Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Church of Saints Barnes & Noble

Fiction is not where I hang out, even if (as a mariner) I am attracted to the idea of a green light at the end of Daisy's dock. That is almost all I remember from the book.

But history, railroads, broadcasting, maritime: toss it at me. When I was in grammar school, I read the entire "Landmark" series of American history, along with anything I could get from the town library. Generally, I went through a book each day while there and the librarians told me I was no longer restricted to the "Junior" section and could roam the Adult section and check out any book I wanted. I would not know this phrase until much later, but it was like having a credit card in a whorehouse.

My bathroom reading, at the moment, is "Great American Eccentrics." Good, quick reading. Next one will probably be "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pirates," if I don't assign it to some other part of my day. I might take it on my upcoming cruise and leave it in the ship's library for others to enjoy. Arrrrrrrr!

I left the paperback edition of "Plain Speaking," Harry Truman's oral biography in print (a wonderful book, by the way) at my mother's house and would read it in the bathroom. All the pages were now loose from being read so often and I could just lay it on the bathtub's rim. Must have read it four or five times over and I think I have a better copy here for further perusal.

"The Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved," by Larry Kusche will have you shouting "Bunk! Bunk!" at your tv screen when all those Triangle shows come on. A thoroughly researched and highly readable book about the occurrences, such as they were (and, in many cases, were not).

"The Last Log of the Titanic," by David Brown, gives a moment-by-moment explanation of most likely happened on the ship, taken from the original testimony. Darn, people overlooked so many clues and this fellow managed to put them in context. No, the ship did NOT hit an iceberg and nobody ever said it did; that's on page 97.


Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

If that book you left on the edge of the bath tubis/was so ruffled and used, could one derive from this that you went to your Mom's to use the bathroom?

''Hi Mom, I'm home, what time is supper? I'll be in the bathroom.""

Notre-Dame-de-Barnes-et-Noble........quite a church! We can be instructed there, take our repast at the Starbuck's burnt coffee counter, sleep during the sermons and no one passes the collection basket. (However we do pay the church bulletins on the way out).........

July 19, 2006 8:22 AM  
Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

In my case bathrooms and telephone booths are the same, you do what you do and you leave.

I have a bro-in-law who has a TV with a remote in his chambre de bain, a magazine rack, and a dish for his coffee cup.

In my pickup there is a bio of Charles Goodnight, famed cattleman of Texas, in our camper ( the Rolling Condo) there is a book on how the soldiers who served inthe Civil War lived and fared, my bedside table is presently occupied by digital Cameras for Dummies, my Condo-in-the-Cellar has a collection of stories by Patrick McManus, writer for a sports a farfelous magazine and in my computer den is an assorted collection of selected texts and books on digitals, computers and a dctionary.

Come to think of it I haven't been to the bathroom in seven months!

July 19, 2006 6:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Come to think of it I haven't been to the bathroom in seven months!

Wow! One good fart and you could set up a fertilizer stand in your front yard.

July 19, 2006 6:38 PM  
Blogger Cold Josh Vail said...

Now that is an option that had not crossed my mind!

July 20, 2006 6:01 AM  
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