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drneutron's (Jim's) Reading and Eating in 2019

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1drneutron
Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 6:03pm Top

I'm Jim, 56, husband of 33 years, father of a son in a PhD program in Comp Sci at Notre Dame, who reads pretty much anything. We're in central Maryland with roots in Louisiana. I like to read (obviously), cook, want to learn to fly fish, and trail bike riding/kayaking with mrsdrneutron. Of course, LT is a big time sink, but mrsdrneutron seems to have come to terms with my LT addiction... 😀

Here's my Christmas gumbo!

2drneutron
Dec 25, 2018, 4:14pm Top

The 2018 Stats Recap

Total Books: 112

Author Gender
Male: 72 (59%)
Female: 51 (41%)

Author Status
Living: 118 (97%)
Dead: 4 (3%)

Publication Medium
Hardback: 12 (11%)
Trade: 32 (29%)
Mass Market: 2 (2%)
eBook: 65 (59%)

Category
Fiction: 47 (70%)
Nonfiction: 20 (30%)

Source
Library: 80 (71%)
Mine: 32 (29%)

ARC: 12
Re-Read: 3
Series: 42
Group Read: 3

3drneutron
Dec 25, 2018, 4:15pm Top

Summary of interesting reading stats



Note the increase in reading ebooks in 2013 - When I discovered Overdrive at my library. This corresponds to the dip in % mine at about the same time. I've also made an effort over the past few years to add some diversity in the authors I read - doing reasonably well with female authors, less so with authors of color and non-US authors.

4laytonwoman3rd
Edited: Dec 25, 2018, 8:35pm Top

That gumbo looks most fine. If I hadn't already eaten most of a cow, a pig and a chicken today...

5bohemima
Dec 25, 2018, 5:17pm Top

Mmm...gumbo

6drneutron
Dec 25, 2018, 5:25pm Top

Heh. It's our traditional Christmas dinner. I think this is the 30th year I've made it for the holiday.

7harrygbutler
Dec 25, 2018, 6:01pm Top

>1 drneutron: Tasty-looking gumbo! Thanks for setting things up again, Jim!

8drneutron
Dec 25, 2018, 6:02pm Top

It's my pleasure! I've got it down to a system now, and I enjoy the excitement it brings. 😀

9richardderus
Dec 25, 2018, 8:04pm Top

Gumbo goodness, yes yes indeedy do.

PSP updates will be missed, but travel time is down time for a satellite, I understand. Can not WAIT for Dawn to do the Ultima Thule thing! That's gonna be exciting as heck.

Great reading mojo in 2019. After the launch's success, you deserve some relaxing leisure.

10drneutron
Dec 25, 2018, 8:09pm Top

>9 richardderus: Hiyah, Richard! Ultima Thule is New Horizons - which I worked on too! Pictures should be coming soon, and in fact, I've seen some of the optical navigation pics where it's basically just a dot a couple of pixels wide. Already finding some mysteries there...

11richardderus
Dec 25, 2018, 10:45pm Top

Dawn was the asteroids. Right. Got my space probes transreversed like me brain.

This is the coolest, most exciting time to be alive...better than I've ever even imagined it could be.

12scaifea
Dec 26, 2018, 8:41am Top

Hi, Jim! That gumbo looks amazing.

13drneutron
Dec 26, 2018, 8:49am Top

>11 richardderus: NASA, and really, all the space agencies have as areally good couple of years with some very successful and scientifically interesting missions. It’s definitely a great time to be in the biz! We’ve got a mission to impact and possibly deflect an asteroid (think planetary protection) getting started with the flight build this tear, plus the possibility of starting work on a quad copter rover on Titan. And that’s just our little organization. Jpl’s still getting Europa Clipper going, and James Webb Space Telescope is making some good progress toward launch!

>12 scaifea: It was dee-lish!

14norabelle414
Dec 26, 2018, 10:24am Top

Excellent-looking gumbo and excellent chart! Happy almost New Year!

15kidzdoc
Dec 26, 2018, 10:54am Top

Happy New Thread and thanks for being the Official Cat Herder for this group, Jim! That gumbo looks superb.

16drneutron
Dec 26, 2018, 11:28am Top

>14 norabelle414: 😀 Data kinda guy, I suppose. Happy New Year!

>15 kidzdoc: That's high praise from a fellow gumbo master. 😀 Happy New Year!

17kidzdoc
Edited: Dec 26, 2018, 12:59pm Top

>16 drneutron: Ha! I've only made gumbo once, so I think you're far more of a gumbo master than I am, or ever will be.

18witchyrichy
Dec 26, 2018, 5:05pm Top

Thanks for getting the group going! And I agree with the gumbo consensus: looks delicious!

19SuziQoregon
Dec 26, 2018, 5:54pm Top

Hi Jim! Thanks for setting everything up. Just dropping off a star for now.

20drneutron
Dec 26, 2018, 6:41pm Top

>18 witchyrichy:, >19 SuziQoregon: Welcome to the madhouse! 😀

21Crazymamie
Dec 26, 2018, 7:04pm Top

Did someone say madhouse? My kinda place! Dropping a star, Jim. Thanks for setting us up again.

22lauralkeet
Dec 26, 2018, 7:57pm Top

>3 drneutron: a chart! Be still my heart.

Thanks for all you do for this group. It must be crazy busy at the new year when we are all diving in.

23drneutron
Dec 26, 2018, 8:52pm Top

>21 Crazymamie: Welcome back!

>22 lauralkeet: It’s a bit crazy, but not too bad. The first couple of weeks are the busiest. But I enjoy it!

24justchris
Dec 26, 2018, 10:07pm Top

Thanks for the all the work you do!

Mmmm, gumbo! Sounds like an excellent Christmas tradition.

25Ameise1
Dec 27, 2018, 6:01am Top

Thank you, Jim, for taking care of the group of 75 again this year. I'm happy to be back. I wish you a great year of reading.

26drneutron
Dec 27, 2018, 8:34am Top

>24 justchris: welcome back!

>25 Ameise1: I hope 2019 is great for you too!

27fuzzi
Dec 27, 2018, 9:57am Top

>1 drneutron: coming by to drop a star, and hoping to keep up with your popular thread(s) better this year. Thanks for all you do!

The gumbo looks wonderful. And that chart is amazing...love all the detail-oriented and organizing-types here at LT. :)

28drneutron
Dec 27, 2018, 2:09pm Top

Welcome back! I'm not as detail-oriented as the chart would imply - mrsdrneutron runs circles around me in that regard. Which works out very well for our family! 😀

29Berly
Dec 27, 2018, 2:57pm Top

>28 drneutron: Thanks for getting our group up and running! Love the gumbo up top and your reading graph. I'd say you're off to a great start. : )

30johnsimpson
Dec 27, 2018, 3:16pm Top

Hi Jim, looking forward to another good year with the 75ers and thanks for setting it all up mate.

31drneutron
Dec 27, 2018, 3:52pm Top

>29 Berly: Welcome! So far it's been a good start!

>30 johnsimpson: No worries - I'm having fun with it. Took this week off and have lots of time to put in. 😀

32ChelleBearss
Dec 27, 2018, 6:08pm Top

Thanks for setting us up again this year! Hope 2019 is a great one for you!

33drneutron
Dec 27, 2018, 7:38pm Top

I hope yours is great too!

34quondame
Dec 27, 2018, 9:07pm Top

Happy New Year Thread!



Thank you for a lovely space to spend not reading hours!

35drneutron
Dec 27, 2018, 9:08pm Top

Welcome to the madness that's my thread!

36AuntieClio
Dec 27, 2018, 11:26pm Top

*quietly joins in* 'llo

37BekkaJo
Dec 28, 2018, 3:09am Top

And starred - I'll try and be more talky, less lurky this year!

38SandDune
Dec 28, 2018, 3:27am Top

Happy New Thread (and New Year)! Dropped off a star.

39jessibud2
Dec 28, 2018, 8:44am Top

Happy new thread, Jim. And happy (almost) New Year!

40drneutron
Dec 28, 2018, 9:07am Top

>36 AuntieClio: Welcome back, Stephanie!

>37 BekkaJo:, >38 SandDune:, >39 jessibud2: Welcome to my thread!

41RebaRelishesReading
Dec 28, 2018, 12:06pm Top

Thanks for getting 2019 going!

42mstrust
Dec 28, 2018, 2:54pm Top

Happy new thread, Jim, and thanks so much for making the challenge for all of us!

43EBT1002
Dec 29, 2018, 5:30pm Top

Dropping off my star and adding my huge THANK YOU for setting us up for yet another year of reading together.

Happiest of Happy New Years to you, Jim!

44drneutron
Dec 29, 2018, 10:20pm Top

Welcome to the thread Reba, Jennifer, and Ellen!

45streamsong
Dec 30, 2018, 2:16pm Top

Happy New Year, Jim! Wow - sounds like adventures ahead, including space adventures.

Thank you for being the backbone of this group - and thank Mrs. DrN for putting up with the addiction!

46drneutron
Dec 30, 2018, 3:38pm Top

Thanks! And Happy New Year to you!

47alcottacre
Dec 30, 2018, 4:13pm Top

Hey, Jim! Just checking in.

Happy New Year!

48drneutron
Dec 30, 2018, 7:35pm Top

Welcome to the madness!

49The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2018, 2:51am Top

Happy New Year Jim!

50cindysprocket
Dec 31, 2018, 6:17am Top

Happy New Year !

51Kristelh
Dec 31, 2018, 6:53am Top

Happy New Year,

52katiekrug
Dec 31, 2018, 7:41am Top

Hi Jim! I've been lurking but realized I didn't drop off my star here.

Cheers to a new year!

53drneutron
Dec 31, 2018, 9:20am Top

Happy New Year Rachel, Cindy, Kristel, and Katie!

54Carmenere
Dec 31, 2018, 10:45am Top

Happy new thread and happy new year too, Jim!

55FAMeulstee
Dec 31, 2018, 11:46am Top

Happy reading in 2019, Jim, thanks for setting up the group again!

56quondame
Dec 31, 2018, 7:48pm Top


57drneutron
Dec 31, 2018, 7:49pm Top

58Berly
Dec 31, 2018, 8:24pm Top



Happy New Year!!

59brewbooks
Dec 31, 2018, 8:36pm Top

Thanks for moderating this group. It's quite an amazing group. One of my goals for 2019 is to be a bit more active in this community.

60drneutron
Dec 31, 2018, 8:50pm Top

Cool! You and I share some books I don't share with anybody else in the group. J. D. Jackson? Brings back nightmares from grad school. Are you a physicist?

61brodiew2
Dec 31, 2018, 8:52pm Top

Hello Jim! Happy New Year!

I finished up Star trek: Discovery and had a great time with it once I got use to the characters, Klingons, and setting. Season 2 looks to be exciting, but I'll probably have to wait a year to see it.

62drneutron
Dec 31, 2018, 8:54pm Top

We signed up for CBS All Access so we could watch the new season when it comes out in mid-January. The $5/month one, so we still see ads, but that's ok.

BTW, I *love* what they did with Harry Mudd!

63brodiew2
Dec 31, 2018, 9:07pm Top

Mudd was good. And they did might well using the Mirror Universe as well.

My big drawback was that Voq disappeared. I was just getting used to him and this version of the Klingons and, puff, he's gone. I see what they did, but...

64drneutron
Dec 31, 2018, 9:10pm Top

Yeah, the was an interesting plot line - we'll see if they do anything with it.

65Ameise1
Jan 1, 10:27am Top



I wish you from my heart a healthy 2019 filled with happiness, satisfaction, laughter and lots of good books.

66Donna828
Jan 1, 10:37am Top

One of my favorite things at the beginning of a new year is the flurry of threads in my favorite group. Thank you for setting things up once again, Jim. Happy New Year of Reading and building rocket ships! 🚀

67harrygbutler
Jan 1, 11:08am Top



Wishing you lots of good reading, and good eating, in 2019, Jim!

68msf59
Jan 1, 11:33am Top

Happy New Year, Jim and Happy New Thread. Looking forward to sharing another year of books with you! And hooray for our LT addiction! May it continue.

And thanks again, for all you do around here, my friend. We would be lost without you.

69drneutron
Jan 1, 11:44am Top

>65 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! I hope your 2019 is wonderful too!

>66 Donna828: Happy New Year!

>67 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! Same to you!

>68 msf59: Hey, Mark! This is the year I make a Chicago run. I hope! 😀

70mstrust
Jan 1, 11:58am Top

71charl08
Jan 1, 12:16pm Top

Happy New year Jim. More thanks from me for getting us going again (and keeping us going).

72figsfromthistle
Edited: Jan 1, 12:18pm Top

Happy New year and thank you for setting up this group!

73BLBera
Jan 1, 12:47pm Top

Happy New Year, Jim. Thanks for setting this up -- I guess it really does take a rocket scientist...

74Fourpawz2
Jan 1, 12:47pm Top

Thank you, Jim, for all you do. Hope you have a really good 2019!

75drneutron
Jan 1, 12:55pm Top

Thanks, everybody! Happy reading in 2019!

76drneutron
Jan 1, 1:43pm Top

And the first for 2019!

1. The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam

Adam has suffered from OCD for most of his life. In many ways, he's coped, but as he writes in the book, his OCD has limited him and occupies most of his waking thoughts. The Man Who Couldn't Stop is both his story, a fascinating look at the condition of OCD and how the brain works, and a history of psychiatry with regard to understanding and treating OCD. Quite a good start to the reading year!

77fuzzi
Jan 1, 4:56pm Top

>76 drneutron: sounds interesting!

78ronincats
Jan 1, 4:58pm Top

Dropping off my star, Jim!

79Berly
Jan 1, 6:20pm Top

>76 drneutron: Oh, that one sounds good. Dang you. You are trouble today! : )

80PaulCranswick
Jan 1, 6:33pm Top



Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Jim, this year.

81drneutron
Jan 1, 7:24pm Top

>77 fuzzi:, >79 Berly: It was a good one! I definitely recommend it.

>78 ronincats: Happy New Year to you!

>80 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! I hope your 2019 is an awesome one too!

82Familyhistorian
Jan 1, 11:20pm Top

Happy New Year, Jim. Thanks for setting up this chatty group again, I enjoy being part of the 75ers!

83banjo123
Jan 1, 11:37pm Top



looking forward to following your reading, etc, in 2019!

And thank you!!

84humouress
Jan 2, 4:37am Top

Happy New Year Jim! And happy new thread! (Although if you insist on posting delicious-looking food here and making me hungry, I may have to stay away.)



Wishing you and your family the best for 2019. Thanks for setting up the group again.

85kidzdoc
Edited: Jan 2, 9:47am Top

*checks thread for gumbo, jambalaya or étouffée*

Dang. I'll be back...

86drneutron
Jan 2, 9:56am Top

>82 Familyhistorian:, >83 banjo123:, >84 humouress: Happy new year to you and yours as well.

>85 kidzdoc: Nothing yet, though I did make some decent blue cheese burgers yesterday - the temperature was pretty moderate, so was able to bust out the grill for them!

87kidzdoc
Jan 2, 10:04am Top

>86 drneutron: Nice! I love blue cheese on burgers.

88jennyifer24
Jan 2, 10:11am Top

Happy New Year! Congrats on a book done already and thanks for being our fearless leader. Reading with a community sharing your goals makes life better :-)

89souloftherose
Jan 2, 11:47am Top

Happy new year Jim and a big thank you for all you do for this group each year!

90drneutron
Jan 2, 12:31pm Top

>88 jennyifer24: Got a couple more that will be done in the next day or so - these are lighter and I'm zipping through them.

>89 souloftherose: My pleasure! I enjoy the chance to give back a little to the LT community.

91nittnut
Jan 2, 12:41pm Top

Happy New Year! Thanks for keeping us all going for another year!

92mitchma
Jan 2, 5:26pm Top

Happy New Year, Jim. Starting my 7th year of the 75 Books challenge. Yay!! :)

93drneutron
Jan 2, 8:22pm Top

>91 nittnut: Happy New Year!

>92 mitchma: Cool! Welcome to my thread!

94michigantrumpet
Jan 2, 9:24pm Top

Planting my star. Looking forward to a great 2019, following your reading!

95karenmarie
Jan 3, 11:43am Top

Hi Jim!

Thank you for all you do for the group all year long, but especially now as we're all in a posting frenzy.

LT is a huge time sink for sure. Thanks, mrsdrneutron.

Your gumbo looks wonderful, your reading stats are fascinating. Only 3% dead authors in 2018?

96calm
Jan 3, 12:14pm Top

Happy Reading in 2019 Jim. Thanks for setting up the group again.

97RebaRelishesReading
Jan 3, 12:17pm Top

Adding my voice to the thanks for all of your work on the behalf of all of us!! 75'ers is a joyful part of my life and I really appreciate your providing it :)

98jnwelch
Jan 3, 2:30pm Top



Happy New Year, Jim! Thanks for getting us all set up again for 2019, buddy. I'm looking forward to more tales of the solar probe.

99drneutron
Jan 3, 2:56pm Top

>94 michigantrumpet: Welcome to the madness that is my thread... 😀

>95 karenmarie: Yeah, 3%. Almost all my reading comes from either the new book shelves at the library or the one at the local book store. I'd like to bump that one up, though.

>96 calm: Happy new year!

>97 RebaRelishesReading: Glad I can, in a small way, make the world better.

>98 jnwelch: Heh - now it's on to operations and data analysis. I'm starting to scout around for my next project.

100brenzi
Jan 3, 8:42pm Top

Hi Jim and Happy New Year! My four year old granddaughter acts like she has an early version of OCD although my daughter insists all toddlers do so idk. Anyway your first read interests me.

I’m afraid 37% of the authors I read last year were dead so I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not but I’m not surprised since I read a certain amount of old books every year lol.

101drneutron
Jan 3, 9:07pm Top

One of the things the author discusses is child development and nearly all toddler/preschoolers show behavior that appears OCD, but almost all grow out of it. He also makes it clear the OCD is all about the thoughts getting hung up on an anxiety. The external behaviors are used as an anxiety relief - which is why people do them over and over. So I wouldn’t worry just yet. 😀

102aktakukac
Jan 4, 11:24am Top

Hi Jim, Happy New Year and happy reading!

103thornton37814
Jan 4, 11:29am Top

Catching up on threads--or trying to do so! Happy new year!

104drneutron
Jan 4, 7:25pm Top

Happy new year to you both!

105brodiew2
Jan 4, 7:29pm Top

Hello Jim!

what is your favorite Star Trek novel across the series?

106alcottacre
Jan 4, 7:34pm Top

>76 drneutron: Adding that one to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Jim!

107drneutron
Jan 4, 8:12pm Top

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Second in the series, just a reread on a whim. Holds up pretty well, and it’s cool to see hints of things to come!

3. Legion by Brandon Sanderson

Stephen Leeds sees hallucinations. In fact, he’s got about fifty people helping him solve problems and clean up messes. They’re not just hallucinations, though, they hold expertise he’s built to be provided as needed. And it’s getting harder and harder to hold it together while helping folks who need him.

Sanderson’s great, of course. Leeds is one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across. These novellas are well done - it’s a shame he doesn’t plan to write more!

108drneutron
Jan 4, 8:16pm Top

>105 brodiew2: I have a nostalgia for the old Star Trek books that Bantam put out. Spock Must Die, etc.

>106 alcottacre: No problem - it was a good one!

109LovingLit
Jan 4, 10:56pm Top

Christmas gumbo looks spot on!!! We had Christmas crepes and berries for breakfast, and cold Christmas ham for dinner. So long as it has Christmas in the title, I reckon its Christmassy ;)

Happy new year and thread!

110BekkaJo
Jan 5, 6:34am Top

Starred and late Happy New Year wishes!

111paulstalder
Jan 5, 7:40am Top



Happy new year.
I wish, that you may find a good and solid path in 2019

112johnsimpson
Jan 5, 3:57pm Top

Three books already Jim, that's a good start mate.

113alcottacre
Jan 5, 4:16pm Top

>107 drneutron: Legion looks like a good one - and my local library has a copy! Thanks for the recommendation, Jim.

114antqueen
Jan 5, 5:48pm Top

>107 drneutron: I need to get around to Sanderson one of these days. I picked up one last year but haven't gotten around to reading it yet, and Legion sounds good too. Another to add to my wishlist...

115SuziQoregon
Jan 5, 6:37pm Top

Ooh - your first book of the year sounds interesting

>107 drneutron: I've been rereading the Harry Potters as the illustrated editions with artwork by Jim Kay have been released. The next one out will be Goblet of Fire some time this year.

116drneutron
Jan 5, 8:32pm Top

>109 LovingLit: It was a pretty good gumbo! Your treats sound pretty good too!

>110 BekkaJo:, >111 paulstalder: Happy New Year!

>112 johnsimpson: Yep, and so far all have been good!

>113 alcottacre: No prob. I think you’ll like it.

>114 antqueen: Sanderson’s great! All of his I’ve read have been good.

>115 SuziQoregon: It was - I thought it was great. The Potters are good too. 😀

117swynn
Jan 6, 2:09am Top

Finally made it to 2019! I'm dropping a star and wishing your thread a happy 2019. Thanks for doing this again!

118SirThomas
Jan 6, 3:54am Top

A little belated Happy New Year.
A little belated Happy New Thread.
I wish you and yours a year full of books, love, friends and health.

And many thanks for your work for this marvelous group.

119drneutron
Jan 6, 8:41am Top

>117 swynn: Welcome to the new year!

>118 SirThomas: Thanks for the good wishes! I hope you have a great 2019 too.

120msf59
Jan 6, 8:47am Top

Happy Sunday, Jim. I have been busy taking advantage of this mild Midwest weather, but I have neglected the threads. I will attempt to catch up a bit, since there are no birding excursions today. Grins...

I hope you are having a great weekend and have some good books going.

121sibyx
Jan 6, 9:27am Top

Stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year and to thank you for your care of ther 75 group.

Love the chart of interesting reading stats near the top of thread.

Happy Reading!

122drneutron
Jan 6, 5:45pm Top

>120 msf59: Yup, got a Stephen King ebook and an sf apocalyptic thing Mrsdrneutron recommended. I hope your birding gets going again soon!

>121 sibyx: Thanks! Happy New Year to you!

123brewbooks
Edited: Jan 7, 3:23am Top

> Your quantification impresses me, I need to do something similar for 2018. One question, category (fiction/nonfiction) only sums to 67, not 112.

124AuntieClio
Jan 7, 8:42pm Top

>3 drneutron: And I thought I was spreadsheet happy!

125brodiew2
Jan 7, 8:57pm Top

Hello Jim! I hope your day is going well.

>108 drneutron: Thanks. I've seen that one around. I think I can get it for peanuts from HPB (Half Price Books)!

126drneutron
Jan 8, 3:46pm Top

>123 brewbooks: hmm. I copied some numbers off my spreadsheet incorrectly. I’ll fix it when I get home. Thanks for the catch!

> 124 This one’s - I’ve seen some really complicated ones out there!

>125 brodiew2: It’s probably worth a read, but I have no idea how well it’s held up... 😀

127drneutron
Jan 8, 3:54pm Top

Well, yesterday was quite the day. We started at 2 am when we got up to head to the airport to catch a flight to Miami. Then after a few hours of layover and a mediocre airport breakfast, another flight to Barbados. I booked a “meet and greet” service to get us through Immigration and Customs, then on to the rental car.

Barbados is a great island, but roads aren’t marked much, and the iPhone wouldn’t connect to the Internet. So I got to navigate from my bad memory of internet surfing last week. While driving on the wrong side of the road. 😀 It was a bit of an adventure - just the kind of thing we have fun with - and eventually got to a great hotel in time for a great dinner!

Today was Beach day. The place has a beach butler that will bring you drinks all day and happily add it to the room bill! We might have taken a bit of advantage of that!

And tomorrow, believe it or not, there’s an LT meetup! We’re meeting Victoria (vikzen), one of our new 75ers, for drinks. Small world, huh? 😀

128katiekrug
Jan 8, 3:58pm Top

Have a great time, Jim! Sounds lovely - and yay for a meet-up! Say hi to Vic from me :)

129johnsimpson
Jan 8, 4:00pm Top

>127 drneutron:, Glad you are having a good time Jim and taking advantage of the beach butler, looking forward to taking advantage of the pool butler when we go to Madeira at the end of July. Big yay for an LT meet up in Barbados, that's the way to do it mate.

130drneutron
Jan 8, 4:01pm Top

4. Revival by Stephen King

Different sort of story for King. A small-time musician makes contact at various points in his life with a man - Methodist pastor, carnie huckster, tent revival preacher - who uses a secret energy to enact miracle cures with a price. Nicely Weird ending!

131richardderus
Jan 8, 4:13pm Top

>127 drneutron: What a great day...all's well that ends well, in my book...and an equally interesting tomorrow. Enjoy, goodness knows you've earned a good time away from all your responsibilities.

132drneutron
Jan 8, 4:28pm Top

>128 katiekrug: Will do! I’ll pass on all the 75er vibes.

>129 johnsimpson: I’d love to visit Madeira some day. Not enough years to do all I want. Have a great time there!

>131 richardderus: Thanks, Richard! We’ve both pretty seasoned travelers and tend to treat these things as adventures, not stressors. It was certainly a chance to see a side of the island not often seen by tourists! 😀

133johnsimpson
Jan 8, 4:32pm Top

>132 drneutron:, We will have a great time, third visit and to the same hotel, we love the island and if I got a nice little lottery win I would get a place over there. Shame there are no English language books available but it is Fountain Pen heaven for me, lol.

134lauralkeet
Jan 8, 7:15pm Top

We've only been to Barbados to board (and disembark from) a cruise ship. We took a somewhat amusing bus tour to kill time before our return flight, which gave us a chance to see more of the island. Caribbean beaches are lovely this time of year. Enjoy!

135BLBera
Jan 8, 7:49pm Top

Sounds great, Jim. Don't forget the meet-up photos.

136drneutron
Jan 8, 8:38pm Top

>134 lauralkeet: Yep, it’s definitely beautiful here! We’re going to make a quick visit to the beach in the morning, then spend a bit of time roaming around this part of th3 island. There’s a fabric shop Mrsdrneutron wants to visit - lots of colorful stuff for quilting! Gonna try to find it tomorrow.

>135 BLBera: oh, I’m on it! 😀

137msf59
Jan 8, 8:42pm Top

Have a great time in Barbados, Jim. Sounds like a beautiful place. Keep us posted on those adventures.

138brenzi
Jan 8, 9:54pm Top

Sounds just heavenly Jim. Have a great time.

139Whisper1
Jan 8, 9:56pm Top

Happy New Year Jim. It sounds like your vacation is lovely.

140Dejah_Thoris
Jan 8, 11:16pm Top

>127 drneutron: It sounds marvelous - enjoy!

141ronincats
Jan 8, 11:47pm Top

Sounds wonderful, and your choice of reading material is exquisite! ;-)

142Familyhistorian
Jan 9, 1:20am Top

Kudos for finding your way to the hotel with sketchy info, Jim. Have a great meet up!

143RebaRelishesReading
Jan 9, 12:06pm Top

Sounds like a great start to a wonderful trip. I was in Barbados several years ago and really liked it. Hope you have a wonderful time.

144mstrust
Jan 9, 1:38pm Top

I'm glad you're having a good time. Yay, Beach Butler!

145drneutron
Jan 9, 5:41pm Top

Thanks, everyone! I’ve just gotten back to the hotel after meeting Victoria for an afternoon drink. She’s an absolutely delightful person. I know she’ll fit in - when Mrsdrneutron and I got there, she was reading a book while waiting for us!

Picture to follow...

146humouress
Jan 10, 1:14am Top

Caribbean beaches - have been on my to-do wish list for ages! Lucky you. And an LT meet-up; you got to welcome a newbie. All good stuff. Enjoy your holiday.

And, for the record, well done for driving on the correct side of the road.

147drneutron
Jan 10, 8:54am Top

>146 humouress: This one’s a great one if you decide to take the plunge, so to speak!

This is actually my third time driving on the left - St Thomas about 10 years ago and Scotland a few years after that. It doesn’t take much effort to make the switch when the steering wheel is on the right. In St Thomas, though, I drove a car an American style car on the left - that was hard! 😀

148ChelleBearss
Jan 10, 9:14am Top

Enjoy your trip! What an amazing place for a meet-up too!

149The_Hibernator
Jan 10, 9:29am Top

>127 drneutron: How fun that you get a meetup! (Got a meetup, I guess.) I love meetups.

150SuziQoregon
Jan 10, 2:20pm Top

Yikes on the adventure of driving from the aiport to the hotel! Glad you made it and are enjoy the beach time. Yay for an LT meetup!!

151brodiew2
Edited: Jan 10, 4:07pm Top

>145 drneutron: sounds like you are having a splandid time, Jim! I look forward to the picture.

I noticed your comments on the sf thread about Hell Divers. Sounds like my cuppa.

152drneutron
Jan 10, 4:20pm Top

>148 ChelleBearss: Yep, it’s been great, and the meetup was a nice bonus!

>149 The_Hibernator: Vic gets to New York occasionally, she said, so maybe you’ll have a chance to meet up!

>150 SuziQoregon: It wasn’t that bad - just mostly a long day, followed by a day of hangin* out on the beach, which made up for it!

>151 brodiew2: yeah, based on the first two chapters, I think you would. I left that one home (library book), so won’t get back to it until the weekend.

153drneutron
Jan 10, 4:29pm Top

Daily Report from Barbados:

Excellent breakfast, followed by a leisurely sit by the beach until mid morning. Left the hotel for a tour of a sugar plantation begun in 1683. Had a great tour and bought some of their excellent rum to keep and to share. Had lunch in Speightown at a place actual Barbadans eat called the Fisherman’s Pub, tried several local dishes, all good! Followed that with a trip to a wildlife preserve and got there just in time for the daily feeding. No cages - monkeys all around us eating and fighting each other and the deer and tortoises for food. Lots of pictures! Ended with a drive along the east side of the island along 5he Atlantic to see some beautiful scenery! Dinner at the hotel restaurant - which is top notch in my book.

Tomorrow’s plans are to spend a little more time on the beach, then attempt to find this fabric store with African fabrics Mrsdrneutron can turn into quilted stuff. Then in the afternoon, catch a plane to Baltimore and if all goes well, get home around midnight.

Short trip, but very relaxing, and boatloads of fun!

154msf59
Jan 10, 4:43pm Top

Excellent vacation report, Jim. Hooray for wildlife reserves, monkeys and rum.

It is mid-20s here. Cloudy and raw. I would rather be with you.

155drneutron
Jan 10, 4:46pm Top

Yeah, we’re supposed to get several inches of snow Sunday. It’ll be a shocking transition back...

156Ameise1
Jan 10, 4:48pm Top

It's sounds like you have a fabulous time. Enjoy it.

157richardderus
Jan 10, 7:30pm Top

>153 drneutron: What a lovely day. Hoping your transition won't be quite as brutal as you're concerned it will be.

158humouress
Jan 12, 3:40am Top

>153 drneutron: Ahh.... Sounds delightful; just the right mix of relaxation and productivity (in that order of importance).

159drneutron
Jan 12, 8:39am Top

>156 Ameise1:, >157 richardderus:, >158 humouress: It was definitely a great day!

160drneutron
Jan 12, 8:44am Top

Well, we’re back! We found the fabric shop and Mrsdrneutron came away with about 5 yards of handmade African fabric that she plans to use for gifts (including herself, I suspect 😀). Flights back were uneventful, but long, and we got back home at about 1AM. Where it was 24 F with snow in the forecast - after leaving 84 F...

All in all, it was a great, and very relaxing, vacation! The mother in law didn’t have any major crises, and the son was able to take care of everthing and get some work done on his dissertation.

And now back to real life...

161swynn
Jan 12, 9:44am Top

Welcome back, Jim, and sorry about the cold. (Well, less sorry about the cold than envious about the 84°, but you know.) Sounds like an excellent vacation!

162RebaRelishesReading
Jan 12, 1:49pm Top

Glad you had an uneventful trip home and that your vacation was so restful.

163alcottacre
Jan 12, 2:04pm Top

>160 drneutron: Glad to hear that the meet up and the vacation were both a success.

Sorry about the return to real life. . .

164drneutron
Jan 12, 2:28pm Top

Thanks, folks. I think we’re having snow day tomorrow, so we’ll consider that part of the vacation and stay in and read!

165kidzdoc
Jan 12, 2:33pm Top

Welcome back, Jim! I'm glad that you and your wife had a lovely vacation in Barbados. Will there be photos?

166drneutron
Jan 12, 2:48pm Top

Yup, just need to get them from her iPhone!

167charl08
Jan 12, 4:59pm Top

>166 drneutron: In that case I'll pop back. Sounds wonderful.

168weird_O
Jan 12, 5:13pm Top

Glad to read that your holiday was terrific.

Just curious. Does the gov't shutdown impact your team in any way?

169SandDune
Jan 12, 5:18pm Top

Barbados sounds lovely. I’ve never been.

170lauralkeet
Jan 12, 7:09pm Top

Welcome back! I'm glad you found the fabric shop. It sounds like a great vacation. I hope it's not too difficult re-adjusting to the weather.

171figsfromthistle
Jan 12, 7:56pm Top

Welcome back. I'm glad you had a nice vacation :)

172vancouverdeb
Jan 12, 8:56pm Top

Oh, handmade African Fabric! I don't sew, but that sure sounds tempting. Glad you had a nice holiday!

173justchris
Jan 12, 10:39pm Top

Sounds like a great vacation! And a fantastic fabric find.

174drneutron
Jan 12, 11:28pm Top

Thanks, everyone! Went out for hot pot with the son this evening - he’s headed back to Indiana tomorrow after being here for a few weeks, so we’re getting back into the swing of things.

>168 weird_O: we have a forward funded contract, so we’re good until the money runs out in a few months. But eventually, yeah, it’ll be a problem.

175Berly
Jan 13, 12:53am Top

Glad you had so much fun on your trip! A little sunshine in the midst of winter is always nice.

Hope the shutdown doesn't last that long!!

Post the meet-up picture already!! : )

176vikzen
Jan 13, 8:35am Top

Hey everybody (but especially Jim)! Super late on catching up on the thread, school has been ridiculous.
I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation! It was lovely to meet you and mrsdrneutron, I had a wonderful time at the meetup! Also glad you enjoyed our food at Fisherman's Pub (how was the view?), and that mrsdrneutron got her fabric. I hope you come back and visit our little island again sometime :)
Glad you are back safely and hope all goes well for the rest of the winter. I took a look at the solar probe and can I just say it is So. Freaking. Cool!

Looking forward to the pic like everybody else haha :)

177karenmarie
Jan 13, 10:56am Top

Hi Jim!

It sounds like an exciting, drink-and-fabric-filled vacation.

I'm glad your project is 'forward-funded' and hope the shutdown ends soon. What a mess this all is.

178Crazymamie
Jan 13, 11:11am Top

Your mini-vacation sounds full of fabulous, Jim. I am impressed that you even managed to squeeze in a meet-up.

179ChelleBearss
Jan 13, 3:09pm Top

Sorry to see that you are back to real life but enjoy your last days off work before returning!

180Dejah_Thoris
Jan 13, 9:18pm Top

Fabulous sounding trip - how wonderful!

>174 drneutron: It's good to hear that your group, at least, is still working. Fingers crossed that this all settles soon.

181drneutron
Jan 14, 3:45pm Top

The long-awaited Barbados pics!

Here's the meetup pic with Victoria:



And here's one of our beach view:


182RebaRelishesReading
Jan 14, 3:46pm Top

Nice pictures! Beautiful beach.

183drneutron
Edited: Jan 14, 3:47pm Top

Here's a green monkey we came across:



And here's our last sunset:



184drneutron
Edited: Jan 14, 3:49pm Top

And here we are at the airport having one last beer before heading back to wintery Baltimore:



Yes, we were reading...

185ronincats
Jan 14, 3:49pm Top

Oooh, wonderful, wonderful photos, Jim!!

186drneutron
Jan 14, 3:49pm Top

>182 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks! It was gorgeous there!

187charl08
Jan 14, 3:52pm Top

Lovely pictures! Thanks for posting them.

188vancouverdeb
Jan 14, 5:08pm Top

Great pictures, Jim! Ohh, nice and warm and all of you look great! Back to snowy Baltimore. Yikes! It's bad enough here, where our temps are about 8 -9 C most days and most days it is foggy/ rainy - day after day in the winter. We do get some sunny days, but sometimes they are few and far between. Today is very foggy and misty out.

189richardderus
Jan 14, 5:55pm Top

What a lovely, lovely change from the wintertime! And Victoria looks exactly like the person who posts her posts.

I hope that made sense, it did when I said it in my head.

190jnwelch
Jan 14, 6:16pm Top

Sounds like a wonderful trip, Jim, and a good respite from the gray and cold. Love the photos - I'm glad you were able to meet up with Victoria.

191msf59
Jan 14, 6:48pm Top

Love the vacation photos, Jim. Looks like a beautiful place. And hooray for a Meet-Up in an exotic locale.

192jessibud2
Jan 14, 7:06pm Top

Great photos, Jim!

193thornton37814
Jan 14, 8:03pm Top

I hope I can visit Barbados some day!

194drneutron
Jan 14, 8:06pm Top

>185 ronincats:, >187 charl08: Thanks! We have a bunch more, but i thought these captured the trip well.

>188 vancouverdeb: We really benefitted from some midwinter sun to get rid of the winter blues, plus we got a snow day on Sunday to just hang out at the house and chill. Of course, first day back at work was a madhouse! 😀

>189 richardderus: Yep, made sense! And she’s just like I imagines her!

>190 jnwelch: I wouldn’t mind making some sort of mid-winter getaway a habit... 😀

>191 msf59: Exotic - best kind! 😀

>192 jessibud2: Thanks!

195drneutron
Jan 14, 8:06pm Top

>193 thornton37814: I highly recommend it!

196fuzzi
Jan 14, 8:19pm Top

Enjoyed the pictures, thanks for sharing them with us!

197Familyhistorian
Jan 15, 12:54am Top

Wonderful vacation photos, Jim. Kudos for remembering the meet-up shot. Looks like you had a great time and a great break from winter.

198Berly
Jan 15, 1:01am Top

Finally! The Pictures! : )

199scaifea
Jan 15, 6:55am Top

Fantastic photos, Jim!! It looks like you had a great time.

I love seeing photos of you and your wife - you always look so happy together and that makes me smile.

200alcottacre
Jan 15, 7:52am Top

Love the photos, Jim! Thank you for sharing them!

201lauralkeet
Jan 15, 8:03am Top

Great photos, Jim, thanks for sharing!

202drneutron
Jan 15, 8:25am Top

>196 fuzzi: I'm glad you like them! It was definitely a trip to remember.

>197 Familyhistorian: Oh, always the meet-up pics! I really enjoy seeing others' too.

>198 Berly: 😀 Still working on getting our act back together after being gone...

>199 scaifea: Thanks! I think she's a peach. DOn't know how she puts up with me. 😀

>200 alcottacre:, >201 lauralkeet: Thanks! Glad you like them!

203drneutron
Jan 15, 9:01am Top

Time for a new thread - come join me!

204ChelleBearss
Jan 15, 9:18am Top

Great meet-up and vacation pics! I an longing for a warm vacation!

205drneutron
Jan 15, 9:23am Top

>204 ChelleBearss: This was our first big beach/warm place vacation in the winter, and I think it did mrsdrneutron a world of good to get some sunshine. Gonna try to do it again next year, though maybe not in quite the same place - we tend to travel to new places when we can.

206laytonwoman3rd
Jan 15, 10:08am Top

>183 drneutron: Why is that a green monkey? Inquiring minds and all that.

207drneutron
Jan 15, 12:15pm Top

>206 laytonwoman3rd: No idea, but that’s what they’re called! 😀

208humouress
Feb 6, 3:15am Top

Wonderful photos. Thank you.

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