A Little News

December 3, 2010

… nothing special, really.

Did a 400 km trip last Saturday in order to attend my uncle’s 90th b’day celebration (BJ’s dad) and it was great to see him so happy and looking especially healthy that day. The drive down was a bit wicked through a mix of rain, sleet and a little snow; took 2 1/2 hours. The drive home was somewhat better tho still wet and took just 2 hours. Mom kept telling me I didn’t need to be doing 130 to 140 kph but no harm, no foul.

BJ & I

I can’t recall how long it is since BJ and I got together – must be 2 to 3 years now – and she must have one of those Dorian Gray portraits in her closet. She doesn’t change!! BJ was kind enough to supply me with a big bag of books to keep me going through the work nights ahead, including a couple I’ve been looking forward to laying hands on.

We had our first ‘stay-on-the-ground’ snow the other day and it is just about gone again now. PTL!! I’m hoping we don’t get any amount that sticks until Xmas.

Back pain update – much better now & thanks for askin’. I’ll try not to do anything stupid enough to aggravate it again.

I know I’ve posted a couple of similar pics in the past but I found myself in similar circumstance – stuck in the car waiting for the rain to let up – and I sorta like these two.


pox upon hand

Anyway – you never know what you’re going to get here, do ya?

Books – Gave up reading the Dalai Lama’s book; it read like a textbook… which is actually what it is for those studying Buddhism. I found it a tough slog because I really don’t know the basics.

Grinding away at Hunter S Thompson’s Gonzo Letters II – I’ll be reading in small doses. I don’t find most of it that interesting anymore….. and it’s a l-o-n-g book.

Had Nic Sheff’s book on reserve at the library and picked it up today – ‘Tweak’. Ah, life on methamphetamines. Should be a ‘speedy’ read. (Groaner)

Music – from library…

Jeff Beck’s new release ‘Emotion and Commotion’.

Lucinda Williams ‘West’.

Cassandra Wilson ‘Thunderbird’.

Leonard Cohen ‘Live in London’.

That’s it; that’s all…. gotta go have a nap before work tonight. It’ll be a busy weekend with 36 hours to do between tonight and Monday morning. Wish me luck.


  1. Norm they are two very cool photos
    i enjoy seeing the abstract contemplative moments that capture your attention

  2. Thanks Kel – and yes, thanks also to Christine. 😉

  3. Ooohh… Cassandra Wilson and Leonard Cohen. Great picks.

    You’re looking good, Norm. 🙂

    They are all good pics but I particularly like “pox upon hand.” The watery quality to it is amazing. And, like Kel, I enjoy seeing what captures your attention.

    I ought to ship you some of my books. I know you don’t have a lot of time to make the blog rounds but if you ever see anything in my book list that interests you, let me know. I’d be glad to send it to you.

  4. Hiya Robin – Looks like ‘thanks’ on 4 counts there. Yeah, love Leonard and especially that production. Hadn’t heard much of Cassandra’s work and getting my ears around it. Jeff Beck latest has knocked me flat, it’s so GOOD!!! Glad you like the shots cuz I thought they turned out pretty well even tho they are done with my cell phone. Thanks especially for your kind & generous offer re the books. Who knows?? I might just tke you up on that one day. Or you and I (& M) might get in a face-to-face meeting one day!?!?! Must take some time one day to check your list…. soon.

  5. I wouldn’t rush over to look at the list, Norm. Now that I think about it, I read a lot of junk. lol!

    I know you read mostly non-fiction but one of the best books I read this year is “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.” It’s not a happy story, though.

  6. lol, yerself. I’ll have a look soon anyway. Funny – BJ had mentioned that book in one of her reading lists and it happened to be in a bunch that my mom had. It was one that got me going on this reading jag back in the spring. I thought it was great! Just looking at the flyleaf and it was his first novel – must check and see if he’s written any more since. I’m about half way through ‘the Book of Negroes’ by Lawrence Hill and it’s very good.

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