digital copy available, and I immediately got sucked into the story and was unable to put it down all day. I literally spent 7 hours on the couch reading this book on my phone (I really need to get bifocals so I can read properly). By the time I went to bed Sunday night I was 80% through the book and finished it on Monday. It took me just under 9 hours total to read.

I looked up the author and he wrote The Martian. I never read the book, but I did see the movie starring Matt Damon. I hear they are making this latest book into a movie too, starring Ryan Gosling. It will be interesting to see how much the movie reflects how I pictured things. Although they’re already off to a poor start if Ryan is the lead because in my head he doesn’t fit at all.

Needless to say, I will be checking out this author’s other works since I enjoy his style of writing. I cannot tell you the last time I even got into a book. I tend to abandon them a few chapters in due to boredom.

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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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