Archive for December, 2008

Cold Feet

Mr. Farmer asked me last night why my hands and feet are always so cold.

I told him I have a reptile dysfunction.

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An interesting week

My frequent flier account overfloweth this week.

I had meetings near Toronto on Wednesday, near Baltimore on Thursday and near Des Moines on Friday. So I took the opportunity to visit Curly Girl, who’s been living in Toronto with her family since early this summer.

Toronto is a really nice city. It’s funny though how you would assume that Canada is pretty similar to the U.S.  But occassionally you get a cue that makes you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. First, the kilometer thing. I found myself constantly converting my speed and the distance on the road signs to miles so I could figure out how far I had left to go. Then the money. It reminds me of Monopoly.

Because my time there was so short, I didn’t have much chance to see the city. At least I had a car, so I got to see the main parts of downtown as I was going to and from her apartment.

Besides our lovely visit, I had a lot of opportunity to read this week. I picked up two books in the airport on my first leg of the trip: The Tales of Beetle the Bard, and The Bible. (No, not the Bible itself — a biography of it.)

The first one is a spin-off of the Harry Potter series — mentioned in the books as one of the texts that the characters study at Hogwarts Academy. Of course it was translated by Hermoine (the overachiever girl in the book), with commentary by Dumbledore (the headmaster). J. K. Rowling gave the book to a charity, who sold it to Scholastic. It’s a shortie — just four fables. It was mildly interesting and gave a bit of insight on some of the happenings in the series. I’d recommend waiting for it in paperback.

The other book  — “The Bible” — is in the “books that changed the world” series, written by Karen Armstrong. She wrote a book called “A History of God”, which I read a couple years ago. Fascinating. She’s a nun-turned-historian who seems to be most interested in the historical aspects of Christianity, Islam and Judiasm — especially how they have influenced each other. These two books will definitely influence your thinking.

Take a read over the holidays and then e-mail me your thoughts.

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Writer’s Block

This is ridiculous. I’ve been sitting here for 45 minutes, and I’ve started (and erased) at least three posts. I’ve gotten so out of the habit of writing that I can’t even seem to start.

So, I’ll focus on my train ride to Mr. Farmer’s house on Friday night. I finally finished “I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You”, which was given to me last January by Ann and Andrea when they came to visit. The author was formerly in the extension agent realm in Kansas, and she’s been so successful with her Gallagher Girls series of young adult books that she’s become a full-time writer. Interestingly, the same weekend the girls were visiting me, my parents were at a conference where the author spoke. And they independently told me about her. Coincidence?

I have to say, I really enjoyed the book. Think Harry Potter meets Alias. And I even shed a tear on the train. (Keep in mind that I also cried watching Wedding Crashers.)

Not to give too much away, but the heroine falls for a boy in the local town where the “boarding school for spies” resides and has to give him an alias so she doesn’t break her cover. Her doppleganger’s birthday is the same as mine. I think it’s a sign.

It’s a fact that people in my family have suggested that I work for the CIA because I travel so much…but I’ll never tell.

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