Sunday, April 23, 2017

Coffee, Rain & Books

I have a T-shirt that says that and I wore it all day yesterday.

It rained today.

Also, I didn't wake up until 1:30 today.  Not because I was tired or hungover or anything like that.  It seemed as though every  time I did actually "wake up" I could hear it pouring down rain.  Can't walk a dog in that mess. Especially not my dog. He's a diva dog!

So at 1:30, I finally jumped out of bed and proceeded to make a pot of coffee. I fed the dog, then took him outside where he peed but he wasn't going to do much more than that.  He turned right around and went back up the steps towards home, and no rain.

I sat down with my first cup of coffee and got back to reading Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. A deeply depressing book I might add.  Perfect for a rainy day like today!

Bleecker thought it was a perfect day for us to do nothing more than drink coffee, listen to the rain, read books and snuggle on the couch.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: I'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America's #1 Daytime Drama

I'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America's #1 Daytime Drama I'll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America's #1 Daytime Drama by Eric Braeden
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So, I picked this up because I used to enjoy watching Y&R back in the day. I liked Eric Braeden (didn't know that wasn't his *real* name!) on that show. He did a great job with the character when I was watching. But then, life got too busy to watch daytime dramas.

I enjoyed the first part of the book, his early years, where he came from and how he came to America. Yes, he's an immigrant!

But once I got 2/3 of the way through, I started getting bored. The name dropping was incredible and "I get" that he's an actor and he's met a lot of people but a lot of times, it was just a listing of people with no reason why he met them or under what circumstances.

I understand that being on a daytime drama (or soap opera) isn't considered the greatest gig in the acting world and so maybe he has to throw out some interesting names so that people know he knows actors outside the daytime drama world.

Heck, the guy was in one of the biggest movies ever, Titanic. Glad to know that one scene with him was in just one take. Holy moly.

I should probably NOT read the memoirs of actors.

**I DNF'ed this 80% (Per my Kindle) because I just didn't give a damn anymore.

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Review: Black Ice

Black Ice Black Ice by Valmore James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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If you are a fan of old school hockey and liked the "fighting" aspect before "goons" took over, then this book is for you.  If you think anyone should be able to play hockey, this book is for you.  It is not overly melodious but it is to the point. It's heavy hitting but with reasons.  I thoroughly enjoyed this and I am not a big fan of memoirs/autobiographies.