Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rox and Darlene

Tom McBride has just released a new mystery (actually two mysteries) featuring super sleuths Rox Zander and Darlene Surrey, and it is a hoot. Oh, sure, I could be biased. Darlene's character is shamelessly based on my mother-in-law, Arlene Murray. Click on the cover below and scroll down to sample the first part of this book.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Who you gonna call?

When there's something strange in the neighborhood?

Poke busters.

Out to Leo's for dinner last night. We tripped our way down Main Street, Stillwater, Minnesota. A lot of paranormal activity in the 'hood. Like, so much that over 100 volunteer PokeMonster busters were out.

Five sat at the table next to us, clearly exhausted from their efforts, in dire need of Leo's special Dad's root beer floats. I asked a fearless, pale young woman if they were the geeks we've heard tell of, but rarely seen in sunlight. She squinted and nodded, "Yep, we're hard core. Fixing' your matrix leak, Ma'am."

Whew. I'm just grateful that they are here. We've had so many strange incidents this past weekend. For starters the river mysteriously rose above flood stage. Then this suspicious character showed up yesterday and terrorized small children (NSFK, see photo). Then an elderly couple from California, wielding a massive RV, didn't read the 13 foot lift bridge clearance sign. They backed traffic way up the hill on both sides as they attempted crossing (photo below).

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Knitter's Elbow Recovery

I had to lay off my OCD knitting for a month. Good thing a) the pool is open, and b) my writing muse is back. Anyway, this is my first post-injury gift project -- a simple kid cardigan (size 2T) called "In Threes". I found the buttons in my mother's sewing stash.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Power to Turn Back Time!

Zoom to young caucasian couple sitting on a couch. Husband looks down and sighs heavily.

Man: “Ugh. Looks like we missed the first half of the twentieth century.”

Woman (dismayed expression): “And there’s no way to restart it . . . “

(Donald Trump with large guitar and tiny hands jumps in from left) —

“With Trump/Pence there is!”

(He strums and sings):

“You see we’ve got the power to turn back time,
So let’s restart the Depression of ’29,
and while we’re at it we’ll eat at soup lines too,
and take away your right to vote (points at woman)
and your vasectomy too (points to man)!
(man puts hand over crotch and laughs heartily)
Hey! That’s the power to turn back time! “

The second in the series features a Japanese American couple with Trump singing about the good old days of being in an internment camp. After that there's Mexican American and African American versions, a gay couple, and a mixed race couple. The possibilities are endless. It's fun to “turn back time” to make America great again.

The original ad.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Obama Responds

Heh. He got my email. Since we are being kicked off our healthcare insurance plan (see June 30 post below), his public option idea would work for us. Even better would be Clinton's "Medicare for More", which would lower the age for Medicare as an option to 55.