Greetings and welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of You Are What You Read. This week’s housekeeping includes a reminder that we will be open on Monday so come on by and visit if you haven’t frozen to death over the weekend. There were no Offerings this week which is fine. This winter is crushing me. I was delusional enough to think I didn’t need a gym this winter. I was horribly mistaken. When you see me be kind, please.
For those of you heading to warmer climes or taller colder heights this weekend, I am going to let you all in on a secret. If you are waiting for one of our most popular books and you read on a tablet, you will get that book much faster if you get it electronically from 3M. The holds on My Name is Lucy Barton and When Breath Becomes Air are virtually non-existent. So if you need help getting started People click here to begin the process.
There was a news story this week that has had me scratching my head. Apparently in Palm Beach, Florida (of course Florida) a 24-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault because he threw an alligator, which, by the way, was no Tiny Tourist Baby Alligator that you bring home, let live in the tub until you get bored and then send it on its tour of our water treatment system, but a Full Blown Grown Up Alligator measuring 3½ feet long through a Wendy’s Drive –Thru window after ordering a large beverage. He then paid by credit card ensuring that he would get caught. You can read about the whole story here. I still have lots of questions. For instance, this young man, who by all accounts is not Simple but a nearly grown human capable of decent and rational decision making, was driving around at 1:30 in the morning and saw this alligator and thought it would be a good idea to pick it up and place it in the front seat of his car. I, as a thinking grown woman cannot see any wisdom in this decision; never mind sharing the front seat with it. He then got thirsty, and drove to his neighborhood Wendy’s where after placing his order, ‘drove around’ as they ask one to do, paid for the bev with a credit card of all things and then when the Attendant’s back was turned threw the reptile through the window. Did he throw it like a football? Was there a spiral involved? This is a logical question after a Super Bowl weekend. Just what sort of noise does a gator make when it makes contact with the floor? Is it like when you drop your purse on the floor at the end of the day? And then I started wondering about other states. In Texas would an Armadillo be the animal of choice? I think it would be way easier to throw than an alligator. You could totally get a spiral going with an armadillo! We know what we would throw in PA and Staten Island (I am looking at you Phil and Chuck!). In Manhattan would it be Pizza Rat? Would it be the Rat and the Pizza or just the Rat? Do they even have Drive-Thru Windows in Manhattan? Would a squirrel be the CT equivalent of a gator? Somehow I don’t see a squirrel sitting quietly for a ride in a car. Anyway, I urge you to watch the accompanying interview with his parents. His father sits quietly on a sofa staring into the middle distance probably dreaming of a better day and perhaps solo inclusion in the Witness Protection Program somewhere in Idaho while the mother describes her son as a ‘prankster’ and an ‘outdoorsman’. Enjoy and if anyone has any answers please help this girl out.
In our countdown we are 107 days away from Memorial Day. Stay strong and stay warm this weekend People! We can do this!
This week we have a vet and some déjà vu. That’s it. That’s all we’ve got. It’s a long cold winter People.
Let us begin!
Barbara M is reading Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks. “The protagonist, Robert Hendrick is a psychiatrist and a veteran of World War II. He’s led a lonely and isolated life at first living with his mother and then away at schools after his father died in the First World War. An unexpected invitation arrives from an elderly doctor explaining that he was Hendrick’s father’s commander offering him the promise of more information about his father. This is a very introspective book about memory and loss and war and although it may not have the same impact as Faulk’s previous book, Birdsong, it is still very compelling. “
There is a new release that I adored reading this fall that I think you all need to be aware of. I love novels that have two story lines going on. It's so much fun to try to figure out how and when they are going to converge. In Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase we have the story of Amber who is a young girl living in London but she and her family really live for the time spent at the family estate, Black Rabbit Hall in Cornwall. Life is shining and perfect until one awful day when it all comes undone. Fast forward 30 years, Lorna is newly engaged when she and her fiancé stumble upon an old estate that would be perfect as a wedding venue. When Lorna's feeling of deja vu becomes stronger and stronger, she becomes obsessed to find out where she fits into the history of the house and the people who lived in it. I loved this modern day Gothic.
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from that State Up North with the final musings. What’s good Pats? “The progression of this week seems to be getting more and more surreal. Politics, the water crisis in Flint), the diet of a juice bar owner with the last name of Bacon (Spoiler alert: there’s no bacon in her diet, and the young man in Florida who chucked an alligator through the window of a drive-thru Wendy’s. I keep waiting to wake up and have someone tell me that I’ve dreamed all this. One can hope… Stay warm and enjoy this Valentine weekend with some chocolate, a good book and a couple of playlists.”
DL FL GATOR BLUES 2016
DL Warm Hearts+Snowpocalypse=There Better Be Chocolate in the House 2014