They will need a time machine in the future so they can come back to this era to find out what happened and then can put it in the history books.
Friday, December 24, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021
The other day I put the lights on my Christmas tree out front. It's about 6' high now. I used to have a tree out there that was about 20' high but it was blown over in a hurricane.
Friday, December 3, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Saturday, November 27, 2021
What am I reading these days? M.M.Kaye "The Far Pavillions", C.J. Box "Dark Sky", and Paul Doherty "Satan in St. Mary's".
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Why all the push for electric cars? Consider this. The time it takes to charge an electric car can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours. This depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point. Most of the models in the market have a driving range of less than 100 miles when fully charged. Charging an electric car is similar to charging a mobile phone; you top it up during the day if you need to and give it a full charge at home overnight. To do that, every parking lot and shopping center parking would need banks of charging units. A way out of this is that every car has to be its own solar panel with a continuous charge. At this point in time electric cars are only feasible for city driving. It seems that it will take awhile for every driveway to have an electric car as the main mode of transport.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Sold it to a young man from Joggins. His grand-father was a coal miner and the town has a history of mining. He is going to put it in the Town Community Center.
Friday, November 5, 2021
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Gritty and sad. Be prepared for vivid living conditions of Indians, side by side with a white culture during and after the depression. It emphasises all the negative aspects of racism. Finding love in all the wrong places is a natural occurrence and its results are as expected. As we read we are flooded with the work ethic of the Indians which I find to be exaggerated although the living conditions have more than a hint of truth to it.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
The title of this book should be "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished". The preacher has overwhelming kindness bringing five orphans from war ravished Europe but naïve for thinking that humanity can separate prejudice. Evil can rear its ugly head no matter where you are or under what circumstances. Expecting a warm welcome, he is surprised at the hatred he faces. A Pulitzer Prize winner with emotions that run overboard, sometimes to the extreme. A book suited for those who wear their heart on their sleeve.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
WW2 was a war between Germany and Russia who eventually won it. Europe was in the war because Germany needed their resources. The rest were in the war because they couldn't mind their own business. Young men went to war because they wanted the excitement of visiting Paris and going to the Follies Bergere and the Moulin Rouge. Now you don't need to read a book about the reasons for the start of the Second World War.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
The Travelling Man is the second book in the series although the first one written. The con artists are a husband and wife team and the story takes place 20 yrs. after the first one. Still a team and still not trusting each other. They are ready to con one other and any passing mark, especially if the mark is dishonest. In this mode of operation they usually make more enemies while putting their lives in danger. The book is fast paced from beginning and throughout the story. To con is their way of life and they are not above murder to fill their pockets and keep them out of jail.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Yesterday was garbage day and I noticed that my neighbor across the street had thrown out an electric generator. So I skipped over to have a look at it. Of course it looked rough. The owner came out and told me its problems which didn't interest me. I told him I would put it on Kijiji and sell it for $20.00. He helped me drag it over to my place. Quite heavy. I put it up for sale and an hour later a guy put a hold on it and said he would be here the first thing in the morning. He was here at 7:40 and off it went. I am going to give $10.00 to my neighbor. I don't like seeing stuff like that being thrown out. Someone might be able to fix it or use it for parts.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
I am always glad to read a Follett epic, this one especially so since I lived through most of it and the events are familiar. To tell the story, he has taken the characters, their relatives, acquaintances and ancestors and woven it into the fabric of world changing and everyday events. I have a better understanding of the period when all the events are tied together. It is unfortunate that his political leanings sometimes take precedence over unbiased writing. At times his writing slipped into the area of descriptive porn which was unnecessary.
Friday, October 1, 2021
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Another saga in the lives of Cato & Marco. For the most part it is two concurrent stories. The book seems to have taken on the appearance of a diary as far as the actions of Cato is concerned. Marco on the other hand has come more to the forefront, bringing out his finer points. It is almost like introducing a new character and a way of prolonging the series. Marco can now take on a life of his own.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
If it had been up to me, we wouldn't have had any lockdown. It would have been masks, social distancing, vitamin D, exercising and hand washing. By now it would be all over.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
I started reading this book and the first three chapters were all about his dog. I felt that the author was having trouble finding a story and was dragging this part out. Reading farther along, I got the impression that everyone carries a gun. In pockets, purses and tucked into their belts. I've been to Dallas and never saw a pistol tucked into anyone's belt. It is not a style of writing that I like so I never finished the book.
I can't understand why people doing a review have to do a summary. You can find that on the back of the book. Probably it's to make the review appear longer. In a lot of reviews that I have read I have noticed that the actual review might be only one or two sentences. If so, let the review be one or two sentences. It's a waste of time reading the synopsis over and over. A rant, after reading the reviews of all seven books.
Monday, September 20, 2021
If we are given the same opportunities or excuses as in the time of Hitler, Mussolini or |Communist countries, we would do exactly the same thing. This pandemic proves that. We are willing to fall behind our leaders and persecute a minority, whatever they are.
This is a Reacher story that one could mistake for a young Jack Reacher although he might appear a bit naïve and immature. The series is an attempt to copy the style of Lee Child but falls short. At times the sentences are short and sharp but for the most part they revert to normal information. Parts of the story are inconsistent, the author forgetting former remarks. Some sentences are just plain silly while others are absurd.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
This is a story of a con man and his student and the training involved for the purpose of taking revenge on his former partners. It looks like the first book in the series but it is actually the fifth book written. I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. It was non stop action with a bit of violence. Since it is the fifth book and practice makes perfect, I am hoping the first books are just as good.
Monday, September 13, 2021
The second in the Bolitho series. Home on a short leave, Bolitho is suddenly called back to serve on a small ship where his brother happens to be Captain. You would expect rivalry between the two brothers but that doesn't happen. This seems to break away from what usually happens in these kind of stories. This is the only surprise as the story falls into the type that I have seen a dozen times, a routine story with a lack of imagination.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
They are doing away with all forms of decadence, movie stars, pop stars and some billionaires have disappeared. They have already started closing down factories. And of course they sent us the virus which has yet to come to full bloom.
Our political leaders are really dumb and our Captains of industry are so greedy. The factories are all gone and they can't be built overnight. We can't build a darn thing.
Saw a film yesterday telling us that the U.S. government is offering farmers 1 1/2 times the value of their crops if they destroy them. If they don't, they won't be getting subsidy payments next year. Trying to create a food shortage? Somebody has sold out to somebody.
The NEWS broadcasters spend most of the TV hours talking about the virus. Telling us every possible combination of patients, one province after the other, hours and hours, determined to scare the shit out of us. Except for forest fires or floods, you don't know one other thing that is going on. Riots in France, protests in England and don't even think about Australia. We are all in deep shit and you are to blame.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
The strange thing is that this was my last day at work before my vacation. The next morning I was flying out to Florida to visit my son. I would be at Newark airport at 09:30. A day earlier and I would have seen the attack. Can you just imagine me among the hundreds trying to rent a car.
Friday, September 10, 2021
This a love triangle with a background of the Afghan war, further complicated wit the men on opposing sides. It is well written with exceptional work on the lives of women in an Afghan village where our main character uses her wiles to survive. I did get tired with the continual emphasis on breast feeding. This was the least of my problems, when half-way thru the book I thought it had changed to a porn novel. I found this section an unnecessary addition to the book. The story seemed to have lost its purpose. After that wasted section the book was back on track with a great ending.