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Attributes of a TimeChaser: Witty, sarcastic, opinionated, loyal, sometimes spaztacularifically geeky.

Chasing Time for: 33 years

Nicknames, Aliases, Pseudonyms and Nom de plumes: TC, Toki, Times, Chase, Timey Boy, Old Man

Interests: Music, Scifi/Fantasy, Anime, Science, History

Major Fandoms: Doctor Who, MythBusters, Top Gear

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So now I have to always look in a book before I buy it?

Otherwise I'll get a book that starts on Page 27. Yep, apparently one of the books I bought today is missing all the copyright and title stuff, and most of the first three chapters. So I'll have to take it back tomorrow. I didn't see another copy though, so it'll have to go on order. Good thing its the second book of the series, I can read book 1 while I wait.

In other book news, the new used book shop I donated a lot of my excess books to has gone out of business. I don't think used book shops can survive around here anymore, since they've all closed. People just don't go to them anymore, they order online or they've gone electronic. I have to wonder if any of my donated books sold, and what's happened to their stock since they've shut down.

Meanwhile, I finally had to start renting my own locker at the storage place we've been using forever. We're expecting a greater confluence of relatives being here at Christmas, so we want to clear out the room at grandma's house I've been using for storage. And because our two existing lockers are full, I had to get one of my own.


I'm updating the post rather than replying directly, since this reply can be directed at all three comments so far.

The book wasn't actually damaged. Nothing is ripped out. For some reason, this book just got bound improperly starting at Page 27. Go figure how that happened.

A Good Thanksgiving

I've had some problems with my lungs again in the last few days, but today managed to be pretty good. Monica is visiting, although she had to bring all twelve of her dogs (Pond didn't understand why she couldn't go over to grandma's house today). We had a big meal, with turkey, cornbread, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, green beans, green salad, fruit salad, crescent rolls, and pumpkin pie. And BBC America has been playing an all-day Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon.

All-in-all, quite a good day.

Tweet Me Sometime

Just signed up on Twitter tonight. If you want to follow me, you can find me under @Timey_Boy.



50 Books Challenge

A personal challenge to read at least 50 books by the end of 2012.

1) Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
2) The Day the Universe Changed by James Burke
3) The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
4) Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
5) The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
6) Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
7) Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Captain's Honor by David and Daniel Dvorkin
8) Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Valiant by Michael Jan Friedman
9) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Exiles by Howard Weinstein
10) Star Trek - The Captain's Daughter by Peter David

*Here's a question I've been pondering. If I decide to read a compilation book - a single volume composed of several books previously published separately - should I count the entire thing as one, or each individual book?

Mechanical Failures

My parents are out of town this weekend at a church camp retreat thing. So of course, that's when shit happens.

Around 9:30 last night, I got a call from grandma that she heard a loud bang and then saw someone walking around her house. I saw people outside but it was too dark to tell who they were. One comes and knocks on my door - turns out it's just a couple of our neighbors who heard the noise and were investigating. I go out and take a look for myself, and find that the noise came from the brand new pool heater system. It's just making a loud buzzing now and there's a smell of oil inside it. We ended up having to pull the breaker to turn it off.

And that wasn't the end of things. When I went over today, I discovered that the water level in the pool had dropped about a foot and a half, so I switched off the pump. I'm not sure if the two problems are related, but it's a safe bet since one came right after the other.