iPod Random Ten, holiday weekend edition

Since my iPod reset itself overnight and I had to find a new place to start my playlist, it seemed like the right time for a Random Ten. (For the record, nothing was skipped this time!) “R.O.C.K. in the USA,” John Cougar Mellencamp, Scarecrow “Nights on Broadway,” Bee Gees, Bee Gees: Greatest “Talk of the Town,” The Pretenders, Greatest Hits “This Love,” Maroon 5, Songs About Jane “Cool Jerk,” Go-Go’s, Greatest Hits “Big Me,” Foo […]

Friday Q&A, on Independence Day

Friday Q&A, on Independence Day

Since I’ve already posted my response for this week’s Tuesday Thingers, I’ll start out with a variation on the Q&A theme this time. Y’all know that I love sharing quizzes. This one assesses my “reading personality:” turns out I have a split one.  Your Personality: All-Rounder! Your responses showed you fitting equally into all four reading personalities: Involved Reader: You don’t just love to read books, you love to read about books. For you, half […]

Book talk: “Michael Tolliver Lives,” by Armistead Maupin

Book talk: “Michael Tolliver Lives,” by Armistead Maupin

Michael Tolliver Lives Armistead Maupin Harper Perennial, 2008 (paperback) (ISBN 0060761369 / 9780060761363) Fiction, 320 pages First Sentence: Not long ago, down on Castro Street, a stranger in a Giants parka gave me a loaded glance as we passed each other in front of Cliff’s Hardware. Description: Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin’s classic Tales of the City series, is arguably one of the most widely loved characters in contemporary fiction. Now, almost […]

Thursday Two – double the lists, double the books, double the fun!

Thursday Two – double the lists, double the books, double the fun!

Both of these book-related list memes come via The Boston Bibliophile – the second one is this week’s Tuesday Thingers prompt. =========================================== Entertainment Weekly published a list of the top 100 books they call “the new classics.” From that list, I’ve bolded what I’ve read, and italicized what I own, or owned at one time (if not also bolded, it’s still in TBR purgatory). The Road, Cormac McCarthy (2006) Harry Potter and the Goblet of […]

Road Trip Diary, days 3-5: In and around Yellowstone

Road Trip Diary, days 3-5: In and around Yellowstone

Day 3 – Logan, Utah to Yellowstone National Park Our drive on Monday continued up US 89 from Logan, and most of it was designated as “scenic route” on our AAA map. They weren’t lying. The road wound through the mountains, past lakes, and in and out of tiny towns (population 600), and there were times when it seemed like each view was prettier than the last. The road took us through a corner of […]

Road Trip Diary, days 1 & 2: Heading for Yellowstone

Road Trip Diary, days 1 & 2: Heading for Yellowstone

Parts of this post were previously published here. This is the first of four posts recounting our 2008 vacation – the others are here, here, and here. Day 1: leaving home, bound for Cedar City, Utah We actually got on the road when we planned to, so we seemed to be off to an auspicious start. The short-term goal was Vegas by lunchtime. We made the typical LA-to-Vegas pause in Barstow for a rest stop […]