July 16th, 2003

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Reviews/Previews/Other stuff


I just read a great book. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. It's set in Botswana and is about a woman who sets up a small detective agency and solves several mysteries. It has a rambling sort of style that jumps backwards and forwards in time. The discussion of African culture is very interesting, and the book is really funny as well. In an odd way, it reminds me of the Mitford books because it is "heart-warming," although it is not relentlessly Christian. The author has written two more in the series, so I will definitely have to pick those up.


Saw "Pirates of the Carribean" last week and loved it. Johnny Depp is hilarious. I'll definitely get the DVD. I next want to see "Seabiscuit." I read the book, which was a great story of an underdog horse. For some reason I love racing books (Dick Francis, anyone?) even though I have been on a horse only once or twice in my life. OK, this is the MOVIE section--stop talking about books!! I also want to see: "Gigantic" which is about They Might Be Giants, but it's not coming here! :( "A Mighty Wind" which is not playing any more--didnt play at the corporate megaloplexes in the suburbs so I didnt get a chance to go.


Haven't been watching much TV since it is summer, but my dad told me about Monk, the USA show about a detective with OCD. It is pretty good. Ordered the premiere episode on DVD. My laptop with DVD player is getting a workout.

Other Stuff

Interesting finding on a possible early predictor of autism here.

Who would buy that is a hilarious site about weird stuff people sell online .
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Why I hate Steak and Shake

To be fair, I only hate the Steak and Shake in Plano, TX. In my life, a restaurant has two chances. Then I am done.

Chance One: a couple of weeks ago, the family decided to try The new Steak and Shake. The waitress, Meghaen, asked if we were ready to order but left befor we could give our drink order. 10 minutes later she comes back and gets our total order. 10 minutes later we get our drinks. 30 min after that we get our food, except she did not put in one of the orders so poor A. didn't get food. Plus our side items were missing. Over the next 20 minutes, we eventually got all our food but I swear she brought each item one at a time.

Chance two: I guess I had forgotten about the service, but we went again tonight. Somehow, we got the same waitress. We insisted she take our drink order at first. 10 minutes later we got our drinks. This time we got our food in 20 minutes, but she was missing the side items on A's food. Later, B asked her if we could get a dinner to go and she said sure! without bothering to write it down. She then came back and took our check. Later she brought our check back but the dinner was not added. She said it would be added when we went to pay. We went to the counter to pay after dinner, and the guy at the counter didn't know what we were talking about. THen the waitress came up and asked B his name so she could 'put in' the order. "You mean you haven't put in the order YET?" asked a flabbergasted B. She claimed her manager told her not to put in the order until we were leaving. We were not about to wait another 20 minutes so we left.

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Wishing I could write poetry

I just finished reading the poems in gurdonpoems. They are highly recommended!

I wish I had the lyrical way with words that poets have. I feel as though there are interesting ideas in my head that are as hard as concrete--they will not move down from my brain and into my fingers. They won't even move from my images to my words. I've always been more of a reader and reactor than a creator. Oh well, I guess audiences are needed too!
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