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Heading for Home

Today I got to ride in a bus with my last name on it. There is a bus company founded by a man who shares my somewhat rare last name. Since I was a little boy, I have seen these buses on the highway, and it's always given me a little thrill to see my name up there in big letters. Today I got to ride in one for the first time when one of them showed up at my hotel as part of the fleet of buses shuttling attendees between the hotels and the convention center. Neat. Yeah, I know, it really doesn't take all that much to get me excited. I was almost ecstatic because the last two days they had some red delicious apples available alongside the green yuppified ones. Simple pleasures.

The last day of the show is always dead. Very few people stopped by the booth, and most of those who did weren't potential customers. The show closed at 3:00, and by 3:05 it looked like a bomb had gone off in the building as everybody rushed to take down their exhibits. Took sales manager and me about an hour and a half to get ours packed up and ready to go. Well, I was packing. He was just sort of stuffing things in boxes. He's never quite gotten the memo that if you take care of something, it will last longer. No wonder we need double stick tape to keep the frelling booth together. Tomorrow it's back to Rhody, where I understand it's snowing again. Sigh.

Had the odd experience of logging onto the Phoenix last night, not finding an active natter thread, going to the end of the Bureaucracy thread to see what was up, and seeing my name in the first post I read. I'm way behind in there, so I tried to catch up some tonight, but I'm fast coming to the conclusion that life is just too short to read the Bureaucracy thread anymore.

Speaking of bureaucracy, I finished War of Honor, the latest Honor Harrington book by David Weber. I can't say it bored me, because I kept turning the pages, but it's 850 pages could easily have been edited down by half. It's just page after page of Manticoran politics, Havenite politics, Grayson Politics, Silesian Politics, and Andermani politics, interspersed with occasional episodes of Honor and White Haven pining for each other without openly admitting their love. Bleh. They do finally get around to some naval operations, but that's what Weber seems to have decided to edit, because most of the actual battles occur off-screen. It was okay, better than the last book, but still weak. The problem is the same one that Star Trek has always had. Admirals as characters are just not as much fun as captains when it comes to doing naval stories. They had to demote Kirk, and that's why Picard is still a captain long after he should've been promoted.

After the show, I started rereading Zelazny's Lord of Light, and I'm already halfway through it. Such a fun book.

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