Completely 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.
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 .
If only you had friended me on facebook.
Or I had remembered the date before I went to work
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.
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.
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.
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.