Question of the Day

We haven’t done one of these in a long time.

Are you traveling anywhere soon? Mrs. C and I usually book things at the last moment and we just got back from NYC two weeks ago so at the moment there’s no travel plans, at least not until July. But I would love to live vicariously through your plans.

Question of the Night

Read anything good lately?

I still have been using GoodReads to keep track of the books I’ve been reading. I think the best feature of it which I seem to use the most is keeping track of books I want to read. I’m making a conscientious effort to get that list down this year (I think it’s almost below 60 at the moment)before adding anything more to it. Some of the books have been on that list for a few years now. I’ve read 18 books so far, most of which aren’t worth mentioning, but I’ll list the few that have blown me away so far.

Crawlspace by Herbert Lieberman. I went into this book thinking it would just be a cheap horror novel (I’m not even sure how it ended up on my To Read list) and it ended up being fantastic and completely not what I expected. It’s definitely bizarre and may not be to everybody’s liking but I found it very original and kept me guessing.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X. A book I have always had on my To Read list but one I just haven’t gotten around to reading. Definitely a must read and Alex Haley does an amazing job creating a narrative from his interviews with Malcolm X. I ended up not agreeing with a lot of Malcolm X’s beliefs, but could certainly see how he arrived to them given the time period.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. A fictionalized telling of a German maritime disaster at the end of World War 2 told through the vantage point of four separate characters. Extraordinary writing, fascinating characters and it ends much too quickly.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. This one is a bit of a cheat since I haven’t finished it yet. I’m about 60% done. Having said that, even if the rest of the novel is just the word “cockspackle” written over and over again for 140 pages, I’ll still put it in the list of best books I have read so far this year. It’s a book I started reading and didn’t think I would be in the mood for. How many more books about 1960s nostalgia can be written? But this one has characters that you want to spend some time with. Wonderful writing, a plot that keeps you guessing, and characters with depth. Yes please.

Question of the Day

Sick and avoiding as many news outlets as I can because any Trump news at the moment just makes me want to bash my head against a wall and that’s probably not the best cold remedy.

So instead I’m binge-watching Friends on Netflix. I remember seeing the first few seasons back when they came out and haven’t watched an episode since. Having 90s flashbacks watching them now, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But my question is, am I the only one who thinks Ross is just an awful human being?

So he pines after Rachel since high-school, they finally start dating and he becomes controlling and his jealousy leads her to needing some space at which point he immediately sleeps with someone else, refuses to take responsibility and ends up marrying some other woman but at the alter he says he takes thee Rachel to be his wife.

Actually, the right answer to this question is, yes, I’ve taken too much Nyquil.

Question of the Day

Which kitchen appliance (besides, the usual, fridge/oven/microwave) do you use a lot?

Besides my toaster and drip coffeemaker which are everyday things for me, I use my panini press just about whenever I make a sandwich. And the Delonghi pump espresso maker comes in handy for an afternoon espresso/mocha in the afternoon or when there’s a blizzard raging outside the house. Like right now.

Question of the Day

Another report about how Trump is looking to boot Spicer:

The Trump administration got off to a busy start following the president’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017 and it is reportedly seeking a new communications director to “lighten the load” of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, according to sources who spoke with CNN.

Sources told CNN the president is not thrilled with Spicer’s performance over the last few weeks. (Perhaps President Trump is more upset that Spicer was portrayed by a woman on SNL last week.)

How long do you think he has? Leave your estimate in the comments. I’ll say he’s gone by March 2nd.

Question of the Day

What are your fears about the incoming Trump Administration?

I’m fearful right now on so many levels. I’m afraid that he, along with the GOP led House and Senate, will cut all of the social safety nets that so many people rely upon when they lose their jobs or fall upon hard times. This is also including health insurance, welfare programs, Planned Parenthood, etc. I’m afraid that Trump’s nominations to various secretary positions are exceedingly unqualified and downright incompetent to head their departments which they will either end up gutting or leaving us in a vulnerable state when or if catastrophe strikes. I’m afraid about how the LGBT community will be treated after historic gains in the Obama Administration. I’m afraid about the treatment of immigrants, no matter what their path was to this country, and civil rights in general. I’m afraid of what Trump’s reaction will be to a terrorist attack, either domestic or abroad. (He can’t handle criticism from a satire show, how do you think he will handle a terror attack on Trump Towers in Istanbul?) I’m afraid that with Trump, even nukes wouldn’t be off the table.

I can come up with more but this is right off the top of my head.