Even better, I found a burner who wanted all of the old fans for an art project, so I just have to deal with recycling one box and half the styrofoam from the shipped new fans.
My new fridge got delivered this morning, also yay! Boo on that they took a chunk out of the plaster in the front stairwell. I can fix it, but will wait until the old fridge gets picked up for recycling - on Sept 23. *sigh* So much hurry up and wait with this. Luckily I have room (just) to keep the old fridge around for a bit, but the odd thing is that it has to be plugged in for them to pick it up (working).
I met a translator at wedding festivities this summer and was able to make a reading in which they were participating this week. They'd come in via commuter rail and were crashing with the organiser, so I was invited to the post event gathering so we could chat some more - that didn't quite end up happening, as it was just 5 people eating dinner - bit awkward for me to be the hanger on, but fascinating being with so many people who are passionate about literature, poetry, words in general. *happy sigh* I have a Korean poet to look up, and a morbid curiosity to read some of the war crime tribunal trial transcripts from the Hague (the organiser worked there for years). I learned a lot about Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian as 4 were working in those languages, only one in Spanish.
Also: successfully travelled to and from Ontario to do the Spartan Sprint up there with my high school friend L. Still bitter they moved it from Borden, but the course was pretty much flat. It was a lot of deep mud, some shivering and bonking on the course (one of my bar wrappers split and got ruined), and another 120 burpees (rings, monkey bars (though I did get halfway), frisbee golf (wft, I guess cause the venue had a course?) and spear toss) and a strained hamstring as I forced myself over the inverted wall. Got a boost on the wall traverse near the end, but did do the rope climb for my first Spartan bell ring - yay silks training! Registration was a complete mess, the computer system was down and it took me 2 hours to get signed in when they *finally* did it by hand. :-/ 2h 3m for 6.4km, not my best time but I jogged most of it. Visited the McMichael on my way back to the airport, and found that the rental car had a crack on the bumper when I returned it - either construction debris (oh man the construction!) or a hit and run at the McMichael. :-/ Thankfully I got the insurance, but the rental counter was a bit shady with how they explained and resolved things. I'm waiting on a call from a manager. :-(
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Title: A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean: A Grump in Paradise Discovers that Anyplace it's Legal to Carry a Machete is Comedy Just Waiting to Happen
Author: Gary Buslik
Publisher: Travelers' Tales
Publushed in: 2008
Author Gary Buslik and his wife have been married twenty years. In that time they have traveled to the Caribbean many times for vacations, Add in Buslik's time as a travel writer and he has spent quite a bit of time visiting the Islands that dot this area that many consider paradise. The author considers himself a rotten person, easily turned grumpy, which affects how he sees these islands and the culture clash that occurs between his Midwestern American lifestyle and that lived in the warmer Island climates.
This book is a collection of travel stories that were originally published elsewhere. So at times there feels a bit of repetition that may have been avoided by chnging the order of the stories presented. I enjoyed the stories inside. They were written with a black humor and sometimes homesick feeling. The author presents some near brushes with celebrities both unwanted (such as the time he accidently insulted Idi Amin) and wanted (trying to meet Princess Di only to encounter her security and the confusion of a local man who just wanted to get home through a blocked off route). There are stories of crazy and wildly smart Rastifarians, pokes at both the British and the French, as well as musings on how progress is changing island lifestyle.
The author can come across as brusk and a bit of a jerk at times. He is a self proclaimed Republican and Jewish agnostic who is married to a more liberal leaning woman, and who teaches in a very liberal university setting. He loves to weave in observations about growing up in Skokie, IL and his current home in Mundelien, IL and compare them to the islands he has visited. However you really get a feeling of his appreciation of the islands and the people who host he and his wife during their times staying there. I don't know if this travelogue is for everyone. but I enjoyed it quite a bit, especially his stories about visiting Cuba and visiting Hemingway's home.
Title: The Kagonesti
Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: 1995
I have a love of the Dragonlance saga. However some of the books are written much better than others. Because I have been disappointed in this series before I have picked up and set down this copy several times without getting past the prologue. I am very glad that I continued with it this time around. The Lost Histories series is a group of books set in the Dragonlance world which probe the historical roots and records the struggles (sometimes epic) of some of the lesser known races of Krynn. This book looks at the Kagonesti - the wild elves. It starts with their founding as a separate people from the more civilized "house" elves. The wild elves with their black hair aand dusky skin still live in the wilderness as the Silvestri led by Silvanos are retreating from the wilderness to live in their crystal cities. Kagonos and his people are beloved of the silver dragon Dalannar who gifts Kaganos with a mystical rams horn which can call his "people" to help them if they are able.
The book is written in three parts. The first shows Kagonos as the first pathfinder and wielder of the mystic horn at the end of the First Dragon War, As he and his people withdraw from the other Elves to retreat deep in the forest of Ashalon.
The second story follows Ashaway as he leads his people during the third dragon war (During the time of Huma). Ashaway has the role of Pathfinder thrust upon himself suddenly when the previous Pathfinder is killed in a raid by the bakali, lizardmen who serve the dragon queen. Ashaway has to find safety for his people while helping the Knights of the Rose travel through the deep forests and mountains to the Dragon Queen's stronghold of Sanction. Even as helping the humans goes against the traditions of the Kagonesti, Ashaway is urged to help the Solamnic knights by the current silver dragon who carries the match to the hown he carries.
The third and final story of the Kagonesti elves takes us to the years before the cataclysm. We see the struggles of young warrior Iydahoe as he witnesses the destruction of the four tribes of the Kagonesti. He and his father struggle to keep their small band of survivors hidden and alive as the Humans from the city of Ishtar and the Silvenesti build a massive road through the forest homes of the Kagonesti tribe. Iydahoe seeks vengeance upon the men who killed his people. A raid on a caravan leads the capture of himself and a young warrior under his care. They are in the caravan wagon of a cleric of Mishakal when the cleric is pulled away by magic - a signal that the thirteen days before the end of the world is to arrive. Iydahoe and his tribesman escape with the help of a priestess Vanisia and return to his tribe. They are led to go up into the mountains by the mystic Grandfather Ram and are saved from the water that rushes in and destroys Ishtar and created the Newsea as the Cataclysm breaks the world of Ansalon.
I really enjoyed how this fills in some of the history to events before the cataclysm.
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