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Thursday, March 30, 2000

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Back to work

It was back to work today. Problems and piles of stuff to do. It's not the basic work load that's a problem when you're away from work but the odds and ends that pile up. The questions on voicemail. The odd pieces of paper that have appeared on one's desk. . . and no knows where they came from or who put them there.

I did finish two more mysteries yesterday. Mysteries go so fast as they pull me to the ending or I give up the slog in disgust and just read the end to see what happened. The first book was "Sudden Mischief" by Robert B Parker. This is the first time I've read one of the Spenser series even though they are always given good reviews. It was a good book, though Spenser is just a little too good, oh so tough, yet so tender and thoughtful, to really be believeable. Good plot, good ending, nice twists. I don't usually enjoy books where people get beat up as a matter of course, but it was handled nicely.

The second book was "Merchant's House" by Kate Ellis. A black detective, married to a white woman, recently assigned to a nice, small town, where he can use his degree in archeology to help solve a 400 year old murder, as well as a modern one. Damn, that is so politically correct, but I enjoyed it anyway. The archeological tie in on the murders was a plus for me and the characters were well done, though on the edge of just too cute. Ellis brought up some thought provoking ideas on what motherhood is, now and then.

The News:

It hurts to watch Elian Gonzales on television. He is being used by everyone, with the best intentions, but whatever happens, he is going to be hurt. Either way he's going to lose someone he cares about and be expected to live up to expectations he wasn't told about and he won't know why.

The administration that invented the internet finally figured out where some emails are! Yeah, right.

Thank goodness the flag amendment was defeated. There are much worse problems than flag burning. As long they buy the flag they burn and don't burn someone else's flag, I can't see how we can stop them. I personally think it's a divisive, discourteous and harmful way to get one's point across, but I don't see how we can say that they can't do it.

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