“ I believe that magic is art and that art is literally magic.”
- Alan Moore
One minute book reviews of all the books I read in December.
After his retirement from the Port of The Dalles, he kept himself busy by finishing his dream home, building a two-story barn, two carports, and finally a home for his daughter. He restored a 1963 Chrysler New Yorker to pristine condition, insisting that everything was original, right down to the radio. Those were just the big projects. There were a million little projects too. Antiques he refinished, dog houses he built, cars he fixed, trees planted, neighbors’ driveways he plowed. He could do it all.
If you have ever walked on the floating sidewalks of The Dalles boat marina, you’ve walked on his work. If you have ever been to Riverfront Park, you’ve seen his work there too.
You know those so-called “facts” about Chuck Norris? I hate to tell you this, but those facts are all wrong. Oh, the facts themselves aren’t in dispute. There really was a man who pushed the earth down when he did push-ups, and inspired fear in the boogeyman. He just wasn’t an actor named Chuck Norris. He was a man named Robert Rundell.
Guess what else goes great together? Working out and libraries. Not working out AT the library, although I do get a lot of squats in while getting down to put books on the bottom shelves. I mean work outs that you can get for free through the library.
A few years back, I spent an entire day (Halloween) dressed up as Yanni. Yes, that Yanni. I wore a pair of faux- leather pants I’d acquired from an old boyfriend, and billowy, white shirt purchased from the Goodwill. In retrospect this was more Jim Morrison than Yanni, but hey, nobody questioned it at the time. Let me be honest and say that I was already sporting a pretty Yanni-esque hairstyle at the time, so all that was needed was an extremely tight sports bra with fake chest hair attached, and of course, the trademark mustache. Here I am striking my best Yanni pose at the end of the night. Before I rocked this look at a party, I was rocking this look while I signed copies of my book at Klindt’s book store in The Dalles, Oregon. So just to be clear, “Signing copies of a book I wrote, in my hometown, dressed as adult-contemporary superstar Yanni” is totally crossed off my bucket list. I learned two things on that day. One: the world is not ready for a woman dressed like Yanni, and two: people don’t really get my fascination with him. I tried, mostly in vain, to explain what makes him so awesome, and for my trouble I was rebuked by raised eyebrows, and a offered a few awkward, “yeah, okays” in response. I now understand that explaining why something is awesome is a little like explaining why something is funny. It sort...
Library employee. Book nerd. Star Trek fan. Anglophile. Dancing extrovert. Baker of delicious pastries. Master of mason jar salads. Unabashedly feminist. Cheese aficionado. Never met a taco she didn’t love.
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