April 12th, 2007

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Puzzles: Wed Apr 11

Jumble = 0:38 ("DOWN" and OUT)
Word Sleuth = 2:20 (Human Emotions)
NEA Crossword = 3:52 (4-11-07)
NY Times Crossword = 8:30 (No. 0228)

Done in Sacto airport while waiting for the plane. A good Wednesday, everything was smooth and felt relatively quick. Don't know if I'll have any times Thurs through Sunday, as I'll be in Texas.
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Off to Texas

Off to San Antonio for Thursday through Sunday to visit mom and nana. The occasion is Nana's 94th (!) birthday. Mom only has a PC hooked up to a modem using AOL, so probably not much logging in. Besides, things will be very busy. I'll also be saying high to my best friend from high school and one of my good friends/roomates from college.
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Transferring through Denver on the way to San Antonio. When we landed, it was snowing! It's April 12, what's going on here? The flakes were big fat ones, heavy enough that they looked like they had some momentum, but light (or wide) enough that they still drifted in the wind. It really looked like the inside of a snow globe. Hopefully it won't affect my flight.

Denver Airport does not have free wi-fi (how primitive). It's run by AT&T and the minimum cost is $7.99. This explains why there are so many people sitting staring into space or gazing at their phones. I'll never fly through Denver again! Oh wait, it's not like I have much of a choice.

My sinus congestion passed the first descent with flying colors. For that I am extremely grateful.
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Denver and stories

Sitting here watching the snow, I'm reminded of two stories: "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai" by Zelazny, and "Man Mountain Gentian" by Howard Waldrop. I believe there are several of the Hokusai prints that involve snow and Fuji, though it's too cloudy here in Denver to see the mountains. I have no idea why I've been thinking of the Waldrop story. Perhaps the subject of "telekinetic sumo wrestlers", the line "Try not to think of the white horse" and the quote "Hooves?" are linking together with the snow for some reason.

I think I have these stories in books that I left behind at the house when I went off to college. I'll have to check out the old garage room (now a storage room) and see if there's anything left.
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in Texas

Sitting in Mom's house writing LiveJournal entries before doing the crossword puzzle. Read a lot on the plane, I brought along Asimov's, Analog and F&SF for March/April and am making my way through them. Sinuses successfully survived the second descent without painful congestion. Maybe Sudafed does work!
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Asimov's March 2007

A decent set of stories, well-written, complete, and with interesting premises or settings for the most part, but nothing was top-notch for me. I felt that each story either there were some too convenient aspects of the plot that enabled the conflict to resolve and wrap up the story, or that the story was a nice tale but not too deep.

My favorite was "The Sanguine" by Jim Grimsley about a man who has had a horrible memory erased but has to relive it every year. It hit upon my favorite themes: technology's affect on people's lives, memory, time, and family relationships. It just didn't quite click for me, I'm not really sure why, but I did enjoy it.

I also liked "Breeze from the Stars" by Mary Rosenblum, a coming of age story about a young man put into a job in space that he doesn't think he wants. The setting, characters and dialogue were all well-done and very interesting. I felt that the plot element that brought about conflict and resolution seemed "tacked-on", though I'm not sure how the story would have progessed without it.