Archive for November, 2008

More Bike Teases

My wheels arrived today!  They look very cool, and they are lighter than I expected them to be.  I can’t wait now for the rest of the parts to arrive so I can build it all up and ride.  Although they were supposed to be a closeout of the ’08 wheels, the model that actually arrived was the ’09 set.  Team sponsorships are a good thing–because the deal was so awesome on these wheels, my new frame is essentially free (that link, by the way, is for the whole bike, but I’m getting just the frameset and building it up with my own component choice).

I also ordered this today–the team edition 705 bundle.  I’m going to have so much fun with it.

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Just What I Needed

I’ll probably write more about the Blogger meeting in NYC, but first I need to tell you about my books.  We met at the Hungarian Pastry Shop before heading downtown to The Strand.  If you haven’t been to The Strand, well, I’m terribly sorry for you.  It is a huge bookstore (18 miles of books) with lots of old books, new review copies at half price, and other deeply discounted books.  After a late lunch, we headed even farther downtown to the Mysterious Bookshop, one of the best mystery bookstores around.

Here is what I dragged home;

  • James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years, by Wayne Franklin.  This book was only half price, so I had to grab it.  I’d been looking for it for the past several months because it really is a crucial book for someone in my position.  Plus, I’ve met Franklin at some Cooper gatherings.
  • The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman.  I read the first couple of chapters on the train home, and it is a fascinating book.  The book speculates, using scientific analysis and a lot of imagination, what the earth would look like if humans suddenly disappeared.
  • The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, by E. O. Wilson.  I remember wanting this when it came out a couple of years ago, and since the hardcover was only six bucks, I grabbed it.  It is a plea for the earth’s biodiversity and environment meant to cut across the cultural boundaries that needlessly, foolishly make some people think they cannot be environmentally conscious.  I might use this in my freshman honors seminar next year.
  • The Last Man, by Mary Shelley.  I am embarrassed to admit that I did not know anything about this book.  It appears to be a future dystopia, one of my favorite genres, so I had to buy it.
  • Notre-Dame de Paris, by Victor Hugo.  I’ve been planning to get this book for a long time, and a bargain-priced Oxford convinced me.
  • Resurrection Men, by Ian Rankin.  I’ve been reading Rankin lately, and I like him a lot.  This DI Rebus mystery comes right after The Falls, which I read for my mystery book club.
  • The Maltese Manuscript, by Joanne Dobson.  I took several classes from Joanne, and I have the first four books in the series (in hardcover, autographed), so I had to get this one to complete my set.

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Buy This Book

Go here and buy three or four copies.

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Another Tease

Here are the wheels I just ordered.


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A Tease

I have ordered my new bike…

That’s all I’m saying for now.

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A Good Day

Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures

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Doing My Civic Duty

The lines at the polls in my part of Connecticut were not bad at all at 7:30 in the morning.  My total time, including waiting in line, filling in the bubbles on the ballot, and slipping the ballot into the electronic reader was about fifteen minutes.

There was also a very positive, almost jovial air at the polling center.  Nearly everyone was smiling and seemed to be in a good mood.  The guy behind me in line, a stocky fireplug with a Harley Davidson sweatshirt, kept grinning and joked about not waiting in a line this ling unless there was food at the other end.  I laughed and said they should at least have doughnuts for us.  He agreed and got a faraway, dreamy look on his face that clearly said, “Mmmm…doughnuts…”

My town is a generally peaceful, good-natured sort of place, so maybe the atmosphere at the polls was just the quiet New England way.  Or perhaps the line held a lot of Obama supporters, happy that they were casting their votes in one of the bluest states in the country.  Or perhaps everyone was in a good mood because of the weather: it was chilly but it is supposed to get up to the low 60s later today.

Now I’m going to celebrate my civic-mindedness by going for a long bike ride.

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