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Monday, October 31, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!






Halloween was one of my favorite holidays growing up, and not for the candy—well, it stopped being about the candy once I became a teenager, anyway. I loved the pranks, the thrill of doing stuff you're not supposed to do, without any real fear of jail-time (I bent rules. I didn't tend to break them).

Of course, there was that one year when my friends and I broke into the cadaver lab at the university. We had nothing but a bag of apples and a hatchet but we still managed to . . . wait, maybe that’s not a story I should share—I better check the statutes of limitations on something first ;).

My point is, now the holiday stresses me out and I feel old.

See, I used to egg cars, toilet-paper houses, have roman-candle wars in the cemetery. I even blew up a pumpkin or two. My friends and I would use the internet to find idea's for Halloween-hooliganising (is that a word??) which usually ended with regrettable, consequences (to this day I have a scar on my finger from an failed attempt at making smoke-bombs).

Now, things are different. It’s my car that gets egged, I’m cleaning up the toilet paper and bits of pumpkin in the morning, and one of those punks from down the street shot a Roman Candle at me last year! Plus, now I feel too responsible to arm myself, so I’m left shoving the elderly out of my way and scrambling for cover every-time the 31st rolls around.

Point goes to you, Karma, you sneaky little ....

Friday, October 14, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, CANADA

Ah, Thanksgiving. Roasting turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, could life get any better? Truthfully, yes! See, this year I missed thanksgiving dinner!

*Cue violins and sobbing children*

My wife and I are driving the Oregon coast, and it wasn't until yesterday that we realized thanksgiving had come and gone. *Shakes fist* Darn you, Americans, for not adopting our thanksgiving day as your own!!

Oh, don’t feel bad, I can afford to miss a giant meal or two - it's probably for the best. The reason for my post—besides wishing all you Canuckers a belated happy thanksgiving—is to share a promise I made to myself: Maybe not next year, or the one after, but one of these years I’m going to prepare a Thanksgiving dish that I’ve wanted to try since the moment I’ve heard of its existence. It’s something so magnificent that the mere mention of it brings Goosebumps to my arms. Are you ready? *Clears throat and offers grand arm flourish* TURDUCKEN!

That’s right, a Turducken. According to Wikipedia: A TURDUCKEN is a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed into a de-boned turkey. 



 Have you ever heard of something so marvelous? Of course you haven’t! Unless you’re one of the lucky few who have actually consumed this culinary masterpiece in which case I am eternally jealous of you!

I figure I have a couple years to learn exactly how one goes about de-boning a bird. It sounds . . . impossible.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

REFLEX



I’m not sure how I missed it, but I’m glad I finally learned about REFLEX, Steven Gould’s sequel to JUMPER, a book I reviewed a while back. I won’t dwell too much on the plot of REFLEX. I posted a review of JUMPER here and the premise remains the same, just different situations. I will just say that I really enjoyed it. Well done, Mr. Gould. If you haven’t read it, and you enjoy a science fiction story, you should pick it up.

The JUMPER series is a really interesting series to read. First, there’s the first book, JUMPER and REFLEX, which follow a similar story line and premise. Then there was GRIFFIN’S STORY, which is quite a divergence from the first two books and follows the premise set forth in the movie. It might sound confusing, but it really isn’t. Honestly, there’s something for everyone with this series. If you loved the movie version of the book, which I did, you’ll want to read GRIFFIN’S STORY, which gives more information on the secret society of Jumper-Hunters (Paladins). And, if you loved the book version, which I did, you’ll want to read REFLEX since it continues with the story of David Rice, and has nothing to do with Paladins at all. 

I would be very curious to learn how much influence Steven Gould had over the film version of his book.

I am always acutely aware of the POV of the books I read, and I found it very interesting that that book one, JUMPER, was written in first person, while book two, REFLEX, was written in third person. I’d love to pick Mr. Gould’s mind on why he decided to do that. Not that I didn’t like it, both books were great reads (all three, actually), but I’ve never seen a series of books written from different POV’S.