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Weekend Update - Generalissimo Francisco Franco is Still Dead...

Busy weekend, though less busy than expected. Finished all the shaping and dado work on the face frame, and hand-sanded it. Just needs to be stained and installed. Did some other minor stuff around the house, too.

Got together with the volleyball group Saturday evening for a potluck/game night. Much fun. Haven't seen most of them since February, and it was nice to catch up. The food was great. We also started doing some preliminary planning for the trip to Acadia in August. Still trying to figure out which weekend.

Today was absolutely gorgeous. Cleaned up some this morning, then took the bike down to the bike path for a ride around noon. Did one lap, and as I was turning around in the parking lot for the second, I saw Blake, Sandi, and the kids getting their bikes out of their truck, so I joined up with them for awhile. It was good, because I hadn't had much chance to talk to Sandi at the get together last night, and we were able to catch up some more. While riding we also ran into another ex-Steamer (the soccer team I coached, Sandi was also one of my players), who I hadn't seen in ten years or more, so some more catching up was done. Kept on riding, then the R's stopped for a little picnic about half way along. I kept going on to the far end of the path, and then turned around and headed back to the parking lot. Did eighteen miles total, with a pretty good time considering I was keeping pace with an eight-year old for awhile.

Went home and showered, expecting to head up to Boston to see X-Men II at some point, but I didn't know what time had been decided, and there had been no messages forthcoming, so I started trying to find out when we were meeting. Tried e-mails, cells, no joy. Finally managed to catch theodosia on the board, but by that time it was too late for me to get there, so no movie for me. Bother. </Whine>

Went to the supermarket instead, got a steak and some salad fixings, and fired up the grill for the first time this year. Dinner was good. Afterwards, I finally did some long overdue updating of the filk site. I have a stack of things that need to be added. Oh, and I also wrote a filk today, which I posted as a reply to an entry in debg's live journal.

What else? I finished Master and Commander yesterday, and was underwhelmed. There really is no plot there. It's turns out it's just a slice-of-life type book, what it was like to be aboard one of His Majesty's ships in the year of Our Lord, 1800. It's a fictional documentary, which is why all the decription and the transcript-like dialogue. It's just the story of a few months in the lives of Aubrey and Maturin. There is no climax, it ends with a whimper, not a bang. Another way of looking at it is that it's sort of like a season of Star Trek, TNG or Star Gate, SG-1. There are a bunch of episodes strung together in the book, with some good continuity, but there's no overall arc.

There are some enjoyable moments in the second half of the book. Perhaps it's that the heavy description is mostly done, and I was getting used to the dialogue, but I did start to enjoy it for awhile. Then it finished up with a dull thud. I dunno, I have three more Aubrey/Maturin books in the TBR pile, but I'm not sure I ever will.

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