September 28th, 2016


Updated Reading List

Reading the entire Harry Potter series aloud to my GF. When I'm done with that I believe I'm reading Dan Brown's novels to her. A note about those - I ordered the illustrated editions online, with jackets. Received one illustrated, and one non-illustrated, one with a dust cover, and one without. I emailed the company back they were all like, "So sorry, just return us the one you want exchanged" but when I inquired as to the one I wanted to replace having its jacket and trying to ensure I would this time *actually* receive both illustrated versions and both with jackets, the company replied, "Tell you what, why don't we refund your money and you just keep them both."

I've started, but not finished, Let's Pretend This Never Happened a dozen times or more since 2012 (its hysterical) and wasn't aware A Wrinkle in Time was part of a trilogy (having read the book once in grade school) so when I found a nice bound edition at Barnes and Noble, I thought it might be fun. I've been a huge fan of Ken Follett since The Key to Rebecca (having read Daphne du Maurier's quintessential novel just prior) but haven't read any of his since Pillars of the Earth.

Concerning Stephen Hawking's two, well...they're fascinating, but not really light reading. Nor are The Constitution of the United States of America or the Communist Manifesto, which I purchased at the same time as reference material at the onset of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign when both sides were seemingly misquoting both books as gospel proof the "other side" had it all wrong.
Indiana Jones

Addressing a Decade-Old Conversation

I've been calling my daughter, "Ma'am" since she was born; before she could even understand speech. I do this for many reasons - One, being from Texas, its damn near automatic. Two, I hope it actively displays respect for her, and [when engaged in conversation] her opinions. Third, as all parents do, I hope to be a positive role model in her life She's a freshman in high school now which means I've been calling her, "ma'am" for 14-years. Yet sometimes, when I'm distracted, or excited, I will slip and call her "Sir." No, I don't know why. Perhaps its some unconscious patriarchal thing that has to do with my upbringing - I dunno. Regardless, for those of my friends who are pronoun sensitive, please understand its me, not you. I've been told, "Surely, after all this time, you should be able to get it right." Yes. I probably should. But if I occasionally slip up on my own daughter after FOURTEEN YEARS, I don't know what to tell you.