We also visited Mrs. Ha's sister in the exurbs to the west, where I had a chance to sit and talk. My brother-in-law is big on hostas, he likes low maintenace ground cover. His window business is doing okay in this economy, the tax credits are helping people replace old windows. I didn't ask him if he voted for Obama, he's in the evangelical camp but he did express concern over cap and trade. That's about as political as we get.
Their neighbors are raising pigs, chickens and ducks, seven year old got a kick out of hog calling. I sent a pick of the pig to twelve year old I wonder what I'll get charged.
It wasn't all fun, I did an hour or two of bodywork on the minivan. There's a good sized rusted out chunk on the bottom, and I bought some 22 gauge steel to replace it. I'd be happy to see the minivan last another 3-4 years. I'll do my best, and then slap one some rubber/vinyl protection, as I just don't have the personality for great looking body work. Somewhere around the third sand, wetsand, brush on thin layer of glazing, and prime iteration I lose interest.
Twelve year old had a great time, didn't finish her homework, and even taught newspaper_girl and a brother to play Catan. She wants us to rent out their Lake cottage. Maybe next year.
A couple of books to review, first up was a Goodwill find, Montserrat's The Cruel Sea, a novel of life onboard a corvette and frigate out of Britain escorting convoys in World War II. The convoy work had some Hellish moments, it's not good to swim in oil covered ocean but it beats going down with a torpedoed ship. Most of the characters were British sailors, though there were a few Aussies, a foxy WREN, and some token Germans and Americans. I liked it, you ended up caring for some of the characters.
The other book was Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, yeah, it was big years ago. The major thesis is that Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland in time to save lots of Roman and Greek literature while the Roman Empire fell, and then brought literacy back to Europe. The more interesting minor thesis is that Irish Christianity was earthy, sensual and cool, and not hung up on sex, but those dastardly Vikings and perfidious Englishmen ruined it all, and we're stuck with uptight Irish Catholics (because they wanted to impress their uptight English overlords).
The weekend looks busy, again. We're going to Buffalo on Saturday to attend a niece's dance dress reherseal, then off to a friend of mine's on Sunday.
I kegged my ale. Since I never racked it off, the dregs were thick and yeasty so I only had a sip, but it was bitter. I hope it's good enough to bring on Saturday and Sunday.
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