Prince of Thieves

October 26, 2009 at 9:22 pm (book review) (, )

 

princeCompletely by accident I  read an  excellent book.  Most  of what I read  is frivolous, and purely  for  entertainment.  forgettable.  Recently I  read the beginnings of a vampire  series called The  Strain by  Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.  It was  interesting ,  but not great.  After I  finished to book,  I  went pokeing around on the internet and  found  that Chuck  Hogan had written other books, including  one  called  Prince  of  Thieves.  It  had great reviews, and looked  like a caper/wrong  side  of  the tracks novel , plus  some thing more.  It  didn’t  really look  like  my kind  of book.  It  looked very serious. But I put  it on hold.  When I  brought it  home, I wasn’t even sure  if I  was going to read it.  About a week ago , I  picked it  up.  Less than  one page in, I  was  hooked. The  book  takes  plae is a small part of Boston  – Charlestown.  The  first few paragraphs catch a rhythm  that is Boston.  This is the story  of Doug MacRay, thief and recovering alcoholic.  Bam, we are in the middle of a robbery with Doug and his buds.  And we meet Claire the  assistant bank  manager. And  a little  latter Frawley of  the FBI.  The story  meanders along like an old car on a pothole filled  city street. You know  there has to be an end, and only  fantasy will be pretty, but I wasn’t really  sure  how it had to end until we were at  the end. And the last chapter broke my heart.

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ahh, the public service life

October 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm (library) (, , )

No matter how long you have been in public service, and no matter how good you are, you will meet someone who you just can’t deal with . Or they can’t deal with you . Sometimes, well, the customer is right. Many times there is just a communication issue. Sometimes the customer is wrong. And sometimes They are just crazy. Today Mr. Crazy Man came in . He want Alice in Wonderland — but not form the children’s department, but from the teen section of the library. As I was checking the catalog, I did mention that there might also be an unabridged edition in the children’s section that would be the same — that is as far as I got. I was now ,wrong, pushy, opinionated , and incompetent.
Where was the manager? At the big Branch. Who’s the supervisor?  X at the big branch. Well who is the highest ranking person here? Well, actually – My co-worker S has the same rank as I do. And we are the highest ranking people here today. ( Rank — we aren’t the military). So while S tried to talk to him ( you are not the same as her . Yes, I am . No ,you are not). I found what he was looking for on the Adult shelves. I had to show him where I  found it ( look  I am a liar , too) . I had to try and prove this was the right version . And then He found a page with an ILLUSTRATION. ( did you know Lewis Carrol was an artist as well as an author? ). He eventually decided it was ok to take this copy.

S and I just had to laugh.

It turns out , they know him at the big branch. And yes he does the same thing there. ( he doesn’t like the way things are organized at that branch). And my boss did say – Well I think you are competent , very, very, very competent.

So I count this as a win .

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Happy Birthday Mom

October 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm (fun) ()

If only you had friended me on facebook.

Or I had remembered the date before I went to work

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Cooking before Coffee

October 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm (domestic life, food, fun) ()

One of my friends started talking about this a day or so ago. Beer Bread. Really easy. Easy enough to do before coffe in the morning.

3 cups of self rising flour
1/3 cup of sugar
1 bottle of beer

Stir the first to ingredients together. Add beer, mix into dough. pour into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool.

yummy. easy.

and the sub for self rising flour : 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder and .5 teaspoons of salt to each cup of flour.

but that might take it out of the before coffee baking world.

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Kringle

October 17, 2009 at 3:03 pm (book review) (, )

kringle
I finished Kringle by Tony Abbott last night. It was a fun book telling the legend of Santa Claus. Well done, but I wish it had existed when I was about 10 years old. it would have been magical then.

In the book, all different mythologies are integrated, and well done. Solstice, elves, runse tones, parts of fairy tales, , santa myths, and christianity. Nicely blended and it is the first time I’ve ever really seen christianity treated as being equally( as opposed to more ) important in a mythological tale.

fun book especially for the 7 to 12 year old crowd.

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Olive Hyde Art Center

October 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm (art, fun, niles) (, )

Tonight I will be going to an openning at the Olive Hyde Art Center .This is the second one in a row. I guess that means I am hanging around with more artists. Kind of cool. This show is all wearable art and the owner of Kiowa Rose has a whole room. Since Roise taught me to bead, I know I like her stuff.

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