It was also a mellow Saturday, since twelve year old and bff were off to the last Girl Scout camping until the fall. I picked them up Sunday (and got to see the GPS show our van as dot on a featureless green plain) and took them for bagel's, since they didn't get enough to eat Sunday morning. They didn't like my suggesting of catching a squirrel and eating it.
Sunday was even better, with the girls spending time with my parents. We did the Goodwill thing, grocery shopping, and even biked to a garage sale, and then some garbage picking (they had a moving sale the day before, and left a pile on their front lawn. Mrs. Ha got a book, I got a USB webcam, and newspaper_dad drove by).
In a third bit of rodent news, we have a bunny living under our porch, who likes to scamper under the porch or into Mrs. Ha's garden when startled. Neither girl wants to me to name it Hassenpfeffer. I guess we'll call it Bunny McNuggets.
A few weeks ago I saw a Handspring Visor at a garage sale, for $1! I wavered, but picked it up, having many fond memories of my Palm IIIs. It's back to old PalmOS 3 diversions.
In media reviews I'll start with an incomplete reading of Krugman's The Great Unraveling, a collection of his New York Times columns. While I like Krugman as an author, his columns don't do much for me. Yes, I get it, Bush's economic policies are bad, but you need a chapter to explain why. Just a few paragraphs doesn't do it.
In the next review, I finished Halberstam's The Coldest Winter. I liked it. It dealt not just with the fighting, but the political background. It would be easy to take it as a book about how naive and shrotsighted the Republicans are on international security and the Communist menace, it's even easier to read it as a book about the fall of MacArthur, who comes across as an out of touch vain General who's biggest success, Inchon, was due to North Korea's Kim Jung being even more vain and out of touch (the Russians and Chinese warned him Inchon was vulnerable to amphibious assault). The poor performance of the Americans in Korea, misjudging the Chinese, isolating UN forces near the UN and trying to start a full scale war against China are all big failings of Mac. If there's a hero, it's General Matthew Ridgeway, who knew Korea would be a long, slow, bloody war, and possibly the long suffering Truman. If there are villians, MacArthur's officers like Almond and Willoughby certainly count.
It's also a good book on showing how anti-Communism became America's prime foreign policy concern, the switch from World War II to the Cold War. The American politics around Korea and the Cold War led us into Vietnam, though South Korea became the success that South Vietnam never became.
This weekend has become less busy than I feared. Originally twelve year old had an interview for the two week summer camp on Saturday, followed by a bday party an hour away (it's also Mrs. Ha's bday). The party got changed to Sunday, to coincide with the charter school family picnic, so we'll be doing a bit of driving. I'm hoping it's dry and still enough Saturday to do some more body work.
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