June 8th, 2004



The other day, I heard one of the radio talking heads advance the idea that part of California's gas price problem is because there's no competition.

Meanwhile, back home, they're having something close to price wars between the Wal*Mart supercenter, the grocery store, and the other gas stations. The grocery store even had a special sale:

A two-hour sale on gasoline packed the pumps at Buehler's Buy-Low in Tell City Thursday evening. Customers in cars, pickup trucks and even a camper or two waited for up to 45 minutes to purchase gas at $1.49 per gallon, nearly 40 cents below the regular price. Rick Wilgus, manager of the Tell City store, said all of Buehler's stores participated in the 5 to 7 p.m. special. Approximately 2,700 gallons of gasoline was sold during the period.(From the Perry County News.)

And this morning the price on base here in San Diego was $2.20...county average is $2.36.

Booklust indulged

Since I had to go in and drop off the Jazzercise form and payment for the kid, I had some time before I had to come back to fetch her.

So I went to the Salvation Army to browse books, and was rewarded with:

Papberback editions of Little House on the Prarie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, The Long Winter, and By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ozma of Oz by Baum, The Twenty-One Balloons by Pene du Bois, and 2095 and Your MotherWas a Neanderthal by Scieszka.

The adult haul of four hardcovers included Pattern Recognition by William Gibson and Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman. I cannot describe how tickled I was to find a copy of The Fleet the Gods Forgot. It focuses on the Pacific Fleet right after Pearl Harbor, and also contains the remarkable story of the sailors who took a motor whaleboat from Corrigedor to Australia.

The last find was a small history book printed in 1912: A General History of the World, Vol IV, which has a stamp inside for Assandawi Outdoor School for Girls. The spine is crumbling off, though, so I stuck it in a ziplock until I can figure out how to preserve what's still there. I like reading old history or political books, because they tell so much about how Americans viewed the rest of the world at that time.

Squee! Books!

Newspapers again

The hometown paper puts out a special section every year at the Schweizerfest, and this year they are planning to feature stories and photos from veterans and people who helped support the nation's wars--all of them.

Am considering writing up something--could be about going to the Gulf in 1991, or Sep 11, or sitting off the coast of Pakistan steaming slow circles around the amphibs. Could mention lots of stuff, can't mention some things, of course. I doubt they want drunk bar-stories, of which I have several.

But if they chose to print any of it, the family would sure be tickled.
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    thoughtful thoughtful

From the last paragraph of that 1912 history book

"The present outlook is that reason and enlightened selfishness will eventually triumph over the suspicions, ignorance, and greed from which wars arise, and that an era of universal peace will be ushered in."

Duruy, V., Grosvenor, E. A., & Van Norman, L. E. 1912. A General History of the World, Vol. VI. New York: The Review of Reviews Co.

Nice though that sounds, it wasn't true back in 1912 or in any time since. And to be honest, I cannot imagine a time when we could have universal peace.
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    cynical cynical

First review ever

Tangent Online has a review of "Love of the Sea" if you have a subscription to see it now. It shows up as "+Strange Horizons ()" under the Latest Reviews list.

I went to work with such a warm glow...of course, such feelings fade fast in CubicleVille. Maybe it's the size of the room with its high ceiling that makes me feel even smaller and irrelevant to the command. I definitely don't feel like this on ship days.

But enough of that. Back to happy thoughts and warm glows.