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Old 02-05-2013, 08:13 PM   #22096
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Reality TV.......
American Idol, Survivor, The Real World, Americas next top model, Dancing with the stars, The Amazing Race, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, The Kardashians, The Apprentice, Fear Factor, So you think you can dance, Dirty Jobs, The Biggest loser, Americas got talent, Britains got talent, X Factor, The Voice, Trading Spaces, Undercover boss, etc etc etc
I could go on & on but I have to go load my 12 gauge so I can blast the TV into oblivion
People watch these, but then go out and spend billions of dollars every year on tranquilizer drugs, anti-depressant drugs, etc., drugs that remove all trace of reality from their lives... Go figure!

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amen to that! I figure the reason they have fans is because so many people have never actually had a life
"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation ...." (Henry David Thoreau) There but for fortune...


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Old 02-05-2013, 11:04 PM   #22097
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"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation ...." (Henry David Thoreau) There but for fortune...


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no stitchy, people like thee and me are kind of like the folks that they say "greatness seeks them out" for us I think the adventure is in the DNA, it's not even like we go searching for it, it's as normal as drawing breath
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:36 AM   #22098
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Reality show is a misnomer, none of these shows are anything like real life. Plus the fact that they are heavily edited to make a "better" show. Never watch any of them except when I stay with my sister which always reinforces my opinion of them. Give me a good story or I'll read a book.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:01 AM   #22099
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no stitchy, people like thee and me are kind of like the folks that they say "greatness seeks them out" for us I think the adventure is in the DNA, it's not even like we go searching for it, it's as normal as drawing breath
True... true... If I had to make my living in some sort of hell with fluorescent lighting, I'd probably slit my wrists. There is an old Chinese 'curse' that says 'May you live in quiet times.' Curse... not blessing. When I was going on my last trip a few weeks ago, someone wished me an 'boring flight.' I understood the sentiment, and appreciated it for how it was meant... but I would have much preferred a flight with an engine falling off or hijackers. Much more interesting.

Some years ago we were diving the waters off the island of Sipadan off the east coast of Borneo for a week. Some of the world's best diving there. Less than six days after we left, Abu Sayyaf guerrillas occupied the island and took 21 hostages from the dive resort, holding them for months. (The two American divers refused to cooperate with the guerrillas and escaped into the jungle.) From that day on, because of the incident, my wife and I each carry a 'hostage kit' packed into a waterproof cigarette box 24/7 when ever we are in 'less than friendly waters.' (antibiotics, anti-dysentery, pain meds, US dollars, and electrolyte powder.) We have not stopped traveling in those areas.


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Old 02-06-2013, 01:59 PM   #22100
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Reality show is a misnomer, none of these shows are anything like real life. Plus the fact that they are heavily edited to make a "better" show. Never watch any of them except when I stay with my sister which always reinforces my opinion of them. Give me a good story or I'll read a book.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:35 PM   #22101
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Allright; snow again. The municipality didn't clear/put salt on the bicycle-paths, so I had to walk to the Archives (to go bookbinding, which I love), with my bike on my hand, through the snow/mud for over half an hour at 8 o'clock in the morning.
Tomorrow again at 8. ***^^***
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:54 PM   #22102
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Allright; snow again. The municipality didn't clear/put salt on the bicycle-paths, so I had to walk to the Archives (to go bookbinding, which I love), with my bike on my hand, through the snow/mud for over half an hour at 8 o'clock in the morning.
Tomorrow again at 8. ***^^***
I know what you mean. Luckily I only have to go down the stairs to go to work. Usually the council workers don't grit our bit of street because it's a dead end and they don't like reversing back out. Likewise, they hardly ever drive the sweeper into our street to clean. This morning or some time during the night they did grit our street and we were pleasantly surprised. However, around 10.30 am the sweeper drove into our street and swept up all the salt!
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:34 AM   #22103
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I'm in the mood to start a new book series. However, I'm already reading six or seven series at the moment so I'm not allowed to start a new one until I've finished one that I'm working on. The problem is that all the series I'm currently reading still have 5+ books to go before I either finish the series or am up to date with a series. I have to remember that the next couple of series I start should be short ones so I don't get stuck again.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:02 AM   #22104
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I have to remember that the next couple of series I start should be short ones so I don't get stuck again.
How about Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife series. An excellent Fantasy/Romance series of four books.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:24 AM   #22105
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Or the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. That's only three books. Right? I mean "trilogy" means three, doesn't it?
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Or the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. That's only three books. Right? I mean "trilogy" means three, doesn't it?
... unless it's Clavell's 'Asian Trilogy,' which is four books.


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How about Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife series. An excellent Fantasy/Romance series of four books.
I'll check it out, I've several shorter series on my want to read list but this sounds interesting, too.

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Or the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. That's only three books. Right? I mean "trilogy" means three, doesn't it?
Didn't Douglas Adams say he wanted to write a trilogy of 6 books? I've read them all, but I have Dirk Gently on my tbr list.

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... unless it's Clavell's 'Asian Trilogy,' which is four books.
I'm working on the Asian Trilogy, but for me those are books I need to be in de mood for and last year I've had a bit of an overdose of historical novels so for now I'm staying away from that genre.

Tomorrow I'll make a spreadsheet which lists all the series I want to read listing not only the genre but also the number of books in the series, hopefully that make choosing easier.
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Didn't Douglas Adams say he wanted to write a trilogy of 6 books? I've read them all, but I have Dirk Gently on my tbr list.
Yes, of course. I was my idea of a joke (hence the "wink").

The Dirk Gently books are very good, too.
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