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mstrust #5- The Spy Who Came Into The BBC

This is a continuation of the topic mstrust #4- The BBC bobs its hair.

This topic was continued by mstrust #6- The BBC's Complaint.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Jun 13, 2018, 12:04pm Top

Welcome to fifth location of The B (ooks) B(ooze) and C(hocolate). The books are limitless, the cocktail glasses are bottomless and the employees are often legless.

2018 Reads

1. Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails- 5 stars
2. Backstrom: He Who Kills The Dragon- 3 stars- Nordic Mysteries Group
3. What Does This Button Do?- 4 stars
4. The Man in the Picture- 4.5 stars- Gothic Mysteries Group
5. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles- 4 stars
6. Once Upon A Dreadful Time- 4.5 stars
7. Addicted to Americana- 5 stars
8. The Hidden Art of Disney's Late Golden Age- 4 stars
9. Mrs. Harris Goes to New York- 3 stars
10. Thanks For The Money- 4.2 stars
11. Fairest Of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen- 3 stars
12. The Subway Chronicles- 3.5 stars
13. It's In The Book- 3 stars
14. Grifter's Game- 4 stars
15. iZombie: Six Feet Under and Rising- 4.2 stars
16. Hottest Heads Of State- 4 stars
17. Henry VIII- 4 stars
18. They Do It With Mirrors- 3.5 stars Female Sleuth Group
19. Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes-3.5 stars- ScaredyKit-Survival/Disasters
20. iZombie: Repossession- 4.5 stars
21. Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling- 4.2 stars
22. The Martian-3.5 stars- Survival/Disaster Group
23. Pink Ladies and Crimson Gents- 4.5 stars
24. More Stories from The Twilight Zone- 4 stars- Scaredy-Kit Weird Fiction Group
25. Fodor's Seattle- 5 stars
26. The Road to Little Dribbling- 4.5 stars
27. Let Us All Eat Cake-4 stars
28. Faceless Killers-2.5 stars- Global Mysteries Group
29. Howard's End is on the Landing-4.5 stars
30. So I'm A Heel- 3 stars
31. Stories from The Twilight Zone- 4.5 stars Scaredy-Kit Weird Fiction Group
32. Matilda- 5 stars
33. Bettyville- 4.5 stars
34. Rendezvous in Black- 4.2 stars Classic and Golden Age Mystery Group
35. Motorhead: Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers- 4 stars
36. Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes- 5 stars
37. We Should Have Left Well Enough Alone-4.2 stars ScaredyKit- Supernatural
38. A Penknife in My Heart- 3.5 stars Golden Age Mystery Group
39. I Love Everybody- 4 stars
40. Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House- 3.5 stars
41. Slightly Chipped- 4.2 stars
42. The Bad Beginning-4 stars
43. The Sociopath Next Door- 4.5 stars ScaredyKit- Close To Home
44. The Reptile Room- 4 stars
45. I'm A Stranger Here Myself- 4 stars
46. Mr. Monk Goes To Germany- 4.2 stars- Mysteries Involving Transit
47. Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club- 3.5 stars
48. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop: A Curious Alphabet- 4 stars
49. The Man From the Train- 4.5 stars
50. I Should Have Stayed Home- 4 stars
51. King Kong- 3.5 stars

Edited: May 5, 2018, 3:28pm Top

We have many, many book filled rooms which you are free to get lost in. We almost always find our customers before they starve.
The patisserie and tiki lounge are open 24 hours a day, so there's no need to leave.

We have books, food and drink. Your family will be fine without you. Take it from Store Manger Bernard, who hasn't stepped outside in three years:

May 5, 2018, 3:33pm Top

Come in and just see what we've done with the place!

May 5, 2018, 3:34pm Top

And I'm the first customer! Hand me that list of your new drink specials, please.

May 5, 2018, 3:39pm Top

Happy new one, Jennifer! Maybe this time I will actually keep up.

May 5, 2018, 3:42pm Top

>4 RidgewayGirl: No need, you are indeed the first customer, and this is all for you:

We'll mop around you.

>5 Crazymamie: Hope you can! Glad you made it!

May 5, 2018, 3:59pm Top

Those gold coins were a little hard to swallow, but it was otherwise delicious!

May 5, 2018, 4:21pm Top

Happy new thread!

May 5, 2018, 5:05pm Top

Happy new thread, Jennifer, and congratulations on becoming a library volunteer. I envy you all that time reorganzing the shelves! I am continuing to watch Fear The Walking Dead, and am enjoying it a lot.

May 5, 2018, 5:27pm Top

Happy new thread, Jennifer, not sure if I ever want to step out of here ;-)

Edited: May 5, 2018, 5:55pm Top

>7 RidgewayGirl: :-D Congratulations on your prize! I expect the umbrella gave you some trouble too.

>8 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

>9 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy! I'm keeping up with this season's FTWD too. I think the change of both the show runner and the new cast members is proof that they realized that making that boring woman Madison the show lead was a mistake. The death of Nick was a shock, wasn't it? I understand that he asked to be written off.

>10 FAMeulstee: Good to see you, Anita! There's no reason to go outside, I've been there and it's awful.

We have chocolate.

May 5, 2018, 6:04pm Top

Happy new thread, Jennifer! I was rather surprised, but pleased, at lunch today to find my old standby rye choice available for Old Fashioneds. It has been many years since I've been able to get Old Overholt while out at a restaurant with bar.

May 5, 2018, 6:52pm Top

Happy new thread!

May 6, 2018, 8:11am Top

I'm in!

May 6, 2018, 8:15am Top

Happy new thread to all at the BBC. XX

May 6, 2018, 9:12am Top

Happy new one, Jennifer! I'm inhaling deeply all the book lusciousness of your topper. It's almost as intoxicating as the bar's concoctions.

Edited: May 6, 2018, 11:37am Top

Morning, everybody.

>12 harrygbutler: Your lucky day, my friend! If it's that hard to find in restaurants, carry your own and slam it on the table. That'll impress 'em.

>13 figsfromthistle: Thank you!

>14 SomeGuyInVirginia: I was wondering when I'd see you!

>15 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul!

>16 Carmenere: Hey, Lynda's here! Oh, you noticed our smells!

May 7, 2018, 11:20am Top

44. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket. In the second book of the series, Mr. Poe takes the Baudelaire children to live with Uncle Monty Montgomery, a kind snake expert. Finally experiencing some happiness, the children are horrified when Uncle Monty's new assistant arrives. 4 stars

May 8, 2018, 2:49am Top

Happy new thread! Looks like you're busy, so let me pour my own coffee!

May 8, 2018, 6:41am Top

Happy new one, Jennifer. I love the topper.

May 8, 2018, 10:46am Top

The version of Dracula that includes Tim Curry as a narrator is on sale today! Woot!

Edited: May 8, 2018, 11:46am Top

>19 VivienneR: Hi, Vivienne! Thanks for helping, I did have a busy day. Good to see you!

>20 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. It's the most organized the shop will ever be.

>21 SomeGuyInVirginia: I had to go check it out, even though I don't have Audible. A Tim Curry narration is always cause for excitement! I haven't listened to an audio book in years, but I'm going to see how many Currys I can find at the library. Oh, maybe I can talk them into a Curry display!

I left Bernard in charge and Mike and I met friends at a Bosnian restaurant last night and stuffed ourselves. We had both cheese and meat pitas, sausage sandwiches, an excellent bean soup with beef, everyone else had stuffed cabbage that they said was excellent (I don't eat anything where cabbage is highlighted), baklava, and a sort of doughnut covered in a cold, sweet glaze. Also, Turkish coffee. We seem to have formed an eating club with this other couple, and the discussion for the next time included Cuban and ramen.

May 8, 2018, 4:27pm Top

50 pages in, I'm sending Gently Go Man by Alan Hunter on it's way, even though I've liked the Gentlys I've read before. This story centers around the possible murder of a young man who crashed his motorcycle, and as he was a member of the local beatniks, I got tired pretty quickly of wading through conversations such as:
"Like he was a jeebie," she said. "Cool. He went for it way out."
"Tell me about the jeebies," Gently said.
"You wouldn't dig it," said Maureen. "If you're a square you're a square. It's nowhere jazz to a square. But Laurie was cool, he went after it. Shooting the ton, that sort of action. But like I say you wouldn't dig it. So what's the use me talking?"

Yep, that's exactly how it's written. My eyes can't roll any harder.

May 9, 2018, 10:51am Top

If Bruce Lee says no, then it's no. That no finger is also the one he can pull your heart out with.

You should get an Audible account, or at least consider it. If you get the 24 credits/year plan, any book is only about 10 bucks.

I had terrible dreams last night and I'm as jumpy as a cat in a room full of rockers.

May 9, 2018, 10:57am Top

>22 mstrust: If you're open to young adult fantasy that's really excellent, he also narrates Sabriel. I big-heart-eyes-emoji Tim Curry and he does a wonderful job with this one.

May 9, 2018, 11:55am Top

>24 SomeGuyInVirginia: This book was saved from Lee's roundhouse kick because Gently is usually pretty engaging for me. I hope this one was the only clunker in the series.
I have the regular Prime account, but I just don't have long commutes or other built-in times to sit and listen. I don't sit still for very long.
That must have been some dream. Let go of your co-worker and go make some chamomile tea. If the walkers get in, you'll hear the moaning in plenty of time.

>25 Miss_Moneypenny: I do read YA occasionally, so thanks for pointing out another Curry. It appears that he's back to voice-over work, at least, so that's great. I hope to see him fully recovered.

May 9, 2018, 1:07pm Top

>23 mstrust: That dialogue is rather...horrible.

>17 mstrust: Many years ago, when I was a regular patron at a place while I was in graduate school, the bartender did order it to have on hand just for me. But that was long ago, and we don't really go any particular place for drinks often enough to try to arrange for the same consideration today.

May 9, 2018, 5:58pm Top

Well, maybe you're a square, man, and squares can't dig it. No, you're right, the dialogue was dire.
I'm afraid I'd never heard of your favorite and had to look it up.

Coral had a vet appointment this morning to have a look at a lump on her leg, and the doctor scheduled surgery for tomorrow morning.

May 9, 2018, 8:43pm Top

>28 mstrust: Hey, I'm hep! :-)

Old Overholt was a standby during the long years when straight rye was hard to find. There are tastier ones available now, but it's fine. Not too rough, despite being relatively inexpensive.

I hope the surgery goes well and that recovery is swift!

May 9, 2018, 10:05pm Top

Poor Coral, hope all goes well with the surgery.

And, yes, I was surprised that Nick was taken out I always found him the most interesting one in the family. I guess it was time for him to move on to other things.

May 9, 2018, 11:33pm Top

Yes, here's to Coral's fast recovery!

May 10, 2018, 12:59am Top

>18 mstrust: I love Lemony Snicket!! And I met him in person this past year. He was so funny. Good luck to Coral.

May 10, 2018, 4:54am Top

Good luck to Coral. Sending lots of pisitive vibes.

May 10, 2018, 8:35am Top

>25 Miss_Moneypenny: I heartily concur with the recommendation of Sabriel and sequels, of course. I read a paper copy, so don't have an opinion on the audiobook, but Tim Curry. So it's gotta be good!

May 10, 2018, 12:29pm Top

Coral went to the vet's around 7 am and I got the call at 8:30 that she was out of surgery and doing fine. We can pick her up after noon.

>29 harrygbutler: Sounds like you have a comfort drink. And maybe it's just right for your tastebuds. Thanks for thinking of Coral.

>30 DeltaQueen50: Everything went well, thank you.
I agree, Nick was by far the most interesting of that family. It seems that the actor had gotten bored with the character though, since Nick was no longer a drug addict and had straightened up.

>31 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks, Larry!

>32 Berly: Lucky! I'd like to see him do a reading, I think he'd be fun.
Thanks for thinking of Coral!

>33 Ameise1: Thank you, the vibes worked!

>34 drneutron: Well, a recommendation that's been seconded must be good! It's on my WL!

May 10, 2018, 1:53pm Top

Glad to hear Coral is doing well. Hope she and the cone of shame get on. ;)

May 10, 2018, 4:21pm Top

That's a relief.

Not the Cone of Shame!

May 10, 2018, 8:27pm Top

>36 MickyFine: Thanks, Mickey, and I'm relieved to say that they didn't put the cone on her. One little dog can only take so much.

>37 SomeGuyInVirginia: A big relief! She came home completely stoned with her leg all bandaged and the other leg shaved from the IV. She drank water, threw up twice, paced the house for half and hour, then finally settled down to sleep. The good news is that the vet doesn't think it's cancer. I'll take it!

May 10, 2018, 9:09pm Top

I'm glad Coral's surgery went well. Here's hoping everything heals quickly.

May 11, 2018, 11:16am Top

Thanks, and I'm happy to say that she's walking around, though with a limp. She's also eating and fighting me over taking her medication, so much better than yesterday.

May 11, 2018, 11:25am Top

Friday's "Wwwhaattt?!" of the week:

Gelato! Fish & Chips gelato! An Australian burger restaurant does this, a fried fish flavored gelato with batter topping and a french fry stuck in.

Edited: May 11, 2018, 11:39am Top

45. I'm A Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson. A collection of London newspaper essays Bryson wrote in the late 90's to 2000. They are about moving back to America after living in the U.K. for twenty years, so Bryson was moving back to the States with an English wife and children. Many of the essays were very funny, Bryson's trademark, with his joy of discovering all the American junk food that had been invented in his absence, and the difference between British and American dining experiences, and taking his family to a drive-in movie, something they didn't understand at all.
Reading through a stack of Bryson books though, and you'll become familiar with angry, scolding Bryson, which appears here several times. My edition was published in 2000, and he's angry at Congress, at immigration red tape, and infuriated by computers and tax forms. I'm guessing he's still angry. 4 stars

May 11, 2018, 6:23pm Top

>17 mstrust: Argh! It just keeps spilling! I can't stop it!

Also, you're making me wonder if I should try Lemony Snickett again. I read the first book at least, ages ago, but wasn't enthralled. Tim Curry might make all the difference in the world.

May 11, 2018, 6:27pm Top

Yay! Glad Coral is on the mend!!
Everything looks incredibly normal here. Hope everyone else is ok ;0)
Have a good weekend!

May 11, 2018, 9:03pm Top

>43 evilmoose: That's the same experience I had with Lemony Snicket all those years ago. I read the first, The Bad Beginning, and it didn't work for me then. Now I really liked it. In the interim, I listened to a couple of the Tim Curry audiobooks and really liked them, and of course, the tv show is so fun. I became a fan.

>44 Carmenere: Yes she is! Though I spoke too soon when I posted this morning, as she threw up in the hallway behind me as I was on the computer. She's had a pretty good day, considering. And her appetite is back.
Have a great weekend!

May 11, 2018, 11:26pm Top

So glad Coral is over the surgery! Give her a hug.

I'll take a pass on Friday's "Wwwhaattt?!" Ughh!

May 12, 2018, 11:31am Top

Coral was just trying to show you, admittedly in a graphic manner, that she was alright and the proof is in the pudding.

It's supposed to be in the middle 90s here at Dad's but I don't know because my phone doesn't display the time and temperature on the home screen so now I have to go outside and see how hot it is like I was in Soviet Russia or something.

May 12, 2018, 12:53pm Top

>46 VivienneR: Thanks so much, Viv! She's feeling like her old self, refusing to eat her dog food and demanding belly rubs.
I thought fish and chips gelato was unusual, and unappetizing, but it seems you and I are the only ones who think so. It might be that everyone else is thinking, "Mmm-mmm, now that's just what I've been waiting for!"

>47 SomeGuyInVirginia: What a stubborn little dog. The pills must be bitter, and they're big enough that she's able to spit them on the floor while she eats the cheddar cheese that was wrapped around them, so then it's a struggle to get her to swallow them. Why don't they mix a little powdered liver or malt into pet medication? Or better yet, make a liquid version?
Yesterday was 102 here, but we've dropped down to about 98 for the next week. Of course you shouldn't have to experience the weather for yourself, we're not barbarians.

And I'm guessing that Mike didn't make the restaurant reservation for tomorrow, as I told him to do two weeks ago. I also don't believe he's bought his mom a gift yet. I bought his card for him a few weeks ago, and my mom received her package on Thursday. Do I sound smug?

May 13, 2018, 1:16am Top

Happy new thread, Jennifer. Thanks for the lemon bar receipt on your last thread. Good luck with getting your little dog to take her meds. Giving medicine to pets is even worse than giving it to kids.

May 13, 2018, 11:54am Top

Thanks! I hope you like the lemon bars. This morning's med attempt had me grinding the pill up and mixing in her breakfast. Which she's refusing to eat because she saw me doing something unusual.

May 13, 2018, 11:54am Top

Happy Mother's Day!

May 14, 2018, 6:29pm Top

Animals! Parker licks his butt and he won't eat a pill. The vet put him on Xanax for office visits and he won't take them so I put them in a Pez dispenser and pop them like breath mints. I freaking love the vet.

May 15, 2018, 12:12pm Top

Sounds like things really worked out for you. At least one of you looks forward to seeing the vet.
Coral is a hyper alert dog who, even after two and a half years with us, believes that this is the day I've decided to poison her. So we've resorted to just sticking them in her mouth and rubbing her throat til she swallows, and even then she tries to work them back up with her tongue.
The vet happens to be a friend of Mike's who did the surgery for next to nothing, so Mike is taking him a big bottle of scotch this morning. Between the two of us, don't we make going to the vet sounds like so much fun?

May 15, 2018, 12:58pm Top

>51 mstrust: Ha!

Happy new thread! :)

May 15, 2018, 1:51pm Top

Thanks, Chelle, good to see you!

Edited: May 15, 2018, 9:44pm Top

46. Mr. Monk Goes To Germany by Lee Goldberg. When Monk's therapist goes to a psychiatric conference in a Medieval German village, thereby cancelling Monk's thrice weekly appointments, Monk can't cope. So he demands that he and personal assistant Natalie will follow Dr. Kroger to Germany and demand his appointments be kept, something that Natalie realizes is intrusive, but how many chances will she have to go to Germany?
While stalking the doctor, Monk spots a man he's been looking for for many years, and he also manages to solve a couple of German murders while trying to convince the local police to help him with his own suspect.
This was written by one of writers of the tv show, and his neurotic, demanding Monk is spot on, which means that if you like the show, you'll likely enjoy this, and if you don't like the show you should skip this. I liked both. 4 .2 stars

I read this now for the Mysteries Involving Transit group.

May 17, 2018, 10:26am Top

Glad to hear Coral is on the mend. Good luck with the poisoning...I mean pills.

May 17, 2018, 12:20pm Top

She's doing really well, thanks. I've been weaning her off the medication for a few days and she seems her old self. She gets her sutures out Monday morning.

And the next day, Seattle!

May 17, 2018, 2:34pm Top

Huzzah! I mean, why?

May 17, 2018, 9:14pm Top

Why am I weaning Coral off the pain medication? Because she seems to have healed quickly and she's bouncing around without it. Also I don't want her stealing money from Mommy's purse to by her drugs.
Or did you mean why Seattle? Because marionberries, huckleberries, coffee, The Seattle Aquarium, The Museum of Pop Culture, seafood, The Elliot Bay Book Company, Puget Sound, jazz clubs... oh, and Top Pot Doughnuts.

And once again, Mike discovered that hackers have used his business account. This is the third time in 16 months. On Monday Mike used the card here in Arizona, while someone in Georgia bought $21 and someone in Kansas bought $700. It's always games and apps. Mike has to go to the bank, get his card replaced, get reimbursed. And we got LifeLock after the last time, which was just a few months ago. He called them and asked how his account could be hacked when he pays them to make sure it doesn't, and he was told that he doesn't get credit card monitoring because he would have to pay double the amount he currently does to get that. So, we've been paying them for months for essentially nothing. Neither LifeLock nor our bank had a red flag go up that the card was being used in three states on one day and no one called him to verify the purchases were real.

May 18, 2018, 10:27am Top

Ugh, that is so damn annoying. It's got to be kids buying the data on the dark web. I wonder where the breach is?

May 18, 2018, 10:46am Top

Yeah, I'm sure it's kids too, since they aren't using it on buying a car or at a bar, and it's clear they're boys as they aren't buying clothes or manicures. I think someone has sold Mike's SS#. The initial $21 purchase seems like scouting to make sure the numbers worked, which is what has happened the other two times as well, small purchase, then huge purchase. And no one goes searching for the thieves. The bank doesn't care at all, Mike filled out a police report last time it happened and there was no follow up. And Apple refused to give us the information about the illegal use of his own account last time. Someone charged $800 to Mike's dormant account and Apple told us we would have to get a subpoena to see the charges, so they work to protect the thief rather than the customer.

May 18, 2018, 10:47am Top

It's Friday.

Your weekend will be just fine.

May 18, 2018, 10:57am Top

Good morning, Jennifer! Glad to hear that Coral is recovering so well.

Sorry to hear about the problems Mike has been having. I've been fortunate the one or two (known) times people tried to use my credit card number for purchases, as my bank was good about contacting me immediately. I hope he's able to get some useful protection for his accounts going forward.

>63 mstrust: Our dog hasn't eaten lipstick, but since she has been on constant medication and a restricted diet that keep her both fairly hungry and craving variety, she has been inclined to munch on things that she would have ignored before — including a leather fountain pen case (luckily with no pen inside) and most recently (a few nights ago) a bag of peanuts in shell that she was able to reach.

May 18, 2018, 4:29pm Top

Hi, Harry! Coral is doing very well, thanks. She's back to having bionic hearing for the sound of a food package being opened.
You would think that a bank would have some kind of built-in alert when the same credit card is being used in three states in the same day, wouldn't you? Apparently this doesn't make anyone even a little curious.
Sorry about your pen case! I can see Coral going after the peanuts. We came home once to find two cantaloupes that had been on the kitchen counter were now on the floor, each with a bite in them. Not deep enough to have gotten to the good inside, just big, shallow bites on each. Because she had to check both.

May 19, 2018, 2:45pm Top

Yes, I think 3 states in one day would definitely be a red flag, especially considering my card was once declined by my bank at a Schlotzsky's in Phoenix. When I called to ask why they said it was red flagged because I usually don't eat there!

May 19, 2018, 3:23pm Top

Wow, now that would be annoying too. Like you have to inform the cc company before you try anything new. ;-)

I've started getting my clothes together for the trip, and I just booked us on a True Crime walking tour for next Saturday. Mike is very interested in doing a underground tour too.

May 20, 2018, 12:28pm Top

Yes, it was pretty embarrassing since I was with some coworkers, but luckily it's the only time that happened.

Have a great trip!

Edited: May 20, 2018, 6:22pm Top

>67 mstrust: Oh oh oh! I want pics of the True Crime tour!

>68 PaperbackPirate: I used my cc card to buy a bunch of Kindle books from Amazon one day, and when I went to get my car out of the garage the card was declined. Apparently after 12 purchases Visa locks the card for the rest of the day. Really embarrassing. I had to call the 800 number to get them to unfreeze the card.

May 20, 2018, 5:48pm Top

>67 mstrust: Your Seattle tours sound like fun. I went on an underground tour in Edinburgh. Very interesting.

May 20, 2018, 6:52pm Top

>68 PaperbackPirate: Mike went ahead and told his cc company to notify him immediately every time the card is used, so today his phone was pinging in his pocket as soon as he was making purchases. I told him to notify them that we'll be in another state for a week. It sucks that you have to be tracked so that someone on the other side of the country doesn't steal from you. It almost makes you nostalgic for pickpockets. At least they had to take a chance on being caught and beaten by a mob.
Thanks, I'm getting excited!

>69 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'll post picks of many wonderful things! I'm really looking forward to the walking tour. And the fact that Seattle's expected heat wave will be 75-78F! Ha, that's winter in Phoenix!
I think most cc companies have some kind of flagging system, but twelve purchases is kind of random.

>70 Familyhistorian: We also plan on taking a ferry to Bainbridge Island and visiting some wineries there. I'm a highly organized vacationer, to put it mildly, and we come home tired but happy.

Edited: May 21, 2018, 9:41am Top

>65 mstrust: I've seen that sort of thing on vegetables in our garden. One bite taken out of every one. Clearly it wasn't actually tasty, but the smell of food was too overwhelming for whatever little creature was trying them.

Have a fun trip!

May 21, 2018, 10:05am Top

I'm glad Coral is doing well. And the credit card thing is annoying. I think it depends on the company - do let them know you'll be in Seattle. In the case of one card, it took them two months to realize that I was buying things in Germany, in another case, my card was frozen the first time I tried to use it on a trip (which is the least convenient thing to happen).

May 21, 2018, 11:03am Top

Have a great trip! Looking forward to hearing all about it :)

May 21, 2018, 12:17pm Top

>72 harrygbutler: Ha, that would be so annoying to put in all that effort and then have them tested for you!

>73 RidgewayGirl: She's just come back from having her sutures out and is sitting under the dining room table. Apparently it isn't a good time.
Oh no, that would be the worst time to have your card frozen! Traveling, or if your trying to pay a ransom. So embarrassing.

>74 rabbitprincess: Thanks, Princess! I'll be inspired by your many happy vacations!

Currently packing and still doing laundry. We'll be in Seattle about 1pm tomorrow.

May 21, 2018, 3:09pm Top

Have a great time! And do try to not get on the news. This time.

May 21, 2018, 5:31pm Top

Thanks, Larry! I always try not to make a spectacle of myself but sometimes it can't be helped.

May 21, 2018, 6:15pm Top

Well of course you can't, because you were brought up right.

May 21, 2018, 8:14pm Top

May 22, 2018, 12:46am Top

>63 mstrust: LOL!!! That is too sadly cute! Sorry about the bank card stuff. Glad to see you getting excited for your trip to Seattle!

May 22, 2018, 9:23am Top

Hope you have a great trip! I've never been to Seattle.

May 22, 2018, 5:11pm Top

Hi Jennifer, I guess you are in Seattle by now - you certainly chose a great time as the weather today is beautiful here in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy your trip! We just got home yesterday from our road trip down the coast of Washington State.

May 22, 2018, 8:54pm Top

We landed in Seattle at 1pm and got to the hotel. We pretty much dropped the bags in the room and took off for Pike Place. We had salmon devilled eggs with salmon roe and salmon pasta for lunch, and a cup of blackberry apple cider and a scoop of huckleberry ice cream.
I'll respond to each of you later, we're having a quick break in the room before going out again. I'm having trouble adjusting to the weather. It's only 73, which is fantastic, yet I'm pantng from the humidity.

May 23, 2018, 3:47pm Top

Ohmygodohmygodohmygod! I can't breath! Las Vegas bartenders have vote to approve a strike is their demands aren't met!

I don't care WHAT they want, give it to them!

Meanwhile on Earth, how's Seattle?

May 23, 2018, 8:35pm Top

Seattle is full of seafood, coffee, and doughnuts. Also, homeless people. We went to the aquarium and Ivar's fish bar today.
Last night was dinner and sangria at a fantastic Spanish tapes restaurant. Tonight we're going to a tiki night at Rumba's.

May 24, 2018, 1:12pm Top

How was the tiki night? Do they have cool mugs?

May 24, 2018, 1:43pm Top

Tiki night was great. Good, very generous cocktails, tiki carvings, and the bar carries 150 types of rum. The bartender was making something interesting right in front of me and he explained that he was experimenting with a Lava Flow, and then gave it to me.
We're on the ferry to Bainbridge island now.

May 26, 2018, 3:08pm Top

I work with a woman who is from Bainbridge island, or her grandparents are or something. I've always wanted to live on an island, it seems both romantic and rugged.

What else have you guys been doing?

May 27, 2018, 11:08am Top

Yesterday we went to the art museum, today we're going to the farmer's market in Ballard and Tuesday we're going back to Bainbridge island. So keeping busy and eating a lot. I'll have a more detailed list of everything. Yesterday I had a vanilla cupcake with lavender frosting and it was delicious.

May 27, 2018, 4:46pm Top

Sounds like you are enjoying your time in Seattle, Jennifer. Lots of things to do, see and eat - now that's a perfect vacation!

May 29, 2018, 12:23pm Top

Hi Judy! We're headed back to beautiful Bainbridge island today to visit a distillery and library.
We go home tomorrow.

May 29, 2018, 12:31pm Top

>80 Berly: Sorry for the delayed response, Kim. The rise of the machines continues... The ticket kiosk charged us three times for our ferry tickets, the last time while we were standing on the island. We were also charged twice at a restaurant and twice at the Nordic museum in Ballard! Consistency is important. At least we hear a ping now and know something happened.

May 29, 2018, 12:34pm Top

>81 ChelleBearss: Thanks Chelle! This has been a vacation that we both agreed has been one of contrasts. The weather is great, though not a drop of the rain we expected.

May 29, 2018, 12:36pm Top

>82 DeltaQueen50: I hope you had a wonderful trip! When I get back home I'll have a long list of all the things we've done here.

May 31, 2018, 3:05pm Top

We got home late last night. I have pics from both our phones and the camera to download, so it will be a days long process. Here are just a few so far:

Taken from the ferry

May 31, 2018, 3:06pm Top

May 31, 2018, 3:11pm Top

Nice! Did you take those with an iPhone?

May 31, 2018, 3:11pm Top

We ended up here a lot. I brought home bumbleberry and blackberry cobbler preserves and a hardcover copy of The Highest Tide by local writer Jim Lynch at a book store called, I think, BLMS. Also, on the bottom floor, pretty much the basement, is a little shop called Orange Dracula. The owner invites you in with, "It's Halloween year round here!" and they sell all kinds of horror movie and 60's-90's kitsch, plus Mike spent time playing their Dracula pinball machine.

May 31, 2018, 3:12pm Top

>97 SomeGuyInVirginia: The ones I'm posting today are all from our Canon digital camera, but I'll be putting up some from our phones too in a day or two.

May 31, 2018, 3:16pm Top

From the Museum of Pop Culture, a fun place. See the guy to the left? That's how massive this thing is. I have a lot of pics from this museum, as they had an exhibit devoted to Star Trek in all its variations, a fantasy section, a Jimi Hendrix room and a Nirvana room, which was nearly the smallest room and the most crowded.

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The most fun exhibit for me was "Scared To Death", a look at horror movies and why we like them. They had many of the original props from famous movies, such as Jack's axe from "The Shining", a machete from "Dawn of the Dead", one of the Aliens and one of the Mike Myers masks from "Halloween":

and The Governor's tank of heads from "The Walking Dead":

Just as an aside, anyone hear the Andrew Lincoln rumors?

May 31, 2018, 3:25pm Top

We took the ferry to Bainbridge Island twice because it was so beautiful. 25 minutes from Seattle, this is the most lushly green place possible. It's filled with an amazing variety of trees and flowering plants, and trails into the woods everywhere. Of course, we went to the distillery. I'll have many more pics later, but these are all we've cropped so far.

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And I got through just one little book. We'd come back to the room so tired that I'd drop off after two pages.

47. The Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers. When elderly General Fentiman is found dead in an arm chair at the club, it seems clear that he died of heart failure due to his age, but Lord Peter Wimsey happens to be present when the body is found and he notices a few things that make him question whether it was natural or murder. With an odd will that names the beneficiaries according to the exact time of Fentiman's death, Wimsey has to make an annoyance of himself to everyone concerned. 3.5 stars

May 31, 2018, 6:11pm Top

>101 mstrust: Oooo! The Governor's tank of heads!

Speaking of TWD actor news, I saw a headline that said "Diane Kruger pregnant with boyfriend Norman Reedus"... sounds painful :-/

Looks like you had a great time. Love the sailboat picture, too -- the blues of the sky and sea are gorgeous!

May 31, 2018, 6:22pm Top

Hi, Jennifer! Sounds like a fun vacation indeed! I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing more, and getting a report on the distillery.

May 31, 2018, 7:33pm Top

>104 rabbitprincess: That exhibit was full of lots of surprising things, so I'll put more pics up. And I had not seen the Reedus/Kruger story, so I had to look it up. The one I'd read a bit of was that Lincoln is expected to leave (be killed off) in this upcoming season. I hope it isn't true.
The views from Seattle are gorgeous, and I have some where the sky and water are so perfectly matched that you can tell the difference just by thin strip of land in the shot.

>105 harrygbutler: Hi Harry! There will be more, and we have good shots of the distillery, and the tiki night at a nearby rum bar.

May 31, 2018, 8:59pm Top

>106 mstrust: Hm, after eight (?) seasons, I can't say I'd blame him if he wanted to do something else for a while. But if he leaves, they should just end the show at this point, I think.

Jun 1, 2018, 10:19am Top

Welcome back! It looks like you had a great time in Seattle!

Jun 1, 2018, 12:16pm Top

>107 rabbitprincess: If it's true, it's a mystery to me. They get two very long breaks a year to go do whatever else they want, and several of the cast members have made movies and been in plays during that time. I'm wondering if he was just that angry about Carl being killed off, as Lincoln talked about being shocked to learn of that.

And since we were gone for over a week, we just watched the series finale of "The Middle" last night. I love that show, and it was sad to see it go. But at least Brick ended up being a famous author.

>108 figsfromthistle: Thanks! We had both a good time and an irritating time :-D.
The weather turned cooler, seafood, coffee and bakeries are plentiful, which makes it my kind of town. I drank a lot of coffee there because I wanted to try them all. Downsides included our hotel sticking us in a second floor room right above the pool and sauna. Right over. Look down and there was the sauna under our window, so for Friday through Sunday it was screaming children and adults in the sauna having really loud conversations that went on for hours and sounded like they were seated next to us. We didn't spend that much time in the room, but coming back just to rest awhile was annoying. I got nowhere talking to the front desk, they kept saying we couldn't switch rooms, so we cornered a manager on the sidewalk Monday morning and suddenly we had a new room next to a quiet courtyard.

Jun 1, 2018, 1:32pm Top

Glad you are safely back, Jennifer.
Thanks for sharing the pictures. I love the first two, nice to see the city from the water. Your trip to the island sounds great, so much green AND a distillery. Must be the perfect place to live! ;-)

Jun 1, 2018, 3:21pm Top

Thanks, Anita! I'm glad you liked the pics, but with views such as that, it's hard to take a bad picture. I'll have more pics up either tonight or tomorrow.

And I made time to watch the PBS Great American Read. Fantastic! And also, "Oh no, another stack of books to get to..."

Jun 2, 2018, 8:29am Top

Great photos! Glad you enjoyed your trip!

Jun 2, 2018, 3:08pm Top

Thanks, Chelle!

Edited: Jun 2, 2018, 3:11pm Top

Ok, more trip pics.

The view from our window flying in-

From the Museum of Pop Culture, the Star Trek exhibit, here's one of Leonard Nimoy's original costumes:

Jun 2, 2018, 3:15pm Top

And from the horror movie exhibit. There was a small chapel-like structure with each wall covered in "stained glass" (actually plastic) featuring Dracula, Salem's Lot, a wooden spike...a bust of Bram Stoker and eerie music completed the picture. In the Fantasy rooms, they had a hobbit-ish home with a crackling fire.

Edited: Jun 2, 2018, 3:20pm Top

Now for some food! Keep in mind that we were there for seven and a half days. Also, remember that I'm a vacuum.

A vanilla cupcake with lavender frosting from Cupcake Royale. Delicious!

A maple frosted old-fashion from Top Pot Doughnuts. I may have sampled more doughnuts from them, but I swear that bite was missing when I got it. Also they make great cappuccinos.

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Ivar's Fish Bar on the pier, a Seattle institution. So, we had shrimp cocktail, fried shrimp, fish and chips, clam chowder and salmon chowder. We also had Pike Market chowder on another day, which was excellent, and I had fried salmon fish and chips.

These are "sunshine raspberries", sold at just a couple of stands at Pike Place Market. Mildly sweet berry flavor and a very fragile texture. We gobbled up the whole pint.

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Maple bacon mini doughnuts from The Daily Dozen in the market. Oh man.

A marionberry and cream cheese pastry from Piroshky!Piroshky! at the market. It was as good as it looks. And everything I'm posting was shared. This thing was so big.

Edited: Jun 2, 2018, 3:33pm Top

Last pic for today. This is the El Diablo from Tango, the tapas restaurant we went to our first night. It was an amazing dinner, great sangrias, but this dessert is famous. It's a firm block of cayenne and cinnamon dark chocolate mousse sitting on a bed of burnt meringue with spiced almonds and dusting in black cocoa. It's awesome! And big enough for two to fight over.

Jun 2, 2018, 5:50pm Top

Ho-lee cow!! If I lived there is never eat a vegetable again. They look truly delicious, and I'm not a big dessert fan.

Jun 2, 2018, 6:44pm Top

Seattle does coffee and dessert very well.
And as proof that I didn't eat pastries and cake the whole time, at the place that served the El Diablo, we also had a big dish of Madeira glazed wild mushrooms, that I liked, but would have liked better without the little bit of orange flavor that particular wine gave them. We also had Queso Fundido (grilled Spanish cheese) served with green apple slices, and a we ate a lot of fresh apples because they had so much flavor. There was a variety I bought on the island called Kiku, and it was everything I've ever wanted in an apple. I also had a "velvet apricot". It was the size and shape of an apricot but dark purpley-red and a mildly plummy flavor.
I'll be posting more pics of Bainbridge and other stuff.

Jun 3, 2018, 1:38pm Top

Wow! Great photos! I don't know which I like best, the sailboat, the snowy mountains, or the food! What am I thinking, the food wins hands down. Glad you had a great vacation and shared it with us.

Jun 3, 2018, 3:29pm Top

Thanks, Viv! Yeah, the food is hard to scroll past, isn't it? I have a few more food pics on the way.

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The Seattle Aquarium is one of the best. It's huge, and features seals and otters, along with divers feeding the fish and cleaning in an aquarium that covers nearly the whole wall right at the entrance.

The pic hasn't been turned sideways, this purple and orange slug was climbing up the rocks. Looks like Tim Burton designed it. It was eight or nine inches long.

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The Elliot Bay Book Company. Turns out, it isn't by the bay at all.

And this is The Eagle Harbor Book Co. on Bainbridge Island. Pine is very popular.

I did come home with a few books, which I'll list as soon as my box of souvenirs we shipped arrives. I have multiple jars of jams in there too.

Edited: Jun 3, 2018, 3:47pm Top

We did two wine tastings during the week. The first on the island at Eleven winery. None of them knocked my socks off, so we went to The Tasting Room in Post Alley, one that gets very high recommendations. We bought two bottles of Lost River Western Red.

And one day we stopped at The Penny Royal for cocktails, which has a hotel adjacent. In the hotel lobby were these grand portraits of Hendrix, Bill Gates, Dave Matthews and Fraiser.

Jun 3, 2018, 5:22pm Top

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48. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop: A Curious Alphabet. One of the souvenirs I brought back in my suitcase, this booklet is from the shop that has stood in one location or another in Seattle for over 100 years. Filled with old curiosities of the kind that made Ripley's famous later, like a stuffed four-legged chicken and shrunken heads. 4 stars

Jun 4, 2018, 8:09am Top

Wow, great photos! All that food, I need! I miss properly made clam chowder!

Jun 4, 2018, 1:16pm Top

I'm glad your visit to Seattle was such a roaring success!

Jun 4, 2018, 1:27pm Top

Thanks for sharing your pics! I"m ready to go back to Seattle now!

Jun 4, 2018, 1:32pm Top

Welcome back, Jennifer! Your pics are outstanding! The lovely sweets rival those sold at the BBC patisserie.
Did you rent a car or is public transportation readily available. I'd love to stick the idea of going there in my husbands noodle.

Jun 4, 2018, 2:17pm Top

>128 ChelleBearss: Thanks! And those are just the foods we took pictures of.
What's missing are the honey and almond crepe, the huckleberry and marionberry ice creams, the fantastic marionberry hand pies from the grocery store on the island, which also had a hot bin of one of my favorite soups, African peanut stew. We also had salmon deviled eggs topped with salmon roe from a little place along the waterfront, the tiny Mexican hot chocolate cheesecake from The Confessional at Pike's Place, It's been on several FOOD Network shows and was a very good two bites of cheesecake. We also had a great baked bbq pork bun and egg custards from a tiny place in Chinatown.

>129 RidgewayGirl: Thanks! We tend to squeeze every bit of fun out of our vacations, :-D. I'm lucky that Mike is such a good traveler and wants to see stuff as much as I do. My dad refused to go anywhere so Mom had to travel with her sisters in recent years. This one was a real up and down experience, which I'll get into later.

>130 PaperbackPirate: Hey, Nicole! Glad you like the pics. I have a few more, even though I'm trying not to be the "look at my vacation slides!" person.

>131 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! Oh... don't let Mrs. Padmore hear you say that! (But you're right.)
We had a hired car pick us up at the airport and drive us back. We've been doing that for years because it's better, for us, than trying to figure out which shuttle to take, we're driven directly to the hotel and they remove the aggravation of arriving. Also, the drivers always tell us their favorite restaurants. So usually it's a Lincoln Towncar or sometimes a Limo arrives. And it's not as expensive as you'd think, about $50 or $60 one way, plus tip. Around the city, we walk or take Lyft, and the Lyft drivers were there within minutes, if not sooner. We called for a Lyft while leaving our second floor room and he was there outside before we walked out the hotel.
I'd love to stick the idea of going there in my husbands noodle.
Ummm, I hope it's a comfortable ride?

Edited: Jun 4, 2018, 2:22pm Top

Ok, just a few more.

At tiki night at Rumba, a place with 150 different rums.

This was Mike's second cocktail, "Sharks with Friggin' Lasers". It featured a flashing ice cube that turned colors. Very entertaining, especially as you're drinking something that had three different rums in it. That "blood" is pomegranate syrup.

Edited: Jun 4, 2018, 2:26pm Top

Back to the island. I mentioned how lush and green it is there and wanted to give you some idea of how pretty it is. We immediately started looking at houses there, if that's any indication. But I also have lots of flower and tree photos.

So I picked just a couple of representatives. Mike took both of these.

Edited: Jun 4, 2018, 3:14pm Top

And this is from the tour of the Bainbridge Island Distillery. It's basically a two man operation, plus two employees who conduct the tastings and tours. This is the single still, which they use to make vodka, gin and whiskey. The whole production was in a single room big enough to park maybe five cars in, plus another room where the product is aged in barrels. The owner came out and talked to us during the tasting and explained the company's history and the flavors.

And we brought home a bottle of their Battle Point organic whiskey. The guide thought it was available in just four states so Mike snapped it up.

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Oh, and I forgot to mention the lavender sugar cookies I had from Blackbird Bakery on the island, an idea I'm stealing for myself.

Now about those up and downs I spoke of. Seattle weather is great, cool and breezy, and I grew up not far from the Pacific so I like being near water again. Their city water is clean and tastes good, and my skin felt good after a shower, unlike our incredibly hard Phoenix water that is so drying. They also have trash cans everywhere and they are in threes, one for trash, one for recycling and one for compost. So it's a clean city because everyone is aware that trash is taken seriously.

And you may have heard about the homeless people in Seattle, but hearing about it doesn't come close to seeing it. They are everywhere. Lying across the sidewalk in the downtown shopping area, outside restaurants, and they're all over the piers and waterfront, so pretty much anywhere a tourist might go. Some are clearly ill, while many others sit or lie on the ground with signs asking for money while they play on iPhones and smoke cigarettes or weed. We watched a filthy couple leaning against a McDonald's while rolling a huge joint.

And I'll tell you about our visit to Pioneer Park, because it's pretty funny. Pioneer Park is in Pioneer Square, the oldest neighborhood in Seattle. It has the 100 year old buildings and brick and cobblestone walkways, and it's been kept in good shape by councils or organizations. But it has a reputation for being the "gritty" part of Seattle. We booked two walking tours there, the underground tour, and then a few days later, the true crime tour. We Lyfted to the underground tour and it was surprising how clean and well cared for the area was considering it's reputation. I thought the bad rep was in the past.
We're on the the walking tour with a guide and maybe ten other tourists. We go down to an underground cellar, come up to street level and the guide is pointing out the buildings. A man outside the bar across the street sees us and lifts his shirt to us. At the same time, a drunk spots us, and silently creeps up behind some of the group, smiling and startling them. The guide tells the man that this is a paid tour so he needs to leave. He just stands there smiling. The guide had to tell him repeatedly to go away, so he eventually staggered towards a couple of women, who jumped, then went away. We went into another cellar, were down there maybe ten minutes, come back up, and there's a really loud argument going on at a table in the park not far away. There's a group of three people taunting an old drunk woman who appeared to be a hooker. One of the men if graphically trying to get the old woman to play "I'll show you mine if you show me yours". This is a public square full of people. The woman finally had enough and flipped the metal table over onto the people, which made all their drinks go flying and started everyone yelling the f-word over and over. Our guide kept saying, "Welcome to Pioneer Park!"
We went down to the third cellar and when we came back up, another drunk started eavesdropping on our guide, then came over and was yelling over the guide that "the mission was a brothel! Don't believe what he says!" We were walking away and the man kept up, walking alongside us yelling not to believe our guide. Then when he dropped away, a sane looking woman was there and calmly said, "Don't believe everything he says," as we walked by. When we came up from the last cellar, our guide asked for tips, then said, "The tours over so we're no longer responsibly for your safety." One woman said, "Are you kidding me?!" because it was at dusk and no one had a car. A group of us took off towards 1st St, just to get out of there, and maybe three blocks down, there was the smiling drunk man lying across the sidewalk on his side, head propped up on his hand like he was on a couch.
So we cancelled the other true crime tour.

Jun 4, 2018, 7:40pm Top

Super cool pics. I can't even remember the last time I was in a book store that only sold new books. I miss the browsing. Amazon had never been able to duplicate the experience. The closest I've come is searching the recommended books on LT.

Jun 5, 2018, 8:41am Top

Looks like you enjoyed your trip!

Jun 5, 2018, 8:57am Top

Thanks for sharing the photos, Jennifer!

>133 mstrust: That's a lot of different rums!

>135 mstrust: That still is an impressive instance of industrial design.

Jun 5, 2018, 11:58am Top

>136 SomeGuyInVirginia: Thanks! Well, Eagle Harbor sells new and used books that are in Like New condition. My box of souvenirs arrived yesterday so I have my two jars of marionberry jam, one jar of bumbleberry, one of blackberry cobbler jam, Christmas ornaments, huckleberry jelly beans, earrings, package of salmon chowder mix, and:
Parallel Lines by Kembrew McLeod, a study of the making of the Blondie album, from the "33 1/3" series
Slade House
Once Upon a Two By Four, by a Bainbridge trasplant
The Highest Tide

>137 thornton37814: Yes! Parts!
>138 harrygbutler: Happy to do it, Harry! Yes, it's a rum bar all the time, but Wednesday are their only tiki night.
I agree, anybody who can do that much with so little equipment is amazing. The owner talked to us, and the other distiller worked around us on our tour. The place was so spotless and smelled of bread dough because there were two vats simmering.

But the vacation ended as soon as we got home. Mike started getting sick the day before we flew back, and I got sick the day after we got home. Bad colds, with mine trying to turn to bronchitis as it's wont to do. And then UPS delivered a huge package to my house late yesterday afternoon that isn't mine and blocked my front door. Seems like they just found a house with the same house number and decided to make a gift of it. So I've spoken to five customer service reps on the other side of the world, each having no information about the situation at all. It spent the night on my front porch and surprisingly wasn't stolen.

Jun 5, 2018, 12:43pm Top

I've heard that artisinal whiskey is good for colds and bronchitis! Sorry for the colds, that stinks. Can you just call the people and have them come and get their dope box?

I just read your take on the underground tour. I don't have much sympathy for stoners who live off the land, and actual crazy people kind of scare me. Although there was a street guy named 'The Penny Man' that I really liked. Psychosis was probably the best thing that ever happened to him, he was always in a great mood. I haven't seen him in a while.

Jun 5, 2018, 7:20pm Top

Ha, I'm sure the whiskey would help things along, but I'm already taking Zicam, Breath Easy tea and Nyquil. I'm kinda leery of adding anything on top of that.
The UPS box is gone, not because they suddenly woke up, but because a UPS truck was delivering to my neighbors and I went out and got him to take it. He actually argued that W. Bloomfield and W. Wethersfield are sort of alike and he can see how it could have been confusing for the delivery. This 4ft tall box spent 15 minutes short of 24 hrs on my porch.
The beautiful weather and the very young population of Seattle are undoubtedly factors in the huge homeless or panhandling population. Seattle is a young city, and by that I mean that, away from tourist areas, I began noticing that everyone walking around was 22-30 years old and I started actively looking for old people. I saw them, but not in any large numbers. So anyway, younger people tend to be pretty cool with helping out panhandlers. It's when they get our age and they've had years of staying at a job because of their mortgage, then they shake their fists at freeloading :-D

Jun 5, 2018, 7:46pm Top

49. The Man From the Train- by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James. Beginning with the infamous Villisca, Iowa murders, James began researching other axe murders of the time, and this became a chain of murders that had too much in common to not be connected. What he found was a remarkably large number of families, sometimes the entire family of up to nine people, all killed in the same way, with the same type of entry to the home and at the same time, often on Sundays. He found the same strange "signatures" of a kerosene lamp being lit but the chimney removed, the family's valuables displayed to show that theft wasn't the objective, and sometimes the house set on fire.
By combing through newspapers, police files and historical records, James believes he's uncovered a single man who committed over 100 murders between 1898 to 1912, a man whose crimes happened wherever there was a train stop to jump off from Maine to Florida to Washington.

Who knew there were so many families being killed with axes over 100 years ago? James has uncovered whole families wiped out and forgotten with just a newspaper paragraph while the Moores of Villisca remain famous. If the author, a long-time author of baseball books, is correct and these murders were the work of a single man, he'd be the most prolific in American history. The research here is meticulous. James goes through each murder discussed and explains why he believes it is or isn't the work of The Man From the Train. Along the way he discusses police or court proceedings of the time, the laws, racism, lumber and saw mills, and both the "New Orleans Axe Man" and Clementine Barabet. And most surprising is that he gives a name to the killer. This is 460 pages and at that length could have benefited from an index, but it's length is mostly due to all those murders. 4.5 stars

I read this for the Mystery-True Crime group.

Jun 6, 2018, 12:08am Top

My goodness how did I get so far behind, here. I am glad that your trip to Seattle was good, but I understand about the number of homeless people that are about. I remember the first time I went to San Francisco and was overwhelmed by the number of homeless people. When they start to panhandle and following you it really makes you feel uncomfortable.

Andrew Lincoln leaving!!! Say it isn't so. I also think if he goes that the show should fold.

Jun 6, 2018, 11:13am Top

Wow! you certainly had an interesting tour! Glad you escaped Pioneer Park with just a good story to tell. Hope you and Mike get over your colds post haste!

I loved Slade House hope you do too! Parallel Lines should be a good read. I loved loved loved that album to death back in what '78? I so wanted to look like Debbie Harry, the essence of coolness I never mastered unfortunately.

Jun 6, 2018, 3:00pm Top

>143 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy! I've been to San Francisco and I used to work in L.A., right off of Sunset. The L.A. homeless are much more aggressive than what I found in either S.F. or Seattle, but Seattle has the others beat for how they've just become part of the landscape for anywhere you go. Well, we went to the farmer's market in Ballard, which is where the Nordic Museum was too, and for some reason we didn't see homeless or panhandlers there, despite it being an ultra hippie hipster spot with all that food.
Well, that's the rumor about Lincoln and I hope it isn't true too. But the rumors about Glen being killed off turned out to be true and I'm still not over that, ha! I don't go hunting for this stuff, it just ends up on my phone, but they're also saying that if Rick dies, Daryl will get bumped up to top billing. How he'll be okay if their bromance ends is beyond me.

>144 Carmenere: It's true, Lynda, it wasn't dull. You're right, we did end up with a story about Pioneer Park! Now I wonder what could have been if we'd gone back for the true crime tour. Chased by locals?
Debbie Harry has been my coolness icon my whole life, but I could never come close either, but them NYC is a place that appreciates unique style more than most cities. And she didn't get enough credit for her incredible songwriting. I'm looking forward to both these books.

Jun 6, 2018, 3:20pm Top

And today is my sister Julie's birthday, so have a slice of her peach birthday cake:

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I'd be OK if Rick bit the dust, I was never a fan. Daryl Daryl he's our man! I haven't been keeping up, that that hero junkie in Fear the Walking Dead just bugs the crap out of me. Have they ever met a junkie? Or tried to pry one off their front stoop because they crashed there sometime overnight and their bottoms are glued to the stone? I have a cousin who's a heroin addict and he is a terrible person, and was before he got hooked. Errgh. Larry in crappy mood! Fire bad, bread good!

Jun 6, 2018, 5:16pm Top

>146 mstrust: Yum! Did you bake that?

Jun 6, 2018, 6:51pm Top

>147 SomeGuyInVirginia: I miss nearly all the good guys who get killed off on TWD, and Rick's passing would leave a huge hole, maybe even more than Glen or Carl's. They can't keep breaking my heart!
You're talking about Nick on FTWD, and he was killed off a few episodes ago, though he still appears in flashbacks. He was way more interesting than his mom or sister, that's for sure. Though Ruben Blades' character from the past seasons was very interesting too. I didn't know what to think about Jenna Elfman joining the walking world but I like her at times and dislike her at times, so she's becoming very interesting.
Have some cake, Larry!

>148 RidgewayGirl: I didn't bake it, but thanks for thinking that I could! No, Julie lives in California so I didn't get to see her today but we talked for a while and we'll see each other at the end of this month when nearly everyone in the family will be at Mom's. Niece Samantha and her boyfriend will go to the Van's Warped Tour (why anyone would book a show in Vegas in this heat is a mystery), while Julie, Mom and I will shop, eat and gamble. Mike likes to stay at the house with the dogs and tv, then we all go out to dinner together.

Jun 6, 2018, 8:17pm Top

I hope you're both recovering from the post-vacation ills, Jennifer!

>146 mstrust: That cake looks quite tasty.

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Thanks, Harry. Mike is pretty much over it, but mine started two days after his so I'm hoping I'm almost over it. The woman training me at the library texted me yesterday to ask if I'd be there today, and when I answered that I was sick but could still be there, she immediately replied that they had "NO books for me to deal with, stay home", ha!
Isn't that a tasty looking cake? Julie loves peach anything.

Jun 7, 2018, 6:07pm Top

50. I Should Have Stayed Home by Horace McCoy. Georgia farm boy Ralph Carston did a bit a local playhouse acting before heading to Hollywood to become a star. He and roommate Mona have worked hard to get noticed, but it isn't until Mona cusses out a judge in court that she gets any attention, and that's quickly diverted to handsome Ralph once the most powerful woman in town, Mrs. Smithers, sees him.
Published in 1938 and more graphic than The Day of the Locust, this is a fast-paced noir of what some people will do to be famous. Change the names of the popular nightclubs in the story and it's barely aged. 4 stars

Jun 7, 2018, 8:53pm Top

>149 mstrust: No they can't keep breaking your heart, the bastigs. Rick jumped the shark for me when he got those phone calls from his dad wife. Laurie? Can't remember her name.

How are you guys making out? I'm prone to bronchitis, too. I hope you're feeling better.

I've wanted to read I Should Have Stayed Home for years! I've got a copy, I'll shuffle it to the front of the line.

Jun 7, 2018, 9:53pm Top

>151 mstrust: "Keep your germs away from the books!"

We planted a dwarf peach tree last year and were pleasantly surprised to find that there's fruit on the tree this year. We thought it might take a few years.

Jun 8, 2018, 11:43am Top

>153 SomeGuyInVirginia: Yeah, I think at this point we've seen Rick lose his marbles too many times. Eye rolls and sighs of "not again" should not be the reaction to a zombie show.
I think I'm on my last day or so of being sick, thanks for asking. I'm prone to bronchitis too so when I start getting a cold I slam all kinds of medicine on it to keep it from turning to bronchitis. Works maybe 40% of the time.
I enjoyed the book and liked McCoy's style. Hope you do too.

>154 harrygbutler: :-D That's the way I took it too. I promise that I had no intention of opening the books and sneezing in them.
My mom had a dwarf apricot tree that she'd been hoping to get fruit from, but in ten years the little thing did nothing more than put out a few flowers. How lucky that you've got an overachiever. Enjoy those peaches!

Jun 8, 2018, 11:48am Top

It's Friday, but rather than a "Whaaaat?", this is more of a "Well, what do ya know?"

This is the cucamelon, or sandita. It looks like a grape sized watermelon but it's neither a hybrid nor a GMO. It's native to Central America and was eaten by the Aztecs. It tastes like a cucumber with notes of lime and can be eaten fresh or pickled, and it can replace the olive in a martini.

Jun 8, 2018, 12:28pm Top

>156 mstrust: Now those seem worth a try! Maybe cucamelons will be our experimental plant for the garden next year, as it appears that despite their origin they can grow in our zone.

Jun 8, 2018, 1:15pm Top

>156 mstrust: ooooooo! That is new to me! Are they to be peeled or eaten with skin on?

Jun 8, 2018, 2:27pm Top

>157 harrygbutler: Interesting, huh? When I saw them at first, I thought it was photoshopped watermelons. How great if you can grow them at home!

>158 Carmenere: It was new to me too, but I've gotten interested in looking for fruits that aren't in the regular grocery store. The cucamelon doesn't need to be peeled and you can eat them right off the vine.

So I've pulled my summer reads into a huge stack. Every summer I like to read my "hot dust" books, and by that I mean stories that take place in hot climates, about vacations, or just travel books, because I'm not going to ruin the rest of the year with tales of dehydration. I'm still keeping up with the Mystery group and the ScaredyKits throughout the year. But my birthday on the 16th will be one day of notable exception from the heat.

Jun 8, 2018, 3:22pm Top

>159 mstrust: We try to do a little experimenting each year. The biggest success has been salad turnips, though we do lose many to garden pests. Once it was lemon cucumbers, which were OK, but too watery to be good in cucumber salad, so we haven't planted them again. I don't think the cucamelons would be perennial here, but if we grow them I'll try to find a suitable location in case they turn out to be hardy enough to survive the winter with a little protection. (We grew a passion flower with mixed success, as we're a bit too far north; we'd get foliage every year, but not always flowers.)

Jun 8, 2018, 6:01pm Top

I've never heard of a lemon cucumber, but if I could grow anything here, that would have suckered me into trying it out. We have a Lemon Drop melon in the fridge now, and it's the first time I'd seen that. My sister in California used to grow both pineapple and chocolate mint and they smelled fantastic.
I had a passion flower in a container once but it didn't survive past Spring. It was beautiful while it lasted.
It sounds like you have a true green thumb, so this must be a really good time of year for you.

Jun 9, 2018, 11:11am Top

There is always something interesting in your life! But I'm going for a slice of your sister's birthday cake. And I'll look forward to yours on the 16th.

Edited: Jun 9, 2018, 12:45pm Top

Thanks, Vivienne, I do have a lot of interests, yet hibernation season has just begun. We've been in 106-107F temps and we'll be hitting 109 in a few days. Time to close the curtains, turn off the lights and fall asleep on the couch til October.
Yum, peach cake! Julie's favorite anything is always peach. And I hope you do stop by on the 16th. I've got plans...

Jun 10, 2018, 2:46pm Top

Those sanditas sound like they'd be perfect in a gin and tonic.

Jun 10, 2018, 5:44pm Top

You're right, especially one sliced in half to impart the lime flavors. Sounds good! Now if I only I knew someone who had a cucamelon plant.

Edited: Jun 10, 2018, 5:55pm Top

Since I stretch it out as long as possible, my birthday week started several days ago when I ordered both This Is A Book About The Kids In The Hall (thanks, rabbitprincess!) and My Best Friend's Exorcism. Then we stopped at a Half Price Books today and I indulged in:

Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu
Rogue Male
Our Man in Havana
Siddhartha- because it's on the Great American Read list
Killer Librarian
Al Capone Does My Shirts
The Water Knife- thanks sushicat!
Samantha Saves The Day- part of the American Girls series. I'm giving this to my niece Samantha, even though she's 22 and just graduated from nursing school. Seems fitting.
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?- I'm looking forward to this one most.
Recipes From the Dump- a novel

We also completed our move to the downstairs living room today. We had a guy in a few months ago testing our insulation and he said our bottom floor is six degrees cooler than our second floor, which is a huge difference when it gets 115F. It's all tile, there's a balcony shading the back doors, it's just darker overall. So we had cable installed down there, brought a fan down and I guess that's our summer retreat.

Jun 10, 2018, 6:13pm Top

You're welcome! I also found out that House of Anansi is publishing an authorized biography of KITH later this year, called Kids in the Hall: One Dumb Guy: https://houseofanansi.com/products/the-kids-in-the-hall It includes photos!!

Jun 10, 2018, 6:22pm Top

Thanks for the link, that's great that books are finally coming out about them.
Chicken Lady! "Do you want a beer or do you want to drink right out of the toilet?"

Jun 10, 2018, 8:31pm Top

Lovely pix and commentary from your trip.

Edited: Jun 11, 2018, 7:26am Top

>161 mstrust: Lemon cucumbers sadly don't have a lemon flavor; if they had, I might have continued with them. I do enjoy gardening, both the activity and, especially, the rewards.

Around here it is also the time for garlic scapes. We don't grow garlic ourselves, but some of the local farms do, and we were able to pick up some scapes as well as more salad turnips (as our own crop is done) at one such market yesterday.

>166 mstrust: That seems like a pretty good haul. We don't have a Half Price Books nearby, but we usually visit one when we go out to see my parents in Ohio. And the move downstairs strikes me as a practical approach to the excess heat.

Jun 11, 2018, 12:47pm Top

>169 RBeffa: Thanks, Ron! We stayed up til two in the morning looking around for our next trip.

>170 harrygbutler: Awww, I did expect some lemony flavor from a lemon cucumber. Ok, I don't know what a garlic scape is either. And salad turnips, hmmm, I know what turnip greens are...
I was happy with my haul. Half Price Books is always a lucky place for me. I've decided to make some strict rules for myself for my book buying next year. I know, I've said it before, but I do need to get control of myself because I'm out of space.
Moving downstairs will be a relief, and we should have figured it out years ago. Really, I've got my carving desk down there, and some books, but we've pretty much ignored this room for years.

I haven't watched it yet, but it seems that Fear The Walking Dead finally listened to me and killed off Madison last night.

Jun 11, 2018, 1:19pm Top

>171 mstrust: I had never heard of either before a few years ago when we stumbled across them at local farm markets. Garlic scapes are just the green tops of garlics, which they remove in late spring so the head gets bigger. They can be used just like garlic, sauteed, etc. Salad turnips are great -- they're mild-tasting white turnips that you can slice and eat raw, like radishes, in salads or even on their own; you can use their greens like other greens. We liked the salad turnips so much that we decided to start growing them ourselves, but this year we didn't get too many.

I don't usually find much at Half Price Books, but I keep trying.

I can appreciate the decision to move downstairs. I finally shifted my home office to an upstairs room that is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer this year. It started out in an old addition that was none too pleasant in the wintertime.

Oh, I did want to mention that I watched and enjoyed the first two seasons of Ash vs. Evil Dead, thanks to our library system, and I'll be looking forward to checking out the third season when it becomes available.

Jun 11, 2018, 7:35pm Top

I think more people are creating hybrids, so we're getting new fruits and veg every year. Which is great. Eventually someone will make "carrot cake carrots" and "ice cream cauliflower".
We're maybe halfway through the first season of Ash vs. Evil Dead. We watch maybe two episodes a week because Mike is not the type of person to binge, preferring to spread it out. We've been watching Man Down for about 3 months now, and that's just a couple of seasons.

Jun 11, 2018, 7:52pm Top

>173 mstrust: "Ice cream cauliflower" certainly seems more tempting than "cauliflower ice cream"!

I'm usually not much of a binge watcher, either, but since I had the DVDs out from the library, I thought it best to just get through them.

Jun 12, 2018, 9:32am Top

That's a good haul from Half-Priced Books! I'm planning on reading Our Man in Havana this summer and I've got to read Siddhartha for my mindfulness group. We'll have to compare notes.

Your migration south (downstairs LR) sounds like a cozy retreat.

Jun 12, 2018, 11:43am Top

>174 harrygbutler: True! And how strange that our news last night did a piece on broccoli coffee. Apparently there's a place in Australia mixing powdered broccoli into lattes to make them healthier, but at what cost?! Who wants coffee the color, taste and smell of a scummy pond?

>175 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda! I'll get to Siddhartha this summer and we'll see what we think. It's definitely not my usual genre and I probably never would have considered it if not for TGAR.
And now that the cable and furniture are all set downstairs, I have an urge to re-paint the walls.

Jun 12, 2018, 12:12pm Top

>176 mstrust: Apparently there's a place in Australia mixing powdered broccoli into lattes to make them healthier I think this is one of the signs of the Apocalypse...

Jun 12, 2018, 1:09pm Top

>176 mstrust: That sounds very bad. I like broccoli, but I wouldn't want it in my coffee.

Jun 12, 2018, 2:36pm Top

>177 drneutron: Right? It's like announcing, "Anyone wanna taste a cup of self-hatred?"

>178 harrygbutler: I'd be curious to see the sales receipts for that particular product.

Edited: Jun 12, 2018, 8:56pm Top

What next, broccoli in Cap'n Crunch? WHY do people want to mess with what's already perfect?!

Jun 12, 2018, 8:48pm Top

>180 SomeGuyInVirginia: A hybrid mixture of those Lucky Charms marshmallow things and Frosted Flakes exists, so clearly we're moving closer everyday to just eating a bowl of corn syrup for breakfast. Your cereal is safe from the incursion of vegetables.

Edited: Jun 13, 2018, 11:50am Top

>180 SomeGuyInVirginia: Some people are always looking for "improvement". They ruined Trix when they turned it to a multi-grain. I like healthier cereal like Raisin Bran, but Trix should have been left alone.

>181 RidgewayGirl: Your cereal is safe from the incursion of vegetables.
Oh no it's not....

Lucky, lucky kids.

Edited: Jun 13, 2018, 12:03pm Top

51. King Kong, conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper, novelized by Delos. W. Lovelace. Have you ever seen a longer byline?
Published in 1932, just before the release of the film.
This is the story of Denham, a famous movie producer who is determined to do two things in his next picture: first, have a pretty girl in it because his audience is demanding he finally have a woman in his movies, and secondly, film something the world has never seen. Denham takes care of the first by finding beautiful, starving Ann and offering her the job if she comes aboard his ship. The second is solved by a crudely drawn map Denham has that shows the location of an island populated by an isolated tribe who worship the King, an ape of monstrous proportions. 3.5 stars
I read this for the Mystery-Made To Screen group.

Jun 14, 2018, 10:30am Top

>181 RidgewayGirl: I wonder why breakfast is the one meal in the day when it's perfectly OK to eat junk?

>182 mstrust: You know my favorite breakfast cereal? Cream of Wheat. Oh my god I love that stuff, I actually crave it the way I crave Brussels sprouts. I wonder if I have some sort of iron deficiency?

Jun 14, 2018, 11:23am Top

I love Cream of Wheat too. I don't make it at home though, I eat it at the breakfast buffets in Vegas, with raisins, cinnamon and brown sugar.
I would rather eat a dog treat than Brussel sprouts. Actually, I have eaten a dog treat before and found it more palatable than Brussel sprouts. Maybe pop an iron pill?

Jun 14, 2018, 11:27am Top

No, brussels sprouts are delicious. I mean, I grew up with my mother boiling the frozen variety and serving olive green atrocities, but once I discovered that if you roast fresh ones with a little olive oil, they are now a great favorite.

Jun 14, 2018, 1:34pm Top

Raisins, cinnamon and brown sugar? Heresy! Oh, turn from your wayward path before it's too late! Embrace simple cream, butter and sugar, like God intended.

Jun 14, 2018, 4:47pm Top

>186 RidgewayGirl: Are not! I'm having deja vu because I know I argued my point before about Brussels sprouts being the devil's diarrhea. But far be it for me to talk anyone out of eating their vegetables. I eat a salad nearly every day.

>187 SomeGuyInVirginia: Oh, my friend, you have to try it with these three. Dee-licious! Are you putting white sugar in Cream of Wheat? You crazy!

Jun 14, 2018, 5:50pm Top

Come over to our new place- it's really cool.

Jun 15, 2018, 2:12pm Top

Hi Jennifer! I know, you have a new thread but I wanted to catch up here first.

Love what you have done with the fifth location. Glad to see Coral recovered so quickly from her surgery and OMG the hacking of Mike's business account and the whole LifeLock issue. I also receive an alert every time I use my cc... kind of like that feature. ;-)

Glad to see you had an enjoyable time in Seattle! I love the Pike Place Market. It is a must stop every time we visit Seattle.

Ah, yes... the homeless situation. Victoria has the same problem Seattle has and the solutions being bandied around are not helping, because it is mostly talk, little action.

Sorry to learn that you both got sick... at least you got sick at the end of your trip, and not the start!

The sanditas would be perfect for salads! I tend to only by grape or manzano tomatoes now..... less cutting and less mess when making a salad.

Jun 15, 2018, 3:12pm Top

Hi Lori! I guess it has been a while, but I'm glad you took the time to catch-up. Threads get away from all of us.
One of the big things I enjoyed about Seattle was the amazing coffee everywhere. I loved walking down the street and having five different places to grab excellent coffee. But yes, their homeless problem is pretty surprising.
I was very relieved to get sick after the trip rather than during. And I can hope that sanditas will eventually show up in our local produce sections. They're bringing in more exotic stuff.

Jun 22, 2018, 8:43pm Top

>156 mstrust: When I lived in Cincinnati, I used to frequent Jungle Jim's. They always had interesting produce from all over the world. One time when I went, they had a wintermelon. It looked like a white watermelon. My parents were visiting, and we decided to purchase one. Our mistake is we failed to find out how it was used/eaten. We tried it just like watermelon, and all three of us spit it out. We later found out it was supposed to be used in soups, but that was one nasty bite!

Jun 23, 2018, 12:03pm Top

I saw Jungle Jim's on tv once, and it looked amazing. Wintermelon is a new one to me, and I probably would have expected to eat it like a watermelon too. I finally came across a mangosteen in Seattle after not finding any in my area, but then I realized that I had no idea how to spot a ripe one. They were all hard, like dried out limes, so I passed.

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