March 24, 2020
BobLeeAsks: How Y’all Doin ?
- Have you learned to play the harmonica… yet?
- Howsabout that Rosetta Stone course on Learn To Speak _____? How’s that coming along?
- Have you binged watched all the seasons of Bosch? … Ozark? … Man In The High Castle? … (fill in the blank)
- Read the entire King James Version cover to cover, including all those “begats”?
- Repainted the guest room? … twice?
- Purged at least 50% of your closets and taken the effluent to a charity? Throw out everything you have “outgrown” ?? IF you do lose weight… reward yourself with new jeans, etc.
- Are you ordering Take Out from your favorite locally-owned restaurant? PLEASE do that every day or so…
- Cussed ALL politicians / bureaucrats, or at least the ones you really don’t like.
- Remember putting together “model planes, cars, ships” as a kid? Amazon has a lot of DIY kits to choose from … just don’t sniff the glue. Build “a ship in a bottle”…
- Jigsaw puzzles …
OK… that took care of Day One. What all did you do on Day Two?
I have confidence that all of you “regular” visitors to Here are doin’ OK. “THIS” is not a good thing by any means. Earth did not need a Pandemic to “cull the herd” or “get rid of the pollen” or … BTW… Who scheduled THIS to coincide with Pollen Season? … REALLY? I want his/her name and address.
Given the choice of – 1 – “a Pandemic” or…. – 2 – a rogue asteroid hitting Yellowstone and setting off The Caldera, I suppose most of us would choose #1. I would.
I don’t think such cataclysmic occurrences are decided by a poll on Facebook… or by The Illuminati. Maybe by Oprah in concert with George Soros and/ or Cher? … Rob Reiner? … Do those of you “on the Left” really pay attention to Michael Moore? Why? Thats a rhetorical “why”.
Other than Tom Brady deciding to “go out” like an old Willie Mays (falling down in centerfield as a Met) rather than like Derek Jeter… has anything in Sports been worth reading beyond a headline? Not that I’ve seen.
A very long-tenured dear friend called me “out of the blue” a few days ago. We discussed all sorts of stuff for over an hour. Other than cancelling each others votes in state / national elections for many years, he and I have always agreed on all the important stuff… and we still do.
We have always been “sports fans” – but never “board monkeys” – we followed all the major sports in-season but really only cared about “the actual games” themselves. NOT all the off-field faux-drama about contracts and player unions and agents and jack-ass owners and fat cat boosters… and… and…
I’m ahead of him in eating one too many Pringles (or cashews…) deciding “OK, thats enough… I’m not doing this – addicted to Sports – any more.” My Don’t-Give-A-Damn re: Sports kicked in several years ago. He’s getting there.
Years ago he was in a collective that bought Panther PSLs… on the 45. To go to a Panther game now costs him $500 … and thats with his family being able to walk to BOA Stadium… and NOT counting beer and hot dogs. Financially he can afford it; but his rational mind is rejecting it.
Much of my TILT re: Sports is due to the 24/7 news cycle ravenous appetite for Content Filler. Much of it is inane and insulting to any double-digit IQ. Especially “recruiting crap”.
I do recommend – TheAthletic … a subscription site with ZERO advertising, pop-ups, etc. Just long form articles by veteran sportswriter who have been “let go” by financially imperiled media operations. Veteran sportswriters – with a few exceptions – are not eat up with “woke”. I go out of my way to avoid “woke” i.e. I haven’t checked “very wokey” USAToday in a long time. Are they still in business?
Several of you have asked for my recommendations for “good books / preferred authors”. I am glad to oblige. As you know – I am an Audible “reader”. Any book / author I recommend is available in multi-forms … hardcover… paperback… kindle… or audible.
Before I list a bunch for you… I stumbled on a really enjoyable website last week … TheCrewReviews.com. … four guys who live in different parts of the country … all four are avid readers and aspiring novelists. Each week they do hour-long podcast interviews with famous authors of the action / thriller genre. They let the author talk for 90% of the hour about his/her “craft” … their writing routine … how they research … their relationships with their characters … etc. Cool stuff if you like to get to know successful authors.
They recently had David Morrell who created “Rambo”… along with 20+ other Action/Thriller novels. In Morrell’s opinion – the Five Most Iconic Characters in 20th fiction literature are …. Sherlock Holmes – Tarzan – James Bond – Rambo – and Harry Potter. Your list may differ but thats the type of stuff in their interviews.
“Famous Author” interviews in their archives are … CJ Box … Robert Crais … Stephen Hunter … James Rollins … Brad Taylor … Mark Greaney. There are 28 of’em and counting. Check it out. It ain’t like you “don’t have time” these days.
Some BobLee Book Recommends … many are already on my Book Club Page. In no particular order… I like’em ALL …
CJ Box … Joe Pickett series
John D. MacDonald … Travis McGee series
Robert B. Parker … Spenser & Jesse Stone series
James Rollins … Sigma Force series
Robert Crais … Elvis Cole / Joe Pike series
Michael Connolly … Harry Bosch / Lincoln Lawyer series
Gregg Hurwitz … Evan Smoak / Orphan X / Nowhere Man series
Louie L’Amour … Barnabas Sackett series
Angus Donald … The Outlaw Chronicles (Robin Hood)
Clive Cussler … Dirk Pitt / Oregon Files / Issac Stone …
Wayne Stinnett … Jesse McDermitt series
Harlan Coben … Myron Bolitar series
David Golemon … The Event Group
Vince Flynn … Mitch Rapp series
Those oughta keep you busy for a few days. There are lots more. If you don’t like some of these, that’s OK. I keep discovering new “favorites” which is always fun.
GOOD MOVIE Recommend – on Amazon Prime – KNIVES OUT … a 2019 “Who Done It” Murder mystery… wealthy patriarch dies mysteriously and his entire dysfunctional family are all suspects. Daniel Craig (James Bond) plays a Columbo-esque Detective with a deep southern accent (??). Best movie I’ve seen in years.
Stay busy – “idle hands … Devil’s workshop” …. get some sort of regular exercise… Walking is great (with an audible book is even better) on a Greenway or just around your neighborhood. Avoid too much “junk food” / “snacking”.
IF you do Facebook / Twitter… PLEASE Be Careful. It’s addictive. As with anything – MODERATION. Much of social media now is “Political Porn” regardless of your ideological ilk. The more “social media” you do… the more appealing “social distancing” becomes. Other People = Yuck!
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