Thursday, February 01, 2007

Books & Carts

I should be packing for tomorrow's big drive (12 hours of a 16-hour trip), but I've decided to update you on a few things I've been slacking on. Also, I managed to snag a parking spot on the opposite side of the street, which means I saved myself 2 hours in the morning. This is what it's like to live at the mercy of the weird NYC DOT Calendar. But it's all quite good.

Since I'm unable to make a post without mentioning the Idiotarod, I want to leave you with my favorite piece from the race results, all of which are available on the C.O.B.R.A. website. (Perhaps NSFW)

Sorry we forget your name. In 2006, they tried to bring a shopping cart across state lines tied to the roof of their car, were pulled over and forced to return it to the closest Target. So they ran with a cardboard box. Well, they returned and this year managed to have an actual cart! That is a 100% improvement over having no cart. Or is it an infinite increase? How many times more is 1 over zero?

And I've fallen behind on updating my books. Last week I read:

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin

Information: 5
Enjoyment: 4
Total: 9

I am on a "Presidents" kick right now and thoroughly enjoying it. Although I used to prefer Jefferson, I've come to believe that Lincoln may have in fact been the greatest president. We all know that he possessed a uniquely strong moral character, but this play-by-play of his presidency shocked me with his brilliance and boldness as well.

At First Sight
Nicholas Sparks

Information: 0
Enjoyment: 0
Total: 0

This was a big, reeking pile of emotions. And I am a girl. Still, I couldn't handle it. I thought that since I enjoyed The Notebook, maybe he had something to offer here. I was so very wrong. The plot was predictable, the dialog was intolerably sappy, and I never felt compelled to care about the characters.

Currently reading: The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning, Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, and re-reading Plan B by Anne Lamott.

1 comment:

ester said...

it's "vowell," not "powell." :-) but enjoy! see you on the flip side ...