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About me60+, married, grown kids. Moved back to the triangle area several years ago. technical writer. longtime F/SF fan (Wolfe, LeGuin, Kay), now reading more mysteries (Lehane, Penny, Spencer-Fleming, many others) and mainstream fiction.

The picture is of our first grandchild, born 8/12/11.

About my libraryMostly fiction. Have actually been "de-acquiring" lately after moving into a smaller house. Reading lots of library books as well as a few I've stockpiled and not gotten to yet. Still entering books.

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Groups50-Something Library Thingers, Crambo!, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Deep South, Duplicate Bridge Enthusiasts, FantasyFans, Fforde Ffans, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, Hogwarts Express, Lost In A Good Bookshow all groups

Favorite authorsJasper Fforde, Ursula K. Le Guin, Mark Helprin, Guy Gavriel Kay, John Kessel, Dennis Lehane, Sharyn McCrumb, Patricia A. McKillip, Louise Penny, Julia Spencer-Fleming, J. R. R. Tolkien, Gene Wolfe (Shared favorites)

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Hi Jim -- I knew Bill Sr for a while in the late 90's -- I was the manager of the Olsson's Books in Bethesda and Bill used to come by to sell us his history of Bethesda and other books of local history. I was wondering how he was doing just the other day as I was cleaning up the Bill Offutt pages on LT. I came to the conclusion that Prof. Bill Offutt the historian must be the son of the guy I knew but I wasn't 100% sure...
Please stop by the Little Free Library of Twinbrook whenever you want! It's open 24/7...and even has a tap light inside for "after hours" visits. :)

Madeline
Happy to be of service!

Cheers
RMD
Thanks, Jim. Very kind of you.
I attended OSU from 73-76 when I graduated. I also got married in 1975. OSU brought me to the Columbus area, where I still live.
Thanks for the procedure! OSU, as in Ohio State University?
Congrats Jim! I also have a new grandchild. I must upload a pic soon!
It's a daker, believe it or not. Absolutely new one to me and I found it by doing the baker, caker, daker,eaker, faker, etc. routine working my way through the alphabet. Feel free to use it in social conversation to impress and amaze your friends - I don't charge a royalty.

Cheers,
No, no, you did identify it as an ARC! That's why I thought of ER. I mean, it's probably out in full by now, and there were probably ARCs elsewhere - but since ER had informed _me_ of the book's existence I wondered if you'd gotten it from that source or elsewhere. I didn't see you on LT:Bookmooching until after I'd mooched it - wasn't sure you were on LT at all.
Jim,

Thanks for the support. It's amazing how different things are with a baby than an adult. I had the flu bug in January, and lost 7 pounds in 1 day, from 210 to 203. Didn't really think twice about it as I re-gained 5 of those 7 pounds within a couple of days, resulting in a 2-pound loss. Something adults like to see all the time.

However, when an 18-month old drops a pound a week for a month, and goes from 23 pounds to 19 pounds (i.e. about 20% of body weight, the equivalent to me losing 42 pounds from my flu in January), and still dropping with vomitting, and they are having trouble figuring put what the problem is, it's scary. They say after you eat, half of what you eat should be digested in an hour, and another half of that in the 2nd hour, so after 2 hours, 3/4 of the food should be digested. He ate pears Friday morning around 7ish, and vomitted full chunks (i.e. undigested) at something like midnight or 1am Saturday morning, pretty much the entire serving.

What's worse, this doesn't happen every day. Maybe 2 times a week. So no real way to predict or see a consistent pattern. Not like certain foods are doing it either, different every time.

What's even more freightening is our daughter, who is almost 10 months, 8 months younger than our nephew, is now MAYBE a pound lighter than him (I think she's between 17 1/2 and 18 pounds), and it's not like she's overeating, and she's actually somewhere between the 25th and 50th percentile (i.e. a little below average), if that gives you some idea where he's at.

This past Friday/Saturday was the 2nd time this resulted in him being in the hospital, the first being Superbowl Sunday.

With the health situations in my wife's and my families, this is actually very scary. It almost makes me want to do research on the health of boys and men. My father had open heart surgery at 53 due to blockage, now 67. My father-in-law has schleroderma, diagnosed in the late 90s, a heart attack at 58 or 59, and now heart issues again and in the hospital right now (61). I'm the oldest of 3, only male, had childhood health and neurological problems (they think because of furtility drugs because my parents were trying almost 10 years when they had me), both younger sisters healthy. My wife is the oldest of 3, one brother (middle child), with severe OCD and depression, and now this case. My wife's side nobody had kids yet except her. We had a girl (in extreme good health and ahead developmentally, crawling at 7 months, walking at 9 months), and my other sister had twin girls (fraternal, not identical), both in good health.

I find it very hard to believe that this is a coinceidence.
Hi, just reporting on A Fine and Private place. I wrote my review and in my reading thread at the GD. I have to say that overall I didn't care much for it, though it had enough interest to keep me going to the end of the story. I get pretty frustrated with lots of philosophical pondering, much like Mrs. Clapper, I suspect! :)
Hi Jim, thanks for the welcome.

Yes, I live in DC, in the city. I have been here since the mid-80s but didn't grow up here. Where in Maryland did you live and what schools did you go to? I see you're in North Carolina now. --Anne

Hi Jim, thanks for your comment on my review of The Various Haunts of Men. I was very impressed with the author. I hope you like it if you end up reading it!
Hi Jim. Thank you for your note. I have added you to my interesting library list also. I was amazed at the outpouring on the Depression thread! It's helpful to read what others have to say and to realize how many are in the same boat. So often we think we are the only ones to suffer so, but reading those posts helped me to remember otherwise. And yours summed up what I was trying to say so well.
Don't you hate the books in boxes thing? We have a small house that hopefully we will soon remodel (no bigger,just more functional and up to date) and I have been showing my husband all the sites for the new wall-to- wall bookcases. Ha! Then I will be able to unpack my many boxes as well as the many I inherited from my Mom. I also look forward to being a hard-boiled book give-awayer. Can't think of a beter way to say that. My Bookmooch inventory will have some real meat to it.
The connections to make on LT are so neat. I see that you just read and reviewed "Knots and Crosses", which I put on my wishlist two days ago. What an excellent review. I have read only "The Falls" from somewhere in the middle of the Rebus list, and wanted to start from the beginning. Your review made me look foward even more to starting and learning how Rebus develops.
Didn't mean to write an opus! Cheers, Kasey
Thank you for the link! That first picture makes me long to travel to a little seaside Italian village. *sigh*

Excellent review of "The Long Legged Fly."
I love that it's solved already. It's nice to know other people share my frivilous taste in literature.
Thanks for the welcome

I left Senators/Twins out of this count because I assumed "new" meant expansion teams, and did not include moved teams The move may have been 4 years earlier.. I just plain forgot the Angels.
I remember Pascual and Killebreew of senators I well. Iʻm not sure I ever saw Senators II

The outstanding players of senators II, as I remember it were ss Ed Brinkman and 1b Frank Howard. But Bob Short, the owner proved to be almost as bad as Griffith had been with Senators I , and he lost Brinkman (to the Tigers?), and eventually moved the team to Dallas/Fort Worth as the "Texas" Rangers. Of course managers JUST LOVE to lose a reliable shortstop! The Brinkman case was thought to be Ted Williamsʻs main reason for becoming disillusioned with the franchise. He is said also to have liked Washington better than Dallas/Fort Worth. He was retained just for the 1st year of the Rangers.
"Can you name the other two new teams (of the 1961 expansion)"? --Jim53 in the "You Know youʻre over 50...." Thread

If there were 3 altogether, the 3 were the "new "Washington Senators, the New York Mets, and the Houston Astros (originally called Colt 65s?). If there were 4, Montreal Expos were the 4th (?) As I remember it (I was following mostly the AL by that time) Senators II were a little better than Senators I had been in their last few years. Manager Ted Williams was named AL manager of the year, I think in his 1st year managing them, --on the strength of having finished as "high" as FOURTH in the 10-team league!

Has any other city had THREE franchises in the last 56* years ? (Senators I, (went to Minnesota) Senators II (went to Texas) And now Nationals , but that has been a moved team,not an expansion team.

* The "moving era began in 1953 with the Boston Braves moving to Miilwaukee. The ALʻs St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore (the same year?) and afre still where they moved to, which is more than the baraves can say.
Hi Jim - I hope you like Cataloochee - I found some of the old sayings quite funny and even if old Ezra turned out to be an SOB he cracked me up at times in the book. I read it just after I finished Ron Rash's Serena, which is set in the same time period and also explores the people's reaction to the idea of a National Park on their land. You might also enjoy Rash's fiction, I really have.
Cindy
Thanks for your note -- I love the Shore! Easton is very quaint and quirky -- it's perfect for me right now. I practically grew up on the OBX in the summers though, so there's a soft spot in my heart for NC as well. :o)
Hey! Saw on the GD you are reading a history of Bethesda. I'm from Silver Spring originally, so I thought I'd send you a note in case you're from MontCo. too.

Missy
Thanks, Jim! I rather thought so, too. :)
Ho! The Green Dragon folks may wonder about our antproof connection, but your mention made me smile aloud! The fact that we share so many other books (29) also is warming. Getting old isn't easy but having LT and "meeting" people like you really helps keep me going. Thank you.
Yes indeed, I am a hiker. Well done to your wife for her progress on the Appalachian trail. One of these days I might do the John Muir trail, if my knees hold up. The western hikes are really spectacular.
Gah! Too much birthday cake. I've have never felt like I assimilated TSMD and now I know that's true!
I haven't read In the Bleak Mid-winter but it's on my TBR. It looks good.
Yes, Bester... Sometimes I think I like him better than Dick. Sometimes. Demolished is my favorite. Which is yours?
Thanks! and Hello! Are you managing to stay dry?
HO! Glad to know someone is reading Antproof!! It's one of my all-time favorites! Esta1923
Hi Jim

Never did post in your birthday topic.. so a belated happy birthday to you...
55, right? we are practically twins!

:D

kath
Thanks for the nice words, Jim. Sometimes I forget that people are actually reading the reviews I post! (although I read others'.)

I haven't gotten around to Gene Wolf, but I keep thinking I should read him. Thanks for the recommendation.
Thanks for the note Jim. I just took a little look through your reviews and added a couple of books to my wish list - A Fine and Private Place and Dream Lucky. I was watching History Detectives last night on PBS and two stories were about FDR so Dream Lucky caught my eye.

I hope you enjoy the Sister Fidelma mysteries, I've only read the first couple, I keep thinking I will get back to Ireland for my next fix but that hasn't happened so I might have to do the internet thing to get more.

I'll be watching for your sense of humor on talk - Carol
Hope you enjoy Freddy. I picked it up last year -- it wasn't quite another Winter's Tale, but I liked it. Isn't LT great? I read my first Fforde this year because of all the positive comments I saw.
Hi Jim53-- nice to connect with you! I was just telling a colleague about Simon's Rock today. I hope your son enjoyed his experience there. Get him on LibraryThing and encourage him to start a Simon's Rock group :)
Hi Jim!

I'm so glad the stamps were a success. I had a lovely Christmas thank you - very quiet with my family and over to soon.

Best wishes for a very Happy New Year!
LadyN
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I'm so glad that you liked the books by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Where are you in the series now? I've read all of them so far and am completely amazed at how well she handles the relationships and keeps them fairly real. I believe there will only be one more book in the series, but she could change her mind. It's so hard to say goodbye to characters you love but you don't want them to become ridiculous either.
Jim, thanks so much for your comment..:)

I have not read any of the authors you mentioned but I have added them to my ever growing list. My current read is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, another author I learned from here. I guess I have been spending too much time in my middle school media center..:)
Glad to meet you, and I am glad my joke made ya chuckle. I have a few more great ones but I don't think I can post them on this family friendly site..:)
Take care,
Cat
A quick note to say thanks for the tip about adding links to the P & L message board. I`m not much good at this stuff, as you can probably tell !
Thanks for commenting about Takver (aka Takkie Girl). She just passed in the last year, and it's nice to be able to mention her in a fun way with folks who don't say "Takver?!? Why would you name your cat that???"
I am glad someone else is championing Gene Wolfe in the Green Dragon. I mentioned him so much early on that people have tuned me out on the subject. :-)
Welcome to Fforde Ffans! I hope you enjoy the group.
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