January 12th, 2009

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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 11:03 @gregvaneekhout Don't forget the donuts! #
  • 11:04 Still haven't learned the secret of fluffy, non-dense, waffles and pancakes #
  • 12:27 time to take A to volleyball, write during it, then go to the grocery store. #
  • 16:58 @jay_lake Not so bad, as long as you like Kessel Spice on your food. And in your drink. And your hair. And your skin. And everyone else. #
  • 20:21 @jay_lake re: "Power Converters" You should watch "Robot Chicken: Star Wars" if you haven't already... #
  • 20:21 watching the Golden Globes #
  • 22:16 "Slumdog Millionaire", "John Adams", and "30 Rock" are cleaning up at the Golden Globes #
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fitness center downs and ups

Got in a trip to the fitness center before work.

On the down side, the televisions in front of me were completely content-free. On Good Morning America (GMA), GMA people were interviewed by GMA people about the big career breaks that led to them being on GMA. On Fox News, Karl Rove was talking about the legacy of the Bush presidency.

On the up side, I had a magazine to read. Fitness time is when I get my magazine reading done - gotta fill up that story brain! Also, I had a good workout - aerobic stuff, situps, and stretching - and I'm starting to gain back what I lost (or lose what I gained) through the Nov/Dec of stress, less exercise, and eating.

On the interesting side, the "running dude" is back! He's an interesting guy who, while running very fast, forever, on the treadmill (9-10 mph), used to make "tiger claw" gestures and clap and growl. He's much more sedate now. I only saw one tiger claw.

On the super up side, my fitness center found my ID tag. This was good because it contained the key to my lock but, more importantly, it also had the rainbow "DAD" tag that A made for a few years ago. I was a little disheartened by the thought that I'd lost it. Yay, fitness center!
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Read a Story a Day: Jan 1-11, 2009

I'm back on the kick to Read a Story a Day, and doing well so far.

All reading is from either:
- kenscholes's collection _Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys_
- Lavie Tidhar's collection _Hebrew Punk_
- _Sacred Games_ (novel) by Vikram Chandra.

These books will reappear in the next "Being Read and Enjoyed" post, and I am really enjoying all three.

Thursday Jan 1 - Sunday Jan 10, 2009
Total: 9 stories; 4 novel chapters
Top Favorites: "Into the Gap Where Life Is Hurled"; "Transylvania Mission"; "That Old-Time Religion"; "East of Eden and Just a Little Bit South"; _Sacred Games_

Stories Read:
- "Into the Gap Where Life Is Hurled" by Ken Scholes
- "The Santaman Cycle" by Ken Scholes
- "Hikubasha Dreaming In The Shadowy Land of Death" by Ken Scholes
- "The Heist" by Lavie Tidhar
- "Transylvania Mission" by Lavie Tidhar
- _Sacred Games_, Chapters 1-3 ("Policeman's Day", "Ganesh Gaitonde Sells His Gold", "Going Towards Home")
- "Of Metal Men and Scarlet Thread and Dancing with the Sunrise" by Ken Scholes
- "The Dope Fiend" by Lavie Tidhar
- "That Old-Time Religion" by Ken Scholes
- "East of Eden and Just a Little Bit South" by Ken Scholes
- _Sacred Games_, Chapter 4 ("Ganesh Gaitonde Acquires Land")