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Monday, May 5, 2014

Vacation in Mexico

      A gentle rain, a warm breeze, the murmur of waves on the beach, today will be a little cooler than yesterday, it will only reach the low 80s. The tropical rain forest is experiencing a little rain and that has cooled things off a bit. The hammock is under the upstairs neighbor’s balcony and only a light mist lands on my bare legs. The IPad seems not to notice the small droplets. Reading of my vacation book list is unhampered, I can immerse myself in worlds of the imagination. I can travel faster than light across galaxies, I can delve into the mysterious world of thermodynamics, I can read about the earth’s geology, I can be the white sorcerer in Middle Earth. I have so much reading time available I can even waste some on American politics. This trip we are staying 22 days.

      The real Mexico is vastly different from what is depicted on American news programs, no one in the Yucatan was beheaded by a drug lord today, or yesterday, or last week. The food is tasty, the sea is an aqua blue, and the beach is clean, white, soft sand. The sand is so fine and deep that I sink as I walk, that is my major hardship, even that will help build my calf muscles. A little muscle toning is OK when you are in your late sixties.

      It took me 40 years to get here and I intent to relax now. I have always been lazy but never had the opportunity to be lazy. I had to complete college, raise a family, pay bills, buy cars and houses, train dogs and get up early 6 days every week. That went on for 40 years, and darn near wore me out. There was just no time for being lazy, now there is. I will read every the books I brought with me.

From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time. (Thermodynamics)

The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World’s Greatest Empire (History)

The Synchronicity War Part 1 (SciFi)

A Memory of Light (Final book in The Wheel of Time)

Battle Cry of Freedom (Civil War History)

The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years (Geology)

The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett, don’t know the genre)

Making Money (Another Pratchett novel)

Deep Space: Star Carrier (SciFi)

A sixth Grade textbook on Sentence Diagraming (I’m trying to learn how to write blogs)

The Elements of Style (College Freshman textbook, more about learning to write)

      I’m not really reading the last two titles, it is more like studying the last two titles. I’m most of the way through the sentence diagramming text book, I catch myself diagraming road signs as I drive. I can’t tell if it has helped my writing any, but at least I can tell a noun from an adjective, and all my sentences now have a noun/pronoun and a verb. You know. This puts me ahead of most other political bloggers.

      I’ll be posting essays and short rants over the next two weeks. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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