Life in bullet points.

  • My list of want-to-read books on Goodreads was approaching 800.
  • Clearly, I was never going to read them all.
  • Action was taken: I deleted all with an average rating of less than 3.7.
  • Good goal.
  • But there were a couple-few authors for whom I made a exception
  • Minette Walters. I have read several of her books, and they are okay when I want a good, old British suspense novel with psychological overtones.
  • Tracy Kidder. I have had a soft spot for this Pulitzer Prize-winning author ever since I read his Mountains Beyond Mountains.
  • T.C. Boyle. I have read a couple of his books and found them nicely thought-provoking.
  • Exceptions were made for books that sounded just too darned fun or intriguing to skip.
  • There are certain book cover designs that I have belatedly learned to avoid.
  • Like these:
  • And these (these are not the most definitive examples because I didn’t think to give you examples until I had deleted all of them from my want-to-read list):
  • Okay, enough about books.
  • I have been doing phone banking for Democratic candidates.
  • The phone lists are only Democratic voters who requested absentee ballots.
  • No attempts to convert MAGA voters, thank FSM.
  • They are a lost cause.
  • As I go down the list of candidates, the voters tend to respond with an enthusiastic Yes! to each one.
  • Except Mandela Barnes, our current lieutenant governor, who is running against Ron Johnson for US Senate.
  • There would be a pause and the voter would say something like, “I’m not sure about him.”
  • Mandela is Black.
  • He was way ahead in the polls until Johnson started airing attack ads in late August.
  • They debated last night.
  • NBC’s analysis. New York Times analysis (better).
  • I emailed Mandela’s campaign to encourage him to rebut some of the attacks and told about my experiences on the phone.
  • The accepted wisdom is to ignore attack ads and focus on positives.
  • But the attack ads are being effective.
  • Fingers crossed.
  • When I got my eyes checked back in August, I learned I had Fuch’s endothelial dystrophy, aka corneal edema.
  • The optometrist referred me to an eye surgeon for treatment.
  • I had never heard of this condition and decided I wanted a second opinion.
  • Appointment in November; stay tuned.
  • You know I will post about this in excruciating detail.
  • I also emailed my favorite primary care doc — Elder Son.
  • No word back from him yet.
  • My right leg/knee is giving me trouble.
  • Let’s not talk about that yet.
  • Getting old ain’t for sissies.
  • The fall colors here are at their peak.
  • It is glorious.
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3 Responses to Life in bullet points.

  1. gayle says:

    I can’t imagine anyone hesitating to vote for ANYONE other than Ron Johnson, who is the Worst Possible Choice. I would vote for a cardboard box with ‘democrat’ painted on the side, even if it were on fire…

  2. handeyecrafts8306 says:

    I don’t know anything, really, about Barnes, but Johnson makes me sick to my stomach.

  3. Kat says:

    Oh my. Perhaps I need to “cull my TBR list” as well.

    and I am holding out hope for Mr. Barnes, Mr. Ryan, and Mr. Fetterman that they all can pull out wins!

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