Aside from Pynchon and Pratchett, I'm not interested in fiction (unless it's something twelve year old is reading). I might pick up military history (or other history) if it looked good. I'm no longer interested in computer books, or computer parts and accessories. I might pick up a wargame, if it was good. I'm not likely to see a very modestly priced reliable UJM. Shoes or boots that fit are a once in a decade find, and this decade is covered. I even passed up Lego.
I would pick up a Krugman book, so far I like both Krugman books I've read. The latest is Conscience of a Liberal, in which he postulates a vast right wing conspiracy (movement conservatism) hijacked the Republican party to lower high end income taxes, estate taxes and decrease business regulation. He makes the case that the Great compression, when America experienced broad prosperity from the late 1940s to the early 1970's, was due to much higher income taxes at the top levels, higher estate taxes and higher corporate taxes. Since the movement conservatives took power, average income has increased, but median income has stagnated. He makes some startling points, saying southern white racism is why the US, unlike nearly every other western country, does not have universal health care. He does think the conservatives time is ending, they used intolerance and white racism to gain power, and that's becoming an increasingly marginal strategy. Great reading, and worthy of chewing on.
We did make it to the school talent show on Sunday. It was cute, though I suppose some acts could have had a few minutes trimmed off them.
I survived eight hours of landscaping, trash picking and fence building and barely feel sore today, there's always that to fall back on. Our corp was asking for volunteers for a United Way thing, and our team ended up working in my old neighborhood, working on a community garden and small park.
MC Lars tonight, for free, at the Lilac Fest. I'd like to go, but twelve year old has the mother-daughter book club at the same time, and seven year old would probably prefer to watch TV.
It should be a busy weekend, Saturday morning there's either swimming or the Lilac Parade, then we're going to Buffalo for my sister's third college graduation, and we'll also squeeze in a visit to the lock down ward, and then there's Mother's Day on Sunday.
Update [2009-5-9 1:29:41 by georgeha]: After dinner, twelve year old and Mrs. Ha went to a mother-daughter book club, so I hooked up the Hitchhiker and seven year old and I went to the Lilac Festival. I was able to hear a few MC Lars songs, the metric system one, one other, and as we were heading home, Space Game. MNS needs a better agent.
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