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brief random update
... I slept unil noonish today, after waking up at 8 to take the dog out; I'm finally caught up on my sleep after this horrendously sleep deprived weekend. I woke up to an email about the Columbia space shuttle, read my friends list, and looked at a bit of cnn.com as well as turning it on TV. But right now, I'm taking that email's advice to turn the TV off, and celebrate the loss of 7 of our best and brightest by not being a media maven, but by doing something else with which to remember them.

So I took some time out to play with the dog and give him one of his favorite things: a meat filled bone, before finishing my latest book, which was not as good as the previous one I just finished: Bee Season, by Myla Goldberg. If you haven't read it, you should. It's wonderfully written and thought-provoking, two big things in my book.

The next book on my shelf is Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster by Jon Krakauer.

And now, I think I'm going to get ice cream before finishing my weekly house blessing and doing some decluttering. It's like exercise -- I have a hard time getting started, but I'm always glad I did it. (speaking of exercise, I should do 15 min of that today, too, as I skipped yesterday)
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dslartoo From: dslartoo Date: February 1st, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Into Thin Air will stick in your head for a long, long time after you've finished it, particularly if you've already got an interest in mountaineering as I do. Krakauer took an unflinching look at the events of the 1996 season and put them down with brutal honesty and realism. I have recommended the book to more people than I can count.

I also recommend the IMAX movie "Everest", which was filmed during the same season (the McGillivray/Freeman team was led by David Brashears and Ed Viesturs). You can find it on video here and there if there are no theaters showing it in your area.

cheers,
Phil
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maigrey From: maigrey Date: February 1st, 2003 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, he recommended it for my sister. :) But I ended up not getting her the books and got her a programmable thermostat instead. :)
maigrey From: maigrey Date: February 1st, 2003 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm reading it based on the recommendation you gave for my sister. I'm not much of a movie watcher once it's out of the theaters, though, so I probably won't see the movie...
dslartoo From: dslartoo Date: February 3rd, 2003 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I recommended something to your sister? Who's she?

cheers,
Phil
maigrey From: maigrey Date: February 3rd, 2003 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)
She's my sister! :)

I put a poll question in asking what books to buy her, silly
dslartoo From: dslartoo Date: February 3rd, 2003 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh. Now all is clear. Well, mostly clear.

("Are we clear?" "No, we're opaque. *snap* NOW we're clear." :)

cheers,
Phil
o_w_t_fairies From: o_w_t_fairies Date: February 1st, 2003 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read Into Thin Air about six months ago. I also recommend it. The events remain very clear in my mind because when they happened I just found out I was pregnant with my first child, and Rob Hall's partner back here in NZ was either very close to giving birth to their child (or had just given birth - I can't quite remember). Anyway, I remember watching it on the news and being terribly sad for her, and all the others that lost their family members on the Mountain.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: February 1st, 2003 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Well, I'll let you know what I thought of it when I'm done...

After that, comes Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, then The best American nonrequired reading 2002, edited and with and introduction by David Eggers, then Jennifer Government : a novel by Max Barry and then after that, Girl meets God, by I forget who. :)

Of course, that's until someone recommends some more things to me :)
swoobysnacks From: swoobysnacks Date: February 2nd, 2003 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good book. Read it a couple of years ago.
snidegrrl From: snidegrrl Date: February 2nd, 2003 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read "Into the Wild", also by Krakauer, and really enjoyed it.
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