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When I was done in Florida the first time, yes,I'm going back next month with my parents this time around, I was introduced to an online radio station out of California that played some interesting stuff. Currently, they just played "Monkey Man" which is probably one of the Rolling Stones' worst songs but then, crap from them is better than the best from other so-called artists so it's all good.

Speaking of music, I decided to spend some of my new found spending money at Best Buy and bought Eric Clapton's new CD Back Home and Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway albums as well as the second season of Superfriends. I have not listened to the Clapton album yet but I listened to Breakaway during lunch. Remember I said I was liking the album but was reluctant to buy it because of my high musical standards? (She co-wrote only half the songs.) I think I said that after her third single was released. Two singles later, I say to myself, "I really like half the album now so I might as well suck it up and buy it." By the way, the rest of the album is really good too. Don't tell anyone...

I finished the fourth book in the Narnia series: The Silver Chair this week. Best story in the series since Wardrobe. I'm not sure why it was titled such since the object is only briefly featured but I'm also at a lost to think of a better title except maybe The Lost Prince which I think has been used many times, Eustace's Return, or my favorite: A New Day, A New Witch. Twenty years or so ago when the BBC did a dramatization of this book and Tom Baker (Where's my Monarch of the Glen? Damn pledge drives...) was cast as Puddlegum. Reading the book, you realize it was dead-on casting. Who will they get now?

Oh, this may amuse some of you who know my line of work: I finally got around to getting a library card this week. I figured I'll probably end up living here for awhile and it is free anyway. My reluctance? Well, I was living on one college campus after another for awhile there and their science fiction section still sucks even after I did a collection development manual for them. (Some of my other suggestions were implemented incidentally.)


Anonymous said…
don't you pay rent or anything else? how do you manage without a job & still have cash for cds.
Likestrek said…
Actually, that is one of the advantages of living with the parents. No rent and don't have to pay for food...

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