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12 of 12 - September 2011

Time for another 12 of 12! Head on over to Chad Darnell's blog to check out people's days from around the world.


7:21 AM - T-shirt of the day. An Arcade Fire concert tee ("Who is Arcade Fire?", you say) picked mostly for its color.


7:42 AM - One of the large electronic TRIMARC signs reminding commuters that the 50-year-old I-64 bridge connecting Louisville with southern Indiana has been closed. Inspectors found cracks in the structural beams three days prior and closed the bridge almost immediately. The bridge is probably going to be closed for at least 6 months, although the actual number is probably going to be measured in years.


7:50 AM - Luckily, we have two other bridges - the Kennedy bridge for I-65 (just as old as the Sherman Minton) and the Clark Memorial / 2nd Street Bridge, which dates from the 1920s. How they'll fare with the extra traffic remains to be seen (probably not well).


8:11 AM - Monday crosswords are always easy. The Java applet shorted me 10-15 seconds, so I should have finished even faster.


9:07 AM - Zeko made some cookies. Toll House recipe with added walnuts.


11:40 AM - Lunch. I've been eating in lately to save some money for next year's Olympics trip. Turkey and swiss on wheat.


4:44 PM - The view from my cubicle. You'd almost think this was a sleepy little burg when you look in this direction.


5:25 PM - I picked up a copy of "7 Wonders" from the Louisville Game Shop for a game night on Friday. I really like it, and I'm pretty sure the card drafting element will appeal to most of the people I'll be playing with.


5:37 PM / 5:48 PM - I ate dinner out today, which is unusual for me. Right next to the game shop is an Irish pub named Molly Malone's, which seems to be a fairly popular name for these establishments. I had a bowl of potato leek soup and then an entree of grilled salmon with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.


6:56 PM - Our company softball team had their first game tonight. I'm too uncoordinated to play myself, but I made it out to cheer them on. We won; the game was called at 18-3 in the 4th inning.


7:57 PM - watching todays rerun of The Price is Right. He flipped when he should have flipped AND flopped!


11:05 PM - About 20% of the way through with A Dance with Dragons, the most recent of the "A Song of Fire and Ice" books by George R.R. Martin. I didn't want to show you the start of the chapter, because it tells you whose POV it's from, and then you'd know somebody who's still alive at this point. It's that kind of series.

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spectralbovine
Sep. 13th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I didn't want to show you the start of the chapter, because it tells you whose POV it's from, and then you'd know somebody who's still alive at this point. It's that kind of series.
Heh. This series has featured in at least one past 12 of 12!

Yessss, 7 Wonders!
teapot37
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
Heh. This series has featured in at least one past 12 of 12!

This is the third month! I should be done with this one by next month, though. Hopefully.

Yessss, 7 Wonders!
I think if I ever came and visited you, all we'd do is play games and visit the pirate store.
spectralbovine
Sep. 15th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
That sounds like a great visit!
robyn_migratori
Sep. 13th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't want to show you the start of the chapter, because it tells you whose POV it's from, and then you'd know somebody who's still alive at this point. It's that kind of series.

I was accidentally spoiled that way recently, when someone posted something along the lines of, "I'm up to Character X chapter 3", so I appreciate this courtesy. :)
teapot37
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Spoilers BAD! Hulk smash!
smrou
Sep. 14th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
That cookie looks big.

I didn't want to show you the start of the chapter, because it tells you whose POV it's from, and then you'd know somebody who's still alive at this point. It's that kind of series.
I remember when I was reading one of the books and a chapter ended in such a way that you couldn't tell if a particular person had lived or died (not that unusual way for a chapter to end) and it was one person who I really didn't want to die, so I went flipping through to see if there was another chapter with their name.

Which is so unlike me. I hate spoilers! I never do that kind of thing! But I just couldn't take the suspense because I knew it might be hundreds of pages or more before I found out.

And that was so long ago now that I don't remember who the character was or even if I found another chapter with their name or not. I think it must have been the first or second book, because surely by the third I'd grown much more relaxed about major characters dying left and right.

I haven't read the newest book and that's partly because it's not out in paperback yet (right?) and partly because I have a HORRIBLE memory for book details and there are so many characters and so many plotlines that I know I'll be totally lost if I try to jump back in. I seriously don't even remember who's alive and who's dead. So at the very least I'll have to read through some fairly detailed plot summaries before giving the new book a shot. Better yet would be to reread the first four, but they're so long and I'm such a slow reader that I'm not sure how realistic that is.
teapot37
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
The new book just came out last month, so no paperback yet.

For the most part, you could skip book 4 if you wanted to (from what I've read so far). Events in books 4 and 5 happen pretty much in parallel (book 4 is the story of characters A, B, and C, while book 5 is that of characters X, Y, and Z, with little overlap).

It's looking like it'll have taken me two and a half months to finish the series thus far. With books this size, I feel that's a decent pace.
smrou
Sep. 14th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
It's looking like it'll have taken me two and a half months to finish the series thus far. With books this size, I feel that's a decent pace.
I think that's an excellent pace, and much quicker than I would be able to accomplish even on a reread. I do recall that I read the first book in less than a week, but I was spending a hell of a lot of time reading that week. It also took me just a week to read Cryptonomicon. In both cases those are long books that would ordinarily take me quite a long time to get through, but I was so engrossed (and so unoccupied with anything else, being on break from college) that I read like it was a full-time job.

These days it takes me a month to get through a normal length book.
whileyouspiral
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
Your dinner looks fabulous! I could eat salmon for dinner every night. Mmm...

The thing I miss most about unemployment is being able to watch The Price is Right. I guess I could DVR it, but it's just not the same. Don't get me wrong, I'll take employment over unemployment any day of the week. This just means that whenever I do take a day off from work, I schedule my plans around the show. Haha
teapot37
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
It was delicious.

Even when I'm home during the day, I never watch TPIR in real time. I always skip the commercials (because I don't need to be sold insurance, mobility scooters, or Life Alert bracelets) and the spinning of the wheel. I can watch the show in just under 35 minutes.
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