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Friday, November 7, 2008

Atlanta musings

I've been going through books like there was no tomorrow, what with audiobooks at the part time job. Over a 3 day period I listened to both "Culture Warrior" by Bill O'Reilly and "I am American and So Can You!" by Steven Colbert. Very interesting juxtaposition, as the latter is essentially a parody of the first. And you know what? I liked BOTH of the books, taking the first seriously and having a jolly good time listening to the second.

Also, remember the accident a few years back where a survivor was hospitalized for a month before it was realized it was not who they thought it was? Very tragic. I listened to the book "Mistaken Identity" and was entertained (in a most compassionate way).

Also I listened to the book Blink and it was absolutely GREAT! It was recommended to me and I dutifully put it on my to-read list and I loved it. I was enthralled by certain sections and after finishing it, almost started from the beginning again. Stew: if you liked "Stumbling On Happiness" you should read this one, too, as it covers similar ground surrounding how a person's brain works.

I'm reporting to you from most lovely Atlanta, where I am until next Tuesday for a work conference. I enjoy most of the classes I take, although admittedly some more than others.

Homeless Joe told me that someone was threatening to kill himself from jumping from some window of my hotel. Sure enough, there was a cop out front, but I saw no potential jumper, nor any evidence of a successful jump.

My room was upgraded for me beyond any possible reason: I am in a 2 bedroom apartment suite, so yes, even though I am only 1 person, I have two double beds from which to choose. I also have 2 full bathrooms, a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, and in case I have subjects coming to beg for something, a separate sitting room as well. It's almost too much room.


JojaJogger said...

Yes, but how is the hotel treadmill? I've been "cyber-stalking" you for awhile now since I too, an an almost all the time treadmill runner.

Diane said...

Nice to "meet" you: I do quite a bit of cyber stalking myself!

There's a roof-top health center that is really quite nice, but I didn't bring any work-out clothes with me! I really should have, but for the fact I didn't want to pay to check luggage and I ran out of room in my suitcase for running shoes and workout clothes! Maybe I'll have to go up and do some bicep curls or something!

Londell said...

Nice weather, nice room... looks like Atlanta is heavan right now... So cold here, BRRRRR. I have walked a treadmill at high elevation for 15 - 20 minutes in the past and it is a workout. I am enjoying the bike and eliptical and nature walks right now so we wil just wait to Christmas...

Take care!

Diane said...

I left MN at the perfect time: just before it started getting cold. The weather right now is perfect in Atlanta, very similar to our weather at the beginning of last week.

SteveQ said...

O'Reilly talks about nailing his claustrophobic uncle in a coffin as an amusing anecdote. That's my problem with him in a nutshell.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I just finished Carry a Big Stick, The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt-George Grant- Leaders in Action. What an amazing individual.
Shot snippets of his life with numerous quotes........stew