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Why I like longish road trips…

June 5, 2005

Because if I’m not driving and the road isn’t too rough, I can READ!!!!

Yup, we did a family road trip to Canton, to the huge flea markets there and in 90plus heat with tremendous humidity — oh, please let it rain — and not a breeze to be felt! Nothing particular to buy, but trying to hit it one time before the HEAT of summer. At least it wasn’t crowded, everyone else stayed home in the coolness.

Had two books with me, well, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to read too much — an ARC of a NY Times bestseller-to-be and the new QuickBooks manual. Guess which one was more interesting? They were both filled with confusion, backtracking and obstruction, but at least I’ll get something out of the QB and it allows me to have a decent conversation with others. The ARC on the other hand, was painful to read and I’ll have to temper my opinion until it comes out this summer. ::sigh::

The author is obviously trying a new style of writing and geez was it painful! It showed all the plot holes, lack of research (or quality research) and a fundamental lack of understanding of our political reality. Yes, yes, the author is god and creates their own universe, but give me a break, it must have some basis in reality if it’s expected to be a contemporary political thriller, or suspense, or whatever. At least get the chain of command correct! Is that asking TOO much?

Lex, what shall I eat next?On the other hand, the QB manual kept referring to online help, which since I wasn’t hooked up to the computer didn’t really help much in my understanding of certain processes. Plus the ominous WARNINGS were enough to make me think twice about doing the install in a hurry. I’m going to need a glass or two of merlot for this operation.

As for Canton, we saw some lovely puppies, some sad ones and I’m just grateful to come home to air conditioning and my faithful, but-my-aren’t-daddy’s-slippers-good-to-eat year-old dog. Sweet Lex. The funnel cake was good, too.

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