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Wednesday, 11 August, 2004

Having taken an unplanned one month hiatus from the blog, let's see if I can remember how to do this. Ah yes, think of something, type it out and upload it. How simple.

I meant to write while on vacation during the last two weeks in July. We discovered, however, that the condo in Longport does not have the phone line connected. Gary's laptop can use his cell phone to connect (pretty cool actually) but we couldn't get it working on mine. Besides, I spent the whole first week working on that proposal for our client. Eh . . . at least I didn't have to cancel my trip and got to spend some time outdoors each day.

Having made our presentation during the first week of August, I figured we were pretty safe for the rest of the month, so scheduled to take the week of August 30th off, since I spent a week of my earlier vacation on the phone or computer. Surprise!! They want us to come BACK and give another presentation, ". . . before the end of August." I'm hoping that it's the week before.

[I'm tired.]

I did get quite a bit of reading done. Still slogging through "War and Peace" on the Clie. We're going back and forth between the war against Napolean and the society page lifestyles back in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I'm roughly a third of the way through. Anyone out there finish it? Is it worth it?

I'm up to Book Six (out of eight) in Dorothy Dunnett's "Niccolo" series - historical fiction about a Flemish merchant in the 15th century. I read her "Lymond" chronicles a while ago and am now invested in this one. I bought the books through various used book sellers - saved considerable money over buying them new. A slight problem has developed, though: Book Six never turned up. I have the first five and the last two, and found out today that the seller shipped my book to St. Joseph, MO last month. Nice. I'm waiting to hear their plan of action. In the meantime, I will probably go out and buy it new, since I'm dying to know what happens next.

[Or skip to the last two books and try to figure out what happened.]

Watching with interest the two tropical storms, Bonnie and Charley, churning out in the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico. I guess Florida is going to catch it coming and going over the next couple of days. Hoping that neither one decides to moisturize the Jersey shore this weekend.

[It's a shame that the "C" name this year wasn't Clyde.]

Quote du jour:

"Their teacher had advised them not to read Tolstoy novels, because they were very long and would easily confuse the clear ideas which they had learned from reading critical studies of him."

-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918 - ____)
Russian novelist

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