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Friday, June 10, 2005

Being a sloooooooooow reader is a heavy burden to bear. It keeps me from getting through all the books I want to read, and it forces me to make some really hard choices. Iíd love to be one of those people who can read a book a day. I get cross-eyed with envy of Those People.

Which is part of the problem. I canít spend all the hours reading that Iíd like to. I canít use all the time that would be available, because my eyes get tired and watery after a while. Itís hard to read with eyes that you canít even open because of the stinging, but thatís the situation I find myself in sometimes at night.

During the day itís better, but thatís when I have to steal time. The daylight hours arenít really my own, but sometimes I can borrow them. I have to pay them back, of course, but I put in enough hours that I donít feel guilty. Well, I do feel guilty, but I get over it.

What I wanted to do, some time during the next month, was reread Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Thatís because the next sequel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which I ordered on December 21, will be delivered in July. But I realized as soon as I picked up the book that, even though Iíve read it before, its 800-plus pages would just use up too much valuable time, when I could and should be reading something new.

Anyway, Iíll probably want to reread Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before that movie comes out in November.

Besides, thereís a new Lynley mystery out, and I have full bookcases, loaded with possibilities. If I could read fast, Iíd read them all. Since I have to choose, I have to be sure that Iím using the time I have as wisely as possible.

6 June 2005

Cloud patch.

I used to say that if I could change one thing about myself, it would be my inability to carry a tune. Now, Iíd still like to be able to sing, but if I could make such a wish, and if my genie were so miserly that I could only have one, it would be to read faster. I guess my third one would be for eyes that could focus for hours at a time. Burgess Meredith made that mistake on The Twilight Zone, and Iíve never forgotten it.

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The Giants didnít have much of a chance, trailing 5-2 after eight innings. They havenít been scoring in bunches lately, even bunches of three. When the Indians started running around the bases with seven straight hits (and five more runs) in the top of the ninth, it was all but over. The Giants lost, 10-2, in the first meeting between these two teams (except for practice games) since the 1954 World Series. (Which the Giants won in four straight, but that was over 50 years ago.)

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