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December 8th, 2005


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09:57 am - 1000, Joe Merchant, and a fingernail clipping
Random note: Only a magician would be this worried about a lost fingernail clipping.

On an even more random note: The entry on Salzberg was my 1,000th LJ entry.

Also:

I found Joe Merchant. I'd tell you what happened next, but that'd spoil the story.

Where Is Joe Merchant really is a great book. I was struck by how much it reminded me of the Illuminatus! Trilogy as I was reading yesterday. The book has pretty much everything you could dream of. Just to name a few of the things:

  • murder
  • sex
  • a woman with green eyes who walks back into Frank's life
  • romance and reality
  • Atlantis
  • UFO's
  • a woman who comes in contact with alien intelligence while screwing under a telescope
  • mystery
  • Alaska and Key West
  • a space ship named Cosmic Muffin
  • a rock star who couldn't take the life
  • a yellow journalist
  • a guy who finally did what we all want to do to jet ski's and Hollywood directors: blow them up
  • transmigration
  • pirates and pirate towns
  • Fidel Castro
  • an African warlord who's out for blood and a magic scepter
  • Hurricanes and sea squalls, and the Bermuda Triangle

And it's all prefectly believeable. At least, I can't say as it'd surprise me.

I think I'll go to Half Price Books today and try and locate Don't Stop the Carnival. I need to get a Norman Paperman fix. Then I'll have to get around to finishing A Salty Piece of Land. But now that I've finished with Frank Bama (with whom I found a good identification), I want to move onto Norman Paperman (with whom I've always had an identification since I first heard of him), and then back to Tully Mars (a hero of mine who turned me onto the only Catholic saint I have any devotion for, St. Barbara). I'm not sure if I'll like Norman or Tully better, but I imagine one of those two will be more. . . I dunno.

Happily ever after, now and then. . . indeed. Understanding that it of vital importance to me.

It's funny, but my longest vacation since I started work here has only left me wanting to be back at it. . . not at all rested and returned to work.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Fruitcakes", -JB

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From:chronarchy
Date:December 9th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
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The Patron Saint of Lightning. The common prayer among sailors during storms is, "Please, St. Barbara, save our miserable skins!"

She's common among shrimpers and sailors, and I'm surprised that the CE doesn't really mention that, but hey, it's a Gulf Coast/West Indies thing, it seems.

As for why, well. . . Why not? Seems like a perfectly reasonable Saint to venerate, and she fits nicely with St. Gulik, I think, my other patron Saint.

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