Trip to Barnes & Noble —–> a dross of dosh dropped, dozens of ducats dispersed, dollops of dollars dumped.

I’ve never done this before.  Frankly, I didn’t know I had the strength in me to do it.  But I did. And it feels at once great and foolish.  I go to the bookmart. I fill up my basket.  My cousin that was with me has an even better system. She stops buying when she runs out of arms.  Hmmmm…why not.  So I pick up a nice variety — that’s the first sign I don’t even know what I want. 

I looked for the Loeb Greek and Latin Classics series. Nothing.  No Thing.  Nada. Zero.  Zilch. Bupkus. Why am I even surprised. (Rhetorical question, hence no question mark.)

But enough banter…


  • 442 MAGAZINE: Wayne Rooney on cover. 
  • Fourfourtwo[SAMPLE COVER]
    • You really have to love the beautiful game to buy a mag with Wayne’s monkey mug on the cover.  They could double their selling power by having the Rooney story headline on the cover with a picture of someone more photogenic like Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul, and my current hottie o’the year — Kaka. 


  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.  Penguin Books GREAT IDEAS Series.  Some of his ideas are echoed in the Bible, esp. Book 2, Item 1:
    • Meditations (Penguin Great Ideas)Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness — all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil…none of these things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading…  [Luke 23:34]

Book 8, Item 38: In the words of Crito the Sage, "If thou hast eyes to see, then see." [Luke 16:31, 17:22-23]




  • Dawn’s Awakening by Lora Leigh
  • The Truth About Chuck Norris
    • Chuck Norris jokes. I love! CN jokes, but it’s cheaper to get them off the internet
    • chuck norris book
  • The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry
    • My favorite raconteur.  I read his bio MOAB IS MY WASHPOT and I was blown away by the breadth of his intellect.  But the trickster gods have not been kind to him.  He can’t dance, but he can write award-winning musicals.  He doesn’t look like  a romantic hero, but he can play one in the movies (Oscar Wilde).   He can’t play any instruments, but he can write a book about how to understand classical music. 
    • In this, though, all the stars are aligned.  He’s like the "cool" teacher — the one who understands but is not afraid to laugh at eccentricity.  He understands the nature of beauty and talent in a way worthy of any philosopher.  But alas, I did not keep the book.  I had to choose and since soccer is in full heat, I kept monkey mug.
    • The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within


Chuck Norris book

Ode Less Travelled



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Steve on February 25, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    I\’m weak and can\’t help but want to join the alliterative fun.  You\’ve presumably used all the d\’s, but I can mention chunks of change chewed up, craploads of cash consumed, sheaves of shekels shot, and beaucoup de bucks blown, at least.
    You and my wife are definitely on the same page soccer-wise.  She likes Rooney well enough when he scores for Man U, but doesn\’t care to look at him.  Your list would be greatly preferred for that.  Several years ago, she had Raul picked out as a potential match for our daughter.  That was before Kaka had arrived on the scene, though.  It was a sad day when she found out the Brazilian boy of dreams was engaged.
    It\’s funny that you mentioned Stephen Fry.  I saw a recording of an English show last week called QI where he is the host of a kind of celebrity game show where the answers to questions are meant to show off more of wit than knowledge.  He was the perfect host since he\’s such a quick-thinking quipster himself.  I\’d heard of his autobiography before and was curious about it.  I think now I\’ll put it on my list.
    Oh, and I liked the Ottoism.  Bupkus is the key to making it work, but you can throw in the Italian "niente" for flavoring, too.


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