Saturday, September 29, 2007

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Monday, September 17, 2007

Summer Reading Roundup '07




The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint Exupery






This was a re-read. It was just as awesome the second time. Also, guess what. The author was born on June 29, just like me.

10/10








The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Dan Millman






A fairly uplifting and inspiring book. The story wasn't particularly interesting, but it had some cool ideas that were probably newer in the 70s when it was written. One thing that bothered me was the way Socrates kept giving Dan visions by pressing on his eyelids. When I do that all I see are swirly gray things. Also, did he really forget Joy, or was that just more embellishment?

7/10





The Monkey Wrench Gang

Edward Abbey






This one is fun, especially if you are a Utahn, a Mormon, an environmetalist, an anarchist, or a vandal. I am or have been in the past each of those things to varying degrees, so you can imagine how much I liked it. Some of Abbey's puns are unbearable, but since he seems to be having so much fun making them, I didn't mind so much. There are some radical politics in here (similar to Tyler Durden's) so if you have a hard time suspending judgment AND you listen to Sean Hannity, I would steer clear of this one.

9/10





River Teeth

David James Duncan





Short Stories. Good ones. Some of them drag a bit, but so does summer.

8/10









Everything's Eventual

Stephen King






More short stories. Dark Ones. Stephen King writes with reckless abandon, with some entertaining (though sometimes silly) results.

8/10

imaginary forces

This blog has lost focus. It's getting all comercial, man. It used to be about the blogging, man.

But it's back on track now. Or maybe on track for the first time ever. You'll see.

The ERV? Don't worry about that. It's not important.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Called to ERV, ch. 2

Another week of the ERV, and this time I had big plans.

Thursday by the time I finally got everyone driven to where they needed to be, relayed all of the info to the office and got my camp site set up, it was dark. I ate a few spoonfuls of peanut butter and my banana for dinner.

Friday I spent the entire day repairing my wooden backpack, carving a new spoon (out of cow horn this time instead of juniper) and throwing my tomahawk. I also spent a good portion of the day as a naturist. I've decided it is a wholesome practice. That night I got a call on the radio from the Gnowees (one of our girls' groups) at midnight. They had hiked all evening and late into the night to their GPS waypoints but said there were no jugs of water left for them there. So I drove several jugs of water out to them. I found the water they had looked for in about two minutes, which means my journey was completely unnecessary. Nerds.

Saturday was almost entirely dedicated to tomahawk throwing, but I distracted myself by listening to the radio at the same time. Here's your basic Saturday lineup on KUER:

10 am: Car Talk
11 am: Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, the NPR news quiz show
12 pm: American Routes
1 pm: American Routes (more of it!)
2 pm: (boring) NPR news
3 pm: This American Life (listen to this; it's the best thing on the radio right now)
4 pm: (boring) something else
5 pm: A Prairie Home Companion
7 pm: The Thistle and Shamrock

That's right around the time I have talk on our CB and a satellite phone for an hour or so. Then time for bed

Sunday began another peaceful, solitary day of radio, reading, and time-consuming hobbies (this was the day I worked on my tamarisk bow). Until about 1 pm when disaster struck! Tune in next time to find out what in the world I'm talking about.