2-liter Bottles at the Library

A few weeks ago, I wandered over to Sunnyvale to meet with friends. I had a gap in my schedule, so I camped out at the library there, to be productive while I was killing time. There was a man using the library computer. He was watching autopsy videos and laughing his head off. Already a questionable fellow because of that. I look over and he is about 3/4 of the way through a 2-liter bottle of Mountain Dew with a second one ready to go when he finishes. I decided that I was not going to interact with this guy at all. Nope.

Later that week, I went to the library near the college campus, since I needed to finish homework before class started. I sit at a table with two other people. One person is making work phone calls at the top of his lungs, so I put in my noise cancelling earbuds and drown out almost everything he is saying. At one point, he is trying to get my attention to watch his stuff while he goes off to use the restroom. I couldn’t hear a thing. Those things are great!

Across the table from the work phone call guy is a woman who has her whole setup going. I don’t know if she’s working or doing school work or just hanging out with books and a laptop. I wasn’t paying much attention until she got up to step onto the patio to eat lunch. She had a bunch of food containers but left behind a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi with her laptop. It was a lot to carry, I understand. I didn’t think a lot of it, but it was interesting because of the 2-liter bottle guy at the Sunnyvale library earlier in the week.

I went back the following week, and the woman was there again. This time, with a 2-liter bottle of orange soda. I wonder if it’s just part of what she packs for the library or if it was coincidental. Also, I wondered if she goes there every day. I meant to go back to check, but I haven’t done it yet.

Merry Christmas 2022/Happy New Year 2023

We’re ending 2022 soon. The week between Christmas and New Year is a good time to reflect on what’s happened and what’s to come.

I managed to finish my degree. I should be getting my diploma in the next few months. This week, I am anxiously awaiting final grades for 3 more classes. They are supposedly due at midnight tomorrow. I’m not terribly worried, but I still am anxious. I am happy that I don’t have to worry about writing in MLA or Chicago format anymore. I am not going for my master’s degree. I decided.

I finished my annual reading goal. I set a goal of 125, but I did a little more than that, and I still have a few days to go. I should finish one or two by New Year’s Eve. If not, then they will count for next year.

As usual, I am not making any resolutions. I plan to work on time management and adding gym time to my routine. I also am hoping to not allow procrastination to get the best of me.

Maybe in 2023 I will get my car cleaned out. I have been driving several projects around with me for months. Maybe by mid-January I will finally get them delivered to their actual locations.

I have to set my reading goal for 2023. Because I don’t have school reading, I hope to be able to read more stuff that I want to read instead of assigned readings. I still have bookclubs, so some of the books will be somewhat assigned. I am trying to decide if I should keep the same goal that I had this year, or if I should add a book or two or five to the 2022 goal. I have a few days to decide.

I plan on setting a swimming goal. I have several people willing to help me by swimming with me. I just have to get everything and everyone scheduled.

I also plan on a daily step goal increase. I have been close to meeting my goal for several months, but now that I don’t have to be in classes or doing homework, I hope I can increase it.

Thank you, 2022. Here’s to a great 2023!

What Were the Negro Leagues? by Varian Johnson

What Were the Negro Leagues?

What Were the Negro Leagues? by Varian Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great information for young readers to understand about the Negro Leagues. Many young people do not understand how important these players were to the early years of baseball and this book points them in the right direction.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in baseball’s history. It is a great start.

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Doggie escape artist

We usually keep the door between the upstairs level and the downstairs level closed. Molly, the dog, usually stays upstairs with my daughters when one of them is home. Molly prefers to be downstairs with me, but I don’t always announce my arrival.

Molly has appeared randomly when she hears me coming home from work, but she usually has someone send her downstairs, because she’s afraid of partially open doors. She needs a door person to help her.

The other day, I got home from the grocery store and started unloading the groceries and emptying bags into their places in the kitchen. Molly appeared randomly to greet me. She then followed me around, helping me with everything I was doing. We settled down to finish up my homework for my last class.

About an hour passed and my daughter phoned me asking if I knew where Molly went. Yes, she’s sound asleep in the chair while I do homework. Molly snorted loudy to prove it. My daughters each thought the other one had Molly with her and they ran into each other and found no Molly. It took them an hour to realize she was missing. I told Molly she needs to let them know when she leaves next time. She responded with another snore and continued her nap.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story, but I think that there were way too many topics that intersect in it. Racial, generational, LGBT, and feminist issues all pop up, but, then again, they do in everyday life. Each person isn’t just one thing, and this family certainly isn’t, either.

I would recommend the book. It is definitely worth reading.

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