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Mr. Busy Today

Got a whole lot of things done today, along with my usual Sunday cleaning. Even went out to the local Mexican restaurant for dinner, because sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking. El Patron. It’s pretty good. Not the usual slapdash tacos and basic burritos. Got back here and set up our new home phone. The other one died after about a decade, although the LCD display had been going downhill for quite some time. The new phone is amazing. Caller ID, blocking, it talks to you, OMG the features are endless. I got one with 4 handsets, so we have them everywhere now. I put in all the phonebook numbers, the answering machine message, checked and cleared all the old voicemail messages, etc, right from one of the handsets. [ Ok, I kept the voicemail message from JayD (Peiper) when he called here just after hurricane Sandy, a week after we’d moved in. You know, I think that’s the only time I ever heard his voice. I spoke to his wife Jen several times in the years after that, but they’re both gone now. I miss them both so much. So I’m saving that one. ] No need to stand in the kitchen working the base station. So far it sounds nice and clear, although Panasonic put papers in the box telling me all about the additional handsets I can buy with super duper HD audio, or ones with mil-spec waterproof outdoor capability, or a range extender, and so forth. Maybe later. In case we decide we really, really have to have a phone in the bathroom. Um, no. I’ll call you back after my shower, not during it.

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Ok, now onto a bit of laundry and then I can spend some time with my new book. I’m reading the Peter Ash series by Nick Petrie. It’s about a guy who did too many tours with the Marines, suffers from claustrophobic PTSD, and is trying to put his warrior life behind him, but he keeps getting pulled into violent adventure mysteries back here in the USA. It’s pretty good writing, not another one of these formula books that the top adventure novel authors are churning out these days. I’m halfway through book #1, The Drifter, though I started with book #2 Burning Bright and got hooked. Book #5 comes out the week after next, but won’t be in paperback for another year. I don’t buy hardcover pulp fiction, and I almost never get Kindle or other kinds of digital books. I want the book in my hands. I want to go to the library and borrow one, or to the store and buy one. I’d go to my local Walmart, but they’ve remodeled the place yet again, and now the book section is just 8 feet long, is way in the back of the store, and all they seem to have is books by James Paterson. Hey, Paterson is fine, but sometimes I want more than just another police detective murder mystery story.

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We watched the movie adaptation of Les Miserables last night, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and half of Hollywood. It ran almost 3 hours, and really wasn’t that great. Some things might just be better on the stage. They did keep the songs, and the performance of Do You Hear The People Sing? was pretty good. Definitely gets you fired up emotionally. The French getting Revolutionary. And then they all get killed.

Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men?
It is the music of the people who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums, there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes!


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