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By ad hoc (Thu May 18, 2006 at 10:16:21 AM EST) (all tags)
I've been invited to join the "Soup of the Month Club". For a pittance of only $12.95 per month, I can get not one but two 15-oz cans of soup every single month. Where do I sign up?

My newly spackled tooth is working out just fine.

So the Ride of Silence last night was dutifully silent. Mostly. It was also pretty boring. I'm going to stop doing these things. About 15 people eventually showed up. That did not include the leader, who did not show up. Something about his wife going into labor or some other cheap excuse. The leader pro tem didn't know what to do, so come 7:00 pm, people just sort of "well, I suppose we should be on our way then." The description was "a 12 mph ride" so most of the type A's in the group (of which there is an extraordinarily large number at every organized cycling event, I've found) took it as more of a command than a recommendation aimed at trying to keep the group together. Except the head chick had no cyclometer and was under the impression that 5 mph and 12 mph were "close enough". So one of the type-A's took the lead and brought it up to acceptible speed, although with that increased authority, he also took it upon himself to make sure everyone was together adn that we all waited at each light. Do you know how many lights there are on Mass Ave? Still, riding in a small group at slow speeds is not a lot of fun, especially down something like Mass Ave. All in all, I think I'll skip these sorts of things from now on.

Walking around town yesterday, it seemed everyone was out on their stoops. It stopped raining and the sun was out and so, then, were the people. Everybody was friendly and squinting.

I think I'm about Agatha Christie'd out. I've gone through about half a dozen of them so far and they're starting to blur.

  • 4:50 from Paddington
  • A.B.C. Murders
  • Bertram's Hotel
  • Curtain
  • Death in the Air
  • Strange Affair at Styles
  • Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Time for something else. I got /Martian Chronicals/, but I listened to one of the stories (And the Moon be Still as Bright) this morning as dramatised in my X-Minus-1 collection and didn't really care for it. It reeked of Earl Holliman in Forbidden Planet. So I think I'll take it back and get the Alfred Bester book that several recommended. I've also been unable to get into Tono Bungay, which is a shame. But it's been going on endlessly about what it's like growing up below stairs. Maybe I should just skip to the middle, but I'd rather just ditch it for a recommendation.

I should have been out on the bike today.

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A singular honour | 9 comments (9 topical, 0 hidden)
While I'm a huge Ray Bradbury fan by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu May 18, 2006 at 10:44:30 AM EST
I've always thought that the Martian Chronicles were rather weak. What attracts me to Bradbury is his subtle twist on a world that looks very much like the one we live in. Putting his stories on Mars works at odds with that because it is an alien environment. My favorite Bradbuy works are Dandelion Wine and The Illustrated Man.

I'm imagining some macho type-A personalities madly pantomiming to silently keep a group of silent cyclists together. They look rather humorous. I bet your tour was funny watch if not fun to be in.

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Careful, by spacejack (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu May 18, 2006 at 10:53:37 AM EST
You're starting to spell like us Canadians.

I think I saw a made-for-TV Martian Chronicles starring Rock Hudson when I was a kid. I don't remember much about it, except it seemed kind of depressing.

Martian Chronicles by MartiniPhilosopher (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu May 18, 2006 at 11:12:31 AM EST
Is best divided into two classes of stories. You have the ones where he was attempting to do forecasting and somewhat hard science and then you have the more fantasy and humanistic oriented ones. The ones with the hard science attempts probably seem more quaint to us, knowing what we know, but they have a quality about them which tells about how people thought about space exploration and what they expected to find. More recent collections have additional stories which are based around his Mars which were not in the earlier versions.

On the whole, it probably has a few of his very best and most compelling works. In particular There shall come soft rains stands out along with The Million Year Picnic and my personal favorite Night Meeting. Of course there are several others which can be argued to be equally compelling and good such as Way in the Middle of the Air for instance.

All things said, it is a staple of the genre for a good reason, even if some of its points are not as interesting to the current readers.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

Perhaps by ana (4.00 / 2) #4 Thu May 18, 2006 at 12:51:24 PM EST
your porn-star dentist sells his address list. Broken tooth? Soup!

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

USD? by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu May 18, 2006 at 09:29:44 PM EST
USD$12.95/mo seems awfully steep for two cans of soup/mo.
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That's what I thought by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri May 19, 2006 at 05:47:52 AM EST
Cycling by Pasofol (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu May 18, 2006 at 11:25:27 PM EST
I went for one group thing downtown where I live as-well.  It was too slow, and the constant waiting for people to catch up; was disappointing.

My solution to this is find another guy who feels the same.  Once in a while have a cycling challenge from point A to B.  The first guy to get to the spot wins, no defined route, no rules just get there.  It's important to find someone which is in similar shape as you or otherwise you won't have a chance.

You can increase the distances over time as you get into better shape.

Betting is optional but loser buying a beer or lunch makes it more interesting.

Finding someone ... by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri May 19, 2006 at 05:49:03 AM EST
Finding someone by Pasofol (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri May 19, 2006 at 05:58:42 AM EST
can't be all that bad.  Not in just cycling circles.

But I think I've read your diary about this matter alreday, if I'm not getting it confused with someone else.

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