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About meI have recently retired from Government employment so now have time to read some of the books I have been collecting over the last 30 odd years. Wonderful !

About my libraryI am quite picky about the condition of my books. I let one to a friend who kept it in a plastic bag when not reading it! I mainly add queer books to my library now, as I have so many others still to read. Always on the look for a good biography of actors etc from the 30's, 40's & 50's.

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Happy Australia Day!
Hey JD,

So sorry to hear about you step-father. That's tough. Hope you have a safe trip and I'll talk to you when you can. Thoughts and prayers headed your way.
Hey JD,
I did have a blast over the holidays. But back to work now and the rest of life. Haven’t started Waiting for Gertrude, still working on Bastard Out of Carolina. Just hard processing all that is going on in the book, so reading it in bursts. College football is finally over HORRAY! Had to ban Kelly from watching it for a couple of days just cause it was way too much. Now the pro’s are in the playoffs for the Super Bowl.
Yeah the Arizona shooting is all over the news here. Very tragic… He shouldn’t have been able to gain access to a gun from my understanding, but you know as well I as I do that if there is a will there is a way. As for the automatic those are illegal though I believe you can buy kits or instructions to modify a semi automatic. Illegal too, but people find ways around that. Have to say the 2nd Amendment (Right to bear arms) has been taken a bit too far. If I wasn’t in the profession I am in I probably wouldn’t own a gun. I do enjoy shooting them but not enough to just buy them as a hobby. There are quite a few Americans that believe it’s a right that needs to be fulfilled by every red blooded American. And it is the Right Wing, ultra conservatives that take all of this to the extreme. These are the same people that believe the illegal aliens (mostly Mexicans) are to blame for all of the robberies, murders, rapes, assaults… that are happening in our country. Oddly enough it’s a majority of born and raised Americans (white, black, Hispanic good mix of all). And to counter this they all sleep with a loaded gun under their pillow. Hate to tell them but most crimes happen in the middle of day. But I am now ranting and on a soap box. And no worries no offense taken. I tend to see the stupidity of most Americans just as clear as others.  And voting is such a sticky issue here. People are told all kinds of tells to either keep them away from the polls or to flood them. It is really sad how gullible some people are.
The flooding there is all on the news here too. Or at least the national news, small blurbs on the local. It’s amazing and sad how much water is just being dumped there, and the low death count, hope it stays that way. How’s the response of the government. I know we had such a horrid time of it when hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008. The fact that our government was pretty much leaving them all to their own defenses. Still a sore spot here. Hope it doesn’t continue to get worse. How close are you to Queensland? Sorry my geography is a bit rusty.
Oh yeah snow here, we have snow right now in I think 48 of the 50 states right now. And its funny talking to friends in other states about the cities shutting down. Got a friend in Portland, Oregon and school activities were she works were canceled due to threat of snow. New York was reaching 6 inches (15.2 cm) and the city was shutting down. We don’t shut down till we get to 12 inches (30.5 cm) and even then it’s like pulling teeth to get people to say “shut it down”. The snows not bad but people forget how to drive from snow storm to snow storm. The ice and below freezing temps are the roughest though.
Well off to do dishes and get the house ready for Ghost Hunters dinner party. It’s our weekly dinner with my parents with a viewing of the new episode of Ghost Hunters. (well Ghost Hunters International right now.) So “Ta-ta for now” and stay dry. I’ll try not to freeze to death.  Ang
P.s. pictures of cats are up.
Happy new year JD! It was rather quite here, but a good snow fall and below freezing temps will do that for a city. Started snowing I think thursday or even new year's eve. Was quite a good little storm still very chilly out. But the temps are rising again suppose to be around 50 or so. Works been fairly quite, though I did get to help take down a murderer the other day. He was being escorted to his cell and took a swing at a Sgt. So we took him to the ground and handcuffed him. All rather exciting for a minute or two. :)Most physical I have been at work in probably over a year. Great start to the new year too. And a heck of a way to end the shift.
Yeah the Broncos squeezed one last win out before losing the last game of the season. Now for playoffs and then Super Bowl. Me and Kelly were talking the other day about how they (reporters/franchise) refer to the Super Bowl winners and world champions when really the US is the only country playing. We really are full of our selfs aren't we?
So just bought a new book, well used book... Waiting for Gertrude: A Graveyard Gothic by Bill Richardson. Been wanting to read this forever and finally had a giftcard to use. :) Love books that are basically free. But one of my best friends David has been raving about it for years. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/used/product.asp?EAN=2694738799732&x=451440... So once read I'll let you know how it was.
So sitting here on my day off doing very little, watching old Charlie's Angels reruns, playing on the web, paying bills... took some photos of Lola (cat) earlier. Have been batting around the idea of a kids book based on her and her antics. Been playing around on Photoshop too, trying to get the hang of that one. But I should go to the store and get dinner stuff, no clue what but oh well.
Take care and talk at you soon. Ang
Hey JD, hope you had a great holiday. Mine was great and so stress free. Had a great week off and its back to the grind tomorrow. Talk to you soon.
oh yeah and you can email me on hotmail too either way works well!
Do you get alot of US celebs down your way? They show here in Colorado but tend to stick to the ritzy mountain towns and ski villages. Have only ever seen two saw Carrot Top here in Denver, he was an ass, pardon the language but that's exactly what he was. And saw James Earl Jones in Las Vegas. That one was cool was there for my cousin's wedding and as we were all waiting for a taxi my aunt starts screaming there's Colon Powell! Me and my cousin being the big Star Wars geeks that we are both turned and in stero screamed, "no it's Darth Vader!" Lucky for us he was too far off to hear. Oh gosh yeah juggling inmates is a daily job for me. Should be better when the County Jail opens back up to full capacity once remodles are done, but as they are just now starting to tear down the old. But should be a nice big facility when we are down. Our current building lost beds in the whole planning faze as Denver has a building provision that there are certain areas of Denver that building can only be so high so as not to obstruct the mountains. Not that I'm complaining because I do love my mountains, but the lack of bed space is getting old. Kelly is both a full time student and works almost full time at the Early Learning Center on the campus. Which is great for her because 1. its on campus and 2. they work with her schedule. She's working on a degree in Human Scoiolgy (i think) and wants to open a day care/early learning center for special needs kids in low income familys. She's super great with the kids, I just love going and hanging out with her and the little ones. She's with the toddlers right now so 12 months to 3 years. Oddly enough I do believe the Broncos tend to win when in Oakland playing the Raiders. We lose at home though. So keep your fingers crossed. :) Well I have rambled for a bit here but I need to go start dinner and then pick up Kelly. Talk to you later! Ang
Hey JD! No rain yet looking at snow around Thursday. Glad its clearing up for you down there. Love the rain but sometimes it does get to be too much. That's the spirit the glass is always half full. I hope it goes well. Wikileaks is about talked about but right now our big news is taxes. What's up with Oprah? The Denver Nuggets are our professinal basketball team and the head coach just hit his 1000th win. Big deal from the sound of it. Kind of cool they are making news in your neck of the woods. The big sports news was the Broncos (football) just fired thier head coach. So its a gamble to see how they paly today. Been a lot of head coaches fired this year. Well have a great day and I leave you with Eric Draven: Can't rain all the time... Ang
You really could send some of that rain up this way. It’s just cold and windy here. They keep forecasting snow but none yet or they remove it just as fast as they put it up. But our snowy season really hits in Feb and March. Glad to hear you are supporting the local bookstores. I try as much as possible to support them to. Love going to the 2nd hand and digging through the piles, shelves for books. Most places here try toting the whole free wi-fi gimmick. Starbucks seems to be running wild within well everywhere bookstores, grocery stores, corners… you name it there is a Starbucks. One nice thing about Tattered Cover they have their own coffee shop. I’m enjoying Bastard very much, have had a bunch of time to read the last couple of days but hopefully some more time soon. Job interview huh? Cool good luck! Our jail seems to be always crowded, but we just built the one I work in and we are in the process of remodeling the one I transferred from. Both are in Denver and same department but I know work with un sentenced inmates and the other has sentenced. They just started demolishing the old building and we should have a big spanking new jail in about 5 years. So we shuffle people around to get everyone a bed. Winter depending on the weather is how over crowded we get. The colder and snowier the more bodies. Summer we get a bunch in also just because its nice out so more people are out doing bad things. Well need to get back to work. And I’ll leave you with Shirley Manson from Garbage “I’m only happy when it rains…” Stay dry talk to you later. Ange
We went to the Parade of Lights last night. It’s a Christmas/Holiday parade that we have here every year to kick of the Holiday season. Froze our butts off, but it was warmer last night that it has been in years past. Meet her mom, brother, sister in law and niece for the parade. Did a bit of book shopping prior to the parade. Was tempted to watch from Barnes and Noble/Starbucks. Finally got a copy of Bastard out of Carolina been looking for that one for a about a month now. Also got My Life in France by Julia Child. We walked out with more books than I think we meant to get but it there was a table with buy 2 get 1 free. And we found 3 so it was a great deal. Have spent the day just lazing about, football on the TV, been reading surfing the net, napping. Kelly put up decorations while I napped. We are going to her mom’s choir’s holiday program next weekend and then lunch with my aunt and uncle before they head to my cousin’s for the holiday. (they live in California) Been making plans for cookie baking. Getting through work and trying to not stress about it. I now seem to work in Quantum Physics as we have people to move and no room to move them. Well I hope the rain lets up for you soon, you could send it our way its rather dry here right now. However I believe we are getting snow tomorrow. Been cold and cloudy all day but at least the wind has died down for the moment. Off to read some more have a good day/night stay dry. Ange
We went to the Parade of Lights last night. It’s a Christmas/Holiday parade that we have here every year to kick of the Holiday season. Froze our butts off, but it was warmer last night that it has been in years past. Meet her mom, brother, sister in law and niece for the parade. Did a bit of book shopping prior to the parade. Was tempted to watch from Barnes and Noble/Starbucks. Finally got a copy of Bastard out of Carolina been looking for that one for a about a month now. Also got My Life in France by Julia Child. We walked out with more books than I think we meant to get but it there was a table with buy 2 get 1 free. And we found 3 so it was a great deal. Have spent the day just lazing about, football on the TV, been reading surfing the net, napping. Kelly put up decorations while I napped. We are going to her mom’s choir’s holiday program next weekend and then lunch with my aunt and uncle before they head to my cousin’s for the holiday. (they live in California) Been making plans for cookie baking. Getting through work and trying to not stress about it. I now seem to work in Quantum Physics as we have people to move and no room to move them. Well I hope the rain lets up for you soon, you could send it our way its rather dry here right now. However I believe we are getting snow tomorrow. Been cold and cloudy all day but at least the wind has died down for the moment. Off to read some more have a good day/night stay dry. Ange
We went to the Parade of Lights last night. It’s a Christmas/Holiday parade that we have here every year to kick of the Holiday season. Froze our butts off, but it was warmer last night that it has been in years past. Meet her mom, brother, sister in law and niece for the parade. Did a bit of book shopping prior to the parade. Was tempted to watch from Barnes and Noble/Starbucks. Finally got a copy of Bastard out of Carolina been looking for that one for a about a month now. Also got My Life in France by Julia Child. We walked out with more books than I think we meant to get but it there was a table with buy 2 get 1 free. And we found 3 so it was a great deal. Have spent the day just lazing about, football on the TV, been reading surfing the net, napping. Kelly put up decorations while I napped. We are going to her mom’s choir’s holiday program next weekend and then lunch with my aunt and uncle before they head to my cousin’s for the holiday. (they live in California) Been making plans for cookie baking. Getting through work and trying to not stress about it. I now seem to work in Quantum Physics as we have people to move and no room to move them. Well I hope the rain lets up for you soon, you could send it our way its rather dry here right now. However I believe we are getting snow tomorrow. Been cold and cloudy all day but at least the wind has died down for the moment. Off to read some more have a good day/night stay dry. Ange

Afternoon, we are both staying warm. It's actually back up in the 50's now, but windy. I love to snow, my only complaint is all the transplants from warmer states that don't know how to drive in it and just act a fool in their 4X4's. Exactly you can always put on more clothes. Love the rain too. $32 for a movie, ouch. Our most expensive is the 3D stuff. I love going during the week early for $5. Still plugging away at my Koontz, great book but I think I'm reading to late at night so I get through a page or two and I'm too sleepy to go on. Oh the football games have be disappointing just because they are playing poorly. It just seemed that all the teams we watched this weekend and were rooting for lost. Also our home team just got fined for taping another teams practice so its this big scandal now. Calling for the firing of the coach. On other sports news our local footy team won the MLS World Cup. Also point for our government they are looking at repealing the “Don’t Tell, Don’t Ask” and letting gays and lesbians openly serve in the military. The biggest opposition is that being in the middle of two wars its not a good time to phase new troops in. But at least it’s a step in the right direction. Well hope you slept well with the rain have a good day. Ange
Well good night/morning talk to you later. Ange
Harry Potter was great the 12.50 a seat was a bit steep. Some new XD theater that was suppose to be all clearer and more room in the seats. The only difference was the screen that went wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Have to say I have enjoyed all the movies, but loved the books. Splurged and got the UK adult version. Don't think it was different but its kind of cool having a different version.
Well woke up this morning to a nice cold front that moved into the state. We got a light dusting and chilly weather. I think the high country is still getting hit with snow. It makes it so pretty here! Love it!
I so get what you mean about wanting to continue to read a book. I get so bad sometimes that I dream about what's going to happen next. Or at least what I think will/should happen next. Which in turn wakes me up and I get up and continue to read. Haven't done it in a while but I have even stayed up all night reading and then gone to work. (its been a long time since I can't even stay wake watching tv at night.
Well I hope the next round of cricket is better. Football here is rather disappointing but great reading time for me. Have fun at the choir and dinner with friends. Was actually talking to a friend tonight about getting together and gave him a great laugh when I asked Kelly if we were busy in December. He's married to a minister so their whole month is full. We
Harry Potter was great the 12.50 a seat was a bit steep. Some new XD theater that was suppose to be all clearer and more room in the seats. The only difference was the screen that went wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Have to say I have enjoyed all the movies, but loved the books. Splurged and got the UK adult version. Don't think it was different but its kind of cool having a different version.
Well woke up this morning to a nice cold front that moved into the state. We got a light dusting and chilly weather. I think the high country is still getting hit with snow. It makes it so pretty here! Love it!
I so get what you mean about wanting to continue to read a book. I get so bad sometimes that I dream about what's going to happen next. Or at least what I think will/should happen next. Which in turn wakes me up and I get up and continue to read. Haven't done it in a while but I have even stayed up all night reading and then gone to work. (its been a long time since I can't even stay wake watching tv at night.
Well I hope the next round of cricket is better. Football here is rather disappointing but great reading time for me. Have fun at the choir and dinner with friends. Was actually talking to a friend tonight about getting together and gave him a great laugh when I asked Kelly if we were busy in December. He's married to a minister so their whole month is full. We
Morning, no Thanksgiving isn't bigger than Christmas, its a big deal don't get me wrong. And some probably make it a bigger deal. We actually celebrated it ahead of time when everyone was home and off work. I ended up off the day of just by chance. (and at the last minute) Have Christmas off only because I was able to vote vacation that week this year so super excited about that. Nothing wrong with old movies I love em. Had some movie posters for a while myself, use to work at a theater when I first started college. But over the years they got lost, didn't have room for them. They were the two sided ones that were put up in the light boxes too. Never really had any gay or lesbian ones. But they have changed a bit from the Children's Hour. Haven't seen The Kids are Alright I think its out on video here now. We are off to see Harry Potter here in a bit so that should be fun and I should go get ready, still in PJ's. Love lazy Sunday mornings. Hope your arms get better, talk to you later. Ange
On Patricia Cornwell's I believe I have them all (still need to read the last 2 or 3) but I didn't like how she changed her writing style. She went from 1st person to 3rd person. Just lost something. But hey she didn't ask me did she. :) Going to try and read the Girl who kicked the Hornets Nest, and the other 2 as my mom finishes them. Just got the short story collection 'Outsiders' and would love to sit down with that one too. No I'm not very political but I might take a look at 'State of War'. No I'm not a big basketball fan, like soccer, I tolorate American Football (my partner loves it). Yeah I went to bed with Koontz that last two nights, my partner was at her father's for Thanksgiving so I was all by my lone some. So I won't tell if you don't. :) Shift was quite the other day, had yesterday off the Thanksgiving and know back for the last of my week. Its so far quite today only 8 more hours to go. Ange
Hi JD, (no exes :) I totally get the reading on public transportation to avoid. Use to live in a rather rough part of Denver and caught the bus late at night. So would read, listen to music just to avoid. I may have to checkout the book depository as free shipping would be awesome. Though I do tend to get free shipping with Amazon by buying multiple books. (not sure if that applies to overseas). Was at the bookstore yesterday and honestly couldn't find a book to buy. Was looking for Bastard out of Carolina but they were out. May just get it online.
Did not know that about the Australian army, but really doesn’t quite surprise me. The US armed forces are so whacked and uptight. (I work with a lot of current and former military) Never considered the armed forces myself but do have a respect for the individuals who do. My job is as close to military as I have ever wanted to be. On the bright side I am very out at work and very excepted, we even have domestic partner benefits.
Back to books, I can’t remember a time that I couldn’t read, or didn’t read. I remember wanting to read bedtime stories to my little sister. Read with both my parents. Books were always an item to be packed for a trip. Went to Europe last year and counting travel books I think I packed 5 books for a 10 day trip. Returned with only 4 lost one on the plane when I landed back in Denver. Interest in books has changed over the years. Didn’t start reading lesbian books until I found a few online stories and which started to show announcements that the stories would be published. Before that it was mystery (love me some Kay Scarpetta) horror (King), and just really anything that would hold my interest from historical, theology, nature, survival, horror…
For work I end up reading a bunch of books on Terrorism and Hazmat. (I’m the instructor at the academy for both subjects however the course is Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hazmat. Its fun but boring at the same time.
Well that’s enough rambling for now, back to work, only 8 more hours. Enjoy the cricket game. Must confuse don’t quite get that game. Super excited for the Women’s World Cup Soccer next year though and I saw that the Aussies are going. US looks like they will be there too.
And no worries on the copper its all good and pretty much the same.
Currently I am reading Relentless by Dean Koontz. A book I keep re-reading, hmmm... probably Galveston 1900: Swept Away by Linda Crist. Love to mix of history and romance. There are many a book that I would love to re-read probably more often. Have been wanting to re-read JD Glass' books as she is currently working on another. Favorite book there are many and for many reasons. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, just loved the rawness of it. Watershipdown and Lord of the Flies for the look at humanity. Not sure of what book I would never let go of. That is a hard one. So same questions to you along with what turned you on to reading, was it a person, book ...?
Yeah I'm a deputy sheriff here in Denver. Been one for 9 years now. I work in the jail doing Classification, which is basically where we look at the person current charges, past charges and behavior to best house them with other inmates. Basically keeping our violent offenders in high security and away from the less violent offenders. Its fun and exciting. That's very cool that you opened your home up to two starngers and glad it worked out well in the end. Sounds like a great way to see another country.
As for Borders here, don't know about the CD thing, I don't tend to go there alot. Just have a hard time finding lesbian themed books there. I tend to go to Barnes and Nobles or to Tattered Cover (large indie store I mentioned). Or I buy online from amazon or Powell's (huge bookstore in Portland Oregon.) they have a huge selection of new and used books. And the largest GLBT section I have ever seen in a bookstore. Well worth a trip to Oregon just for that. Well enough rambling talk you later. By the way my name is Ange.
When traveling a Kindle wouldn't be bad but I don't mind lugging the book weight either. Also I tend to lose books on planes, and would hate to lose a Kindle. Yeah Borders is kind of a come and go thing here, lots of Barnes and Nobel though. Yeah the small bookstores here come and go too. We do have a rather large indie bookstore, started out as one and they now have three branches. (I'm rambling on now). So retired huh? What did you retire from? I've got about 20 to 30 years before I get to do that.
I do love my books too, which will keep me from getting an eBook reader, though I do see the space saver appeal to it but I do love the feel of the book. I got a few books that I want to get a re-read back in on.
That quite an impressive collection of books, some that I may have to add to a wishlist.
My goodness, we have a lot of books in common.
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