Archive for July, 2019

bookmark: life expectancy

Life Expectancy – by Dean Koontz

It is a pretty rare occasion that I get wrapped up enough in a book to want to do nothing but read it, but this book fell into that category. I had read a blurb about the book that piqued my interest. It said that the main character’s grandfather made a death-bed prediction of five terrible days that his grandson would experience in his life, and had made this prediction at the same time that his grandson was being born. That short summary was enough for me to check the library for an available copy, and once into the book, the story just pulled me along.

Dean Koontz is a well-known author who has written many books. I must confess that I have not read any of his books before this (though I do seem to recall possibly reading one long ago, but would not swear to that) but will definitely seek out his other books when the urge hits for a really good story. I would expect his other books to be as good.

Likable characters – even the bad guys had their good points – and a fast moving plot kept me glued to the book. A appealing life’s philosophy added to the appeal of the book. And, hoping not to be a spoiler here, an ending that didn’t disappoint helped a lot. To finish a book in two days is practically unheard of for me, but that’s how much I enjoyed the book. I better allow for that when I read another book by Mr. Koontz.

Finished 7/28/19

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter – by J.S. Drangsholt

I would prefer to not keep company with the main character of this book, nor anyone within her business sphere. If you are into addle-brained, neorotic, self-centered people, you may like her, but I’ll take a pass. There were too many times reading this book when I wanted to reach out and slap Ingrid Winter up the side of the head in a most likely failed attempt to wake her up out of her self-absorbed existence.

On the other hand, the book was easy to read. The educational system political machinations that form a large part of the plot to this book surely come from the author’s personal experiences as a teacher and ring true, the same as office politics in any business. In the end, I did finish the book, so I guess it wasn’t too terrible sticking it out.

To each his own, I suppose. Maybe I’m not Norwegian enough to appreciate the story, which was originally written in Norwegian. Let’s mark it up to that, rather than weariness of reading about a woman who will probably never get her shit together in life.

Finished 7/26/19

how long before?

It’s not like it was a new thought, but it hit me pretty hard. I was thinking, hmmm, my mother died at the age of seventy-two. If I were to die at that same age, that would mean that I only have three years left on this earth. Holy Shit! Three years? Do you know how short three years is? And at my age, there’s no guarantee that I have even that long. Let’s assume that I live to eighty-two, like my dad did. That still means only thirteen more years – better, but no brass ring. So what do you do with a thought like that?

First, I’ve already accepted the idea that I’m going to die. That was a tough one, and by “accepted” I mean that I understand the reality of it, not a willingness to go gentle into that good night. No one gets out of here alive. But that acceptance doesn’t mean, “Ho-hum, I guess I’ll just sit here waiting for the ol’ Grim Reaper.” No, it’s more a slap upside the head that says “Hey, DO SOMETHING!”

Why is it that the bucket list gets longer as life gets shorter? I want to do things now that I never wanted to do before, and that includes things that I haven’t a prayer in hell of doing, given the aging of my abilities. Even given the physical ability to do something, you must consider whether you really have enough life left to do some of those things, particularly when it comes to monetary investments. No sense buying a grand piano because the likelihood of becoming a concert pianist in your lifetime is – let’s face it – impossible. However, I would never piss on someone’s dream to accomplish that goal, even at my age, but I might suggest just renting a piano, or buying an inexpensive keyboard.

Anyways, it’s back to actually doing something instead of griping about the limitations imposed by age, and realizing that the limitation isn’t so much your age, but your attitude. I guess mine can use a little adjustment.

bookmark: will not attend

Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation – by Adam Resnick

Okay, I laughed out loud while reading most of this book. Mr. Resnick is a bit of a misanthrope, and I can relate. I particularly like the bit about going to Disney World. However, his description of the family life of his youth left me thinking that no person should have to grow up like that, and that it explained a lot about his current attitude towards life and people. That chapter in the book was depressing and, while it provided relevant background, it was in no way humorous. Once again, I was reminded of how fortunate I have been in much of my life. Still, the rest of the book was snarky and funny. If you’ve got an attitude, too, you might appreciate it.

Finished 7/3/19