December 21st, 2015

Macbeth the Usurper

Christmas #1 Done

We've finished Christmas #1. The marathon began Saturday afternoon with Christmas pageant rehearsal. That lasted the afternoon, then we went off to the Christmas Carol potluck over at the Morlands' house. Eat. Drink. Sing carols.

The next morning, we were off to church to perform the Christmas pageant. After the pageant, we all piled into the car and drove to Westminister to celebrate my family's Christmas, which we always celebrate early. This year, my oldest sister brought her new boyfriend and his daughter, so we all made sure to pitch in for an extra round of presents. The new girl got no lack of attention, getting just as many presents as my daughter. Meanwhile, my great nephew (yes, I have one of those) loved playing with the wooden trains and now adores dinosaurs.

The evening ended with a bam. DesignGirl fell off the treadmill in the basement, banging her knees something fierce. We had been prepped to go to another pot luck, but she wasn't up for it, so we called it a night early and went home.

When we were almost home, Daffy Duck came around on my MP3 players, so we listened to "More More More" about five times in a row. It's classic Mel Blanc, so it's as funny as you might think it is (unless you really don't like Daffy Duck).
Macbeth the Usurper

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish (Book Review)

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) was the fourth book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. In this book, Arthur returns to the earth to find it mysteriously reappeared, only to meet the an enchanting girl over and over again through improbable circumstances.

If you've been reading this series, you will discover that this is the best written manuscript to date. This tale is more of a romantic comedy than a space adventure, where a little human happiness and love are the central part of our story. Also, there's the mystery of why the Earth shows up again, but once the romantic comedy starts, you don't care. You just accept that the Earth is back and Arthur gets to see the world in it's inexplicable ordinariness.

Here is the book where Douglas Adams' genius really takes off and stays up.

The girl in question is mentioned in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as that girl that finally figured out what was wrong and how to solve everything. This isn't a spoiler as you learn that much in the first three pages.

On the whole, the pacing is relaxed but not slothy, exciting without anxiety, humorous as real life, and as lively as humor. I think it's as solid a ramble as you're ever likely to find. The main difference between this book and a real romantic comedy is that this book is far more believable.