The Early Years: Jim’s Clarinet Sounds Like A Chicken

So last week, I posted an ancient report card progress report and mentioned that when I played the clarinet, our dog, Miss Marple (AKA “Missy”), would plant herself in front of me and howl. I further mentioned that it was too bad there was no video because it probably would have made us―or at least Missy―Internet stars. Well, there’s still no video, but since my dad knows where all his pictures are, there is, at least, photographic evidence:

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Teaser Tuesday 3/8/2016: “The Yellowstone Conundrum” Is Still Conundruming

This week I’m still reading The Yellowstone Conundrum, by John D. Randall, which some 400-odd pages in has begun to morph from a natural disaster epic into an urban warfare epic: Another Battle of Seattle, if you will, only this time between marauding street gangs and various pockets of Our Heroes trapped in the city by the one-two punch of a 9.5 earthquake (which, in this book, is vastly the punier of the two big quakes) and subsequent tsunami (not puny at all). In fact, one group of characters even gives a shout-out to “Escape from New York” by assigning themselves characters from the film. Oh, and for those who were worried — spoiler alert! — the dog is still with us. (In case you were wondering, he’s designated as the Ernest Borgnine character in “EfNY”, Cabbie.)

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Teaser Tuesday 3/1/2016: “The Yellowstone Conundrum”

So this week I’m reading The Yellowstone Conundrum, by John D. Randall, in which Old Faithful really blows its top.  Hilarity ensues.  No, wait, not hilarity.  What’s that other thing?  Oh right.  Disaster.

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‘Scuse me while I fist-bump the sky.

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Teaser Tuesday 2/23/2016: “Wolves of the Northern Rift”

So this week I’m reading Wolves of the Northern Rift, by Jon Messenger.

My dogs and I would like a word with you.

The dogs and I would like a word with you.

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Still, Still Not A Review Of “Breaking Bad”

So here we are, partway through the fourth season of “Breaking Bad”, which we started watching on Netflix back in January — obviously we are amateurs when it comes to binge-watching TV shows. At this point “Breaking Bad” has pretty much been enshrined as the Best Show Ever. Not only does it not put my wife to sleep (with the single exception of the episode “Fly“, which she characterized as “too ‘Breakfast Club’-ish”; despite being a card-carrying member of Generation X, she is not a fan of “The Breakfast Club”), but she actually tries to get me to stay awake for it. Shades of “Beasts of the Southern Wild“!

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Teaser Tuesday 11/20/2012: “The Half-Made World”

Well I finally paid for another book, The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman. Why, you ask? Two reasons:

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