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28th-Jan-2019 09:37 pm - Wow!
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I was walking toward Bloomingdale's yesterday afternoon and once again walked past David McCallum. I also did that sometime last year in a subway station. I can't help wondering if I will do it again one day. If so I hope I might actually get enough courage to talk to him and tell him I've had a crush on him since 1964.
11th-Jan-2019 09:48 pm - Traveling
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Well I had a wonderful birthday bash. Unfortuantely the trip home was not that good. I got on the Amtrak train this morning then halfway home the train stopped and we were told that because of some electrical problem in the Bronx we would not be heading to NYC for at least an hour. Sometime later we were told that we could go onto a Metro-North train and they would accept the Amtrak tickets so off I went. We arrived in NYC about 90 minutes later than when we should have on the Amtrak train if nothing had gone wrong. The only good thing was that the train I was on headed to Grand Central station instead of Penn Station so I was much closer to where I live and therefore taking a taxi cost much less than a taxi would bringing me from Penn Staion. In all the decades I have been doing this birthday bash this is the first time something went wrong with a train I was on...and may it be the last time *fingers crossed*
6th-Jan-2019 09:59 pm - Birthday Bash
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I arrived in Needham yesterday and went to my cousin's birthday party at a Chinese restaurant where among other dishes we ordered my favorite foods: Crab Rangoon, Stir Fried Spinach with Garlic and General Gau's Chicken. I had a wonderful time and am now with my other cousin. Today we went to see "On the Basis of Sex", the movie about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was amazing and I'm so glad we went to see it (I'm not much into movies these days). My birthday is on Wednesday and I'll be here until Friday. I am so looking forward to the next 5 days :)
2nd-Jan-2019 09:33 pm - Happy New Year/Books Read in 2018
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I once again spent New Year's Eve at a party at one of my fellow atheist's apartment and had a wonderful time. Now I certainly hope that 2019 will be a far better year for me and most others *fingers crossed*

Here is my list of books I've read in 2018 - just 29 books. I read one less book than I read last year but I did have a lot of sad things that happened this year that caused me to not read some days and, like last year, I have spent a lot of time taking care of the dog. I hope this year I can read a larger number of books.

Fiction:
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris
Emergence by C. J. Cherryh
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Duel to the Death by J. A.Jance
Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
The Breakers by Marcia Muller
Field of Bones by J. A. Jones*
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
Dead Deceiver by Victoria Houston
Shell Game by Sara Paretsky
The Child by Fiona Barton
Pale Guardian by Barbara Hambly

Non-Fiction:
Memory Rescue by Daniel G. Amen
Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory by Andrew E. Budson, MD and Maureen K. O'Connor, Psy.D
The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku
Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich
Slayers & Vampires by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman
No Time to Spare by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. LeGuin
An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton
Live Long And . . .: What I Learned Along the Way by William Shatner with David Fisher
The Revolutionary Genius of Plants by Stefano Mancuso
4th Rock from the Sun by Nicky Jenner
Aliens: Past Present Future by Ron Miller
On the Future: Prospects for Humanity by Martin J. Rees
Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman

*I really didn't read the entire novel. Jance wrote it in a way that made it appear like an ep of "Criminal Minds" with chapters featuring the young woman being raped and others from the POV of the rapist and I just couldn't read those chapters (I often don't watch the scenes on CM where the villain is practicing his nastiness).
28th-Dec-2018 03:18 pm - The Frick Museum
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Yesterday I went to the Frick Museum as a friend of mine works there. It's in the Henry Clay Frick House on the Upper East Side in Manhattan that was built between 1912-1914 by the industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919). It has quite a collection of old master paintings and extremely fine (and rather uncomfortable) furniture. In a way it made me glad I was not wealthy way back then as I can't imagine living there with all that kind of stuff. I wonder if a century later any wealthy people currently have a recently built mansion similar to that full of paintings and antique furniture (I'm not referring to people who have inherited such things). If so it's basically to show off.
25th-Dec-2018 11:08 pm - A Belated Merry Christmas
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I hope everyone had a wonderful day. Basically I'm writing that because I wanted to share this ad with a marvelous cat actor who truly made me enjoy an ad which I rarely do.


22nd-Dec-2018 11:07 pm - The WInter Solstice
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We atheists tend to celebrate the Winter Solstice this time of year and so we had a dinner party at a restaurant called Moonstruck last night and had a wonderful time. I know that there are a lot of different holidays this time of year so I do wish everyone Happy Holidays. We are a little over one week away from a new year and I so hope it will be a much better year as too many sad things have happened to my friends and relatives this year. May things improve here and around the world in 2019 *fingers crossed*
4th-Nov-2018 03:30 pm - Will We or Won't We
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Sadness is continuing *sigh*
Last Saturday I went to the wonderful Halloween party I've been attending for the last 7 years. It was fun but I heard that one of my fellow atheists who has become demented lost her father recently and half the time forgets he passed away. Today I learned that my best friend, who lives in Fargo, had to have her dog put down yesterday as he was suffering badly from cancer. This year (and a bit of last year) has truly been dreadful not only in people and animals passing away that I know but of many others dying here and all over the world due to killers feeling they can get away with it. I now am truly worried about what will happen on Tuesday. Will the sane, decent people vote and vote blue and win or will the Gross Obscene Party become stronger than ever?
17th-Oct-2018 09:10 pm - Ailurophile
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Came across these two websites today:

The 25 Best Cats in Sci-Fi & Fantasy - I haven't read about that many of them but I do recall Pete in "The Door Into Summer" by Robert A. Heinlein, Crookshanks in the "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling, The Hani from "Pride of Chanur" by C.J. Cherryh, Bagheera in "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling and I may have read about Chessie in the Barque Cats series by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough but I'm not sure.

15 Cat Books in Sci-Fi and Fantasy for You to Read Right Meow - I have read "Catseye" by Andre Norton, "The Pride of Chanur" by C.J. Cherryh, and I may have read "Catalyst" by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (one of the Barque books).

The first webpage did not list cat books by Andre Norton like "Breed to Come", "Catseye", "Plague Ship", "Star Ka'at" and several others and the second one only listed "Catseye". She was one of my favorite authors.

BTW Monday, October 29 will be National Cat Day!
7th-Oct-2018 10:23 pm - Whovian C'est Moi
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Well I've seen the first episode featuring the new Doctor Who played by Jodie Whittaker titled "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" and I liked the episode and the new Doctor. I guess there were hints that this transference might happen one day. Years ago the fourth Doctor had a companion who was a Time Lady named Romana aka Romanadvoratrelundar (I wonder if she could now be male or had been one earlier? I also wonder if she is still in E-Space and was safe from the disaster that happened to Gallifrey). Also the villain the Master became Missy in the eighth series. And in a Doctor Who charity special the Doctor did become a woman way back in 2009. Does becoming a woman make the Doctor the ultimate transexual?

She is called the 13th Doctor but there is a War Doctor who existed between Doctors number 8 & 9 so in a way she is the 14th Doctor.

I also saw the show "The Ultimate Watch Party" featuring people looking forward to seeing the new Doctor before the episode premiered where one of the people there said, "Boy is she the hero we need now" (another person said that "feminism is about making the world a better place" which is so true and may we able to do this soon). I am very pleased by this hero and I am looking forward to see what the Doctor will be doing this season.
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