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About meMLS, geographer, epidemiologist, Pittsboro, NC - small town 18 miles S of CHill. Son grad. from Mac, St. Paul, 2006. Married 20+ yrs. Started w/ sci-fi and fantasy in 4th grade when mom ordered Tolkien and E. Nesbitt books from Blackwells. Grew up in NoVa, undergrad W&M & VPISU, grad school..all UNC-CH (go tar heel bball). 30+yrs ago - on the left...still on the left.
Also spouse, Patty, who, as of late, has been doing most of the entry on LT and enforcing stricter standards of data quality. Another geographer, met in our shared "office" (room w/ 4 desks) during grad school. She's also doing epidemiological data munching-analysis for/at the NIEHS. She keeps threatening to have UNC rescind my MLS...

Groups50-Something Library Thingers, BBC Radio 3 Listeners, Children's Fiction, Club Read 2009, Club Read 2010, Comics, Fairy Tales Retold, Group Reads - Sci-Fi, Le Salon des Amateurs de la Langue, Literary Snobsshow all groups

Favorite authorsEmma Bull, Peter Dickinson, Diane Duane, Laura Fargas, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Lisa Goldstein, Graham Greene, Patricia A. McKillip, Haruki Murakami, Garth Nix, Naomi Shihab Nye, Richard Powers, Tim Powers, Ekaterina Sedia, Anna Swir, J. R. R. Tolkien (Shared favorites)


Favorite librariesChatham Community Library, UNC University Libraries

Real nameBob McC...

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Member sinceDec 24, 2006

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Hi Bob, I'd definitely be interested in a small group. We haven't had a tv in years here. We got rid of cable when the first was born so it was only good for pbs and DVD's and when everything went digital we just gave the tv to Brant's niece. I find between netflix and hulu I can see almost everything including Buffy which I saw during it's original run. I have been reading A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles. It is huge and not available on kindle so I'm going to end up with arms like Madonna before I'm through. On the kindle I've jumped on the Song of Ice and Fire bandwagon and am up to A Storm of Swords. Breakfast at Breadman's sounds good, most days are pretty good schedule-wise. Don't get me started on Chapel Hill, I go down townonce a year now and I visit a few friends but really I'm thanking my lucky stars that Carrboro hasn't been hit by the Ugly Cartel.
An article I came across that you might be interested in.
Hey Bob, I just saw the Buffy Omnibus added to your collection. Didn't know you were a fan. I have most of season 8 which I don't have listed in my library, but I do have the panel to panel listed which is a fun read. How's the annual drought down your way?
I've been out of shelf space myself. I keep hinting to Brant that what I would really like is more bookshelves built. I think he's deliberately not taking the hint in the hopes that I just won't bring any more books into the house. My father gave me a kindle for my birthday and I love it, though it will never take the place of real books. It's left me room to buy books that simply would not work on a kindle because of the beauty of the book itself. anyhoo, happy reading
forgot to add that i enjoyed your review of The Age of Wonder, I've been looking at that for a while trying to make up my mind whether or not to get it.
Hi Bob, just checking in to see how you've been faring in this weather the last few weeks. If nothing else I did manage to get a lot of reading time in.
Hey Bob,

looked for your ClubRead2011 thread and cannot find it. It does not exist? Have you left? The end must be nigh!


Missing you.

Hey, Bob, long time no read! Aww, is that your dog up there? I've been coveting other people's pooches lately--in a non sequitur, I'll probably get a cat... soon. Or, as my brother advises, "start small, start safe--a pet rock."

Have not read Matsuura. Gibson, I read only "Neuromancer", thought it terrific. Heard a lot of good about the Alex Ross book (used to read him in the New Yorker--we had dim sum together once, brought about by mutual friends), I'm sure I'll get to it eventually.

Hope all is well with you!
Thanks for all that good info, especially about scholarships, "need", etc. I got a National Merit Scholarship to Pepperdine University in 1971, which paid for half my schooling (at that time credits were $59/each!) and that seemed wonderful.

I'll look into Asheville. Heck, if she goes there, we'll get to go to Biltmore more frequently than we do!


Hi Bob:

Good hearing from you. Nope, daughter hasn't decided, although she's interested in Appalachian, Pfeifer, Meredith, and Guilford. I'm not sure if we can afford to send her to private schools without loans - she might get a music scholarship, possibly, remotely, but not an academic one - and we're in the midst of marching season so can't go college shopping for a while. We're getting lots of mail from a variety of schools. I can't wait for it to be this time next year - the decision will have been made, she'll be in school, and things will be more settled. I'll miss her terribly, but she's independent like me and can't wait to be off on her own. Sigh. In addition to school and band and Jazz band, she's working at The Brewery as a hostess occasionally. Thank goodness she has her own truck now, otherwise we'd be more busy with her activities than we already are.

Love your pics. Is that an Airdale? I love how they look. At one point I had Dobermans, but that was long ago in California. Our 5 kitties are 14 1/2, 14 1/2 (litter mates), 12, 10, and 4. I think the gecko is 4 too. The fish come and go.

I got about 25 books for $88 - bought them on the first day of the sale and scored some excellent books. I had been disappointed in the spring sale, so this was quite exciting. I've been to the library twice and although the shelves are still pretty empty, I like the layout and the fireplaces (controversy notwithstanding) and just the general feel of it.

I now officially have over 1000 tagged 'tbr', all of them legitimate. Since I read about 100 books a year, some re-reads, that'll last me a while for sure.

Take care-
Bob -- I read 1066 years ago -- probably in the early 1970s though I don't think a copy has survived in our library. It is truly a gem of hilarity.
I didn't get to hear much at the festival because it started raining. No complaints though, I was extremely happy to get it, my yard was starting to look like the dead sea.
I actually would love to have cork upstairs in our house since my sons are so very loud. But the whole moving out the furniture and moving it back in is just overwhelming. It's one my "one day" list.
Hi Bob, we don't live in one of the mill houses, I lived in one on Lindsay St. until I got married, we do live off of Poplar St though. My husband put in those floors and finished them with a tung oil finish.
Hi Bob, don't know if you read the millions blog but they have a nice essay on YA fiction today.
Hi Bob, pleased to meet you. My sons are only 3 and 9. The oldest is quite the reader but he has his own librarything account for his collections. I keep meaning to get to flyleaf books, I've heard a lot about it I also used to love the Bullshead back when I was in college and parking wasn't such a nightmare. You have the library of a music lover, do play. I'm a violinist/violist myself. I play in Pittsboro sometimes with the Pittsboro Bach Society.
Mailed it yesterday, priority. Enjoy! - Lois
PS--If you're not sure you'll like the performance, of course it's safer to get it from the UNC music library and preview if possible...
You're not bugging me. :) Buy a new recording! Buy a new recording! I don't usually bother if it's a piece that I think is just ok, but if the piece is a favorite of mine, I tend to collect tons of new recordings. Especially ones that are off the beaten path of the usual interpretations.

I taught fugue on Thur and so went sifting through a dozen or more recordings of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Picked out two to play for the students, and then ended up playing them neither, because I was playing the piece myself for them, and we ran out of time. But it was nice to take a spin through all those recordings again.

I'm glad to hear that UNC beat NCSU. Maybe they can make a deep run into the ACC tournament, and either sneak into the NCAA tournament, or at least play in and win the NIT (often a springboard to future success, if I remember correctly).

Pitt's in great shape for the tournament. Hopefully the Panthers will finish in the top four of the Big East standings (currently tied for third with WVU), and have a first round bye for the Big East Tournament. These past four days have seen quite a few upsets, with Syracuse, Villanova, WVU, and Georgetown all succumbing to lesser opponents. My other alma mater, the State University of New Jersey (Rutgers), played admirably in being Georgetown at the RAC. Hopefully RU will finish the season on an up note, and Fred Hill (very nice guy and a good recruiter) will stay on as head coach.

I'm not sure that Pitt has ever been to the Final Four, certainly not in the past 50 years. The basketball team was mediocre, at best, when I was a med student there (93-97), with two or three NIT appearances and no seasons with more than 20 wins. The teams played in the decrepit Fitzgerald Field House (capacity
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